Zac Taylor’s tenure in charge of the Bengals is off to an inauspicious start.
Cincinnati thought it was hiring the next Sean McVay in the former Rams assistant, but he’s off to an 0–3 start after losing to the Bills in Buffalo this week.
The Bills game—unlike the blowout home loss against the Niners—went down to the wire. The Bengals had the ball in Buffalo territory in the closing seconds with one timeout left but Andy Dalton threw a backbreaking interception. The ball was tipped twice before it landed in the arms of Tre’Davious White, who had already picked off Dalton earlier in the game. White fell to the ground, curled up in a ball and the play was whistled dead.
After the play was over, though, White and his teammates ran into the corner of the end zone to celebrate. When they did, Taylor started going ballistic. He was screaming at an official on the sideline, arguing that his team should be awarded a safety. That’s obviously ridiculous, because everyone knows that a player can be ruled down if he goes to the ground and makes no effort to advance the ball.
“I was looking for a safety, but I guess he declared himself down just because he gets up and runs around,” Taylor said after the game. “That is what we were all yelling for, was to get the safety and get the ball back.”
Wishful thinking, but that was never going to happen. White clearly waits until the referee has blown his whistle before he gets up and starts celebrating. Everybody on the field and in the stands knew it was game over. Maybe Taylor knew, too, but he’ll have to follow the rules to get his first NFL win.
Welcome to the league
It sure looks like Pat Shurmur made the right decision in turning to Daniel Jones.
Jones engineered a fantastic game-winning drive in his first career start to top the Bucs in Tampa, capped by this heads-up run on fourth down to take the lead.
It would have been a much different story, though, if Tampa Bay kicker Matt Gay had had a better day. The rookie missed one extra point, had another blocked and ultimately pushed the would-be game-winner wide from just 34 yards.
Would it have been good from 29 yards? Maybe, but head coach Bruce Arians instructed his team to take a delay of game penalty because he thought Gay had a better chance from farther away.
Bruce Arians explaining why Bucs took a delay penalty to go from the 9-yard line to the 14, setting up what was a Matt Gay miss wide from 34 yards: "I just took it on purpose. Yeah, he's better back, that field goal is easier 5 yards back."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 23, 2019
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UPDATE: They have grossly underestimated the LSU fan base and the bar has already run out of vodka 40 minutes after opening.— Taylor Martina (@olmec26) September 21, 2019
Vandy wasn’t ready for LSU, either
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CC Sabathia’s family pays tribute to the Hall of Famer
With the bat flip and everything!
Like a ton of bricks
Just the worst own goal you can allow
Co víc si o derby přát😁 Pracovitost, klid a slávistické♥️— Helena Smolíková (@HelenaSmolikova) September 22, 2019
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+Specialista na rudé Suk
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Gardner Minshew in his natural environment
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Never gets old
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The peak of American culture
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Even the cops had to smile
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