Monday, November 18, 2013
Breaking down the punt-team breakdowns
By Pat McManamon
Breakdowns by the Cleveland Browns and good plays by the Cincinnati Bengals led to the crucial special teams mistakes that contributed significantly to the Browns' 21-point loss.
“We had two major breakdowns there,” coach Rob Chudzinski said.
One tipped punt and one blocked punt gave the Bengals two touchdowns and helped turn the momentum toward Cincinnati.
The first rush came up the middle, as the Bengals drove a rusher into center Christian Yount and looped Shawn Williams up the middle. Williams was able to tip the ball, which was not considered a block because it went beyond the line of scrimmage.
But the nine-yard “punt” set up the Bengals' second touchdown.
Yount said he should have changed the protection before the play. He also said his snap drifted right, which took punter Spencer Lanning closer to Williams as he rushed.