Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals
By Coley Harvey
CLEVELAND -- Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 17-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
"Embarrassing": This was the word used most often by Bengals veterans immediately after Sunday's loss. Defensive tackle Domata Peko compared it to the opening-weekend loss at Chicago. Here's how Pro Bowl offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth put it: "Being a leader and an older guy and all those things, it's embarrassing. It can't happen again, and we've got to find a way to correct it, and we have the ability and talent that it should never happen."
Second-guess?Whitworth was among those who suggested the Bengals may have needed to change their play call at the line during an early fourth-and-1. Down 7-3 with the ball on Cleveland's 1 halfway through the second quarter, the Bengals went for the first down. They didn't convert when BenJarvus Green-Ellis was hit behind the line of scrimmage. "We just have to do a better job of getting ourselves in a better play and executing," Green-Ellis said.
Last to dress: The loss hit some defensive players hard. Defensive end Michael Johnson was the last player still in uniform when reporters left the locker room. Only seven other players, all but three defensive players, were still changing.