Last year the Bengals thought highly enough of linebacker Dontay Moch that they took him with the second pick in the third round of the NFL draft, but his rookie season did not go well. Moch suffered a foot injury in the first preseason game and never got on the field in the regular season.
This year things may be going even worse for Moch. He is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for using a banned substance, and the early reviews of his work at Organized Team Activities are not positive.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer told reporters that Moch has to improve.
“He needs to get better at linebacker,” Zimmer said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He does show some pass rush ability. It’s one of those how he can improve at linebacker.”
When asked how frustrating it is that Moch hasn’t seen the field in a real game, Zimmer indicated that what frustrates him more is that Moch still doesn’t know the defense.
“It’s frustrating not just for that reason,” Zimmer said. “He’s been here for a year and he’s making mistakes that he shouldn’t be making. He’s sat in the meetings and heard stuff but that’s not the best way for him to learn. He has to get out there and do it. He’s behind schedule that way.”
If Moch wants to save his job on the Bengals, he’s going to need to get on schedule in a hurry.