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Bengals’ Mike Zimmer: Dontay Moch “needs to get better”

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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.

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21 Responses to “Bengals’ Mike Zimmer: Dontay Moch “needs to get better””
  1. joetoronto says: Jun 5, 2012 12:57 PM

    Somebody has a pay cut coming.

  2. kacapaco says: Jun 5, 2012 1:07 PM

    That the clearest way of saying ‘he will be gone unless he miraculously improves his game.’

  3. fraleyr says: Jun 5, 2012 1:10 PM

    Get’em zimmer!

  4. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jun 5, 2012 1:17 PM

    The whole Bengals need to get better. You’ll never surpass the Steeler Nation but just to win a playoff game. You haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years. lol

  5. fraleyr says: Jun 5, 2012 1:32 PM

    Pretty sure we swept the steelers just a couple years ago. Just sayin

  6. farty5 says: Jun 5, 2012 1:33 PM

    A workout-warrior who is raw, on the field. You don’t say?

    You could tell he was all style, no substance coming out of the draft.

  7. talkintrashallday says: Jun 5, 2012 1:36 PM

    Moch is just fooling the Bengals into thinking all this so he can cut him and ::POOF:: – he’s outta Cincinnati!! BRILLIANT!!! then he can start his pro career with a REAL team!!

  8. okieviacal says: Jun 5, 2012 1:42 PM

    Love what the Bengals have done on defense in the past few drafts. Moch, Johnson, Dunlap, Atkins: all dynamic pass rushers. Though I am not a huge Bengals fan, its great to see them putting things together!

  9. ravenator says: Jun 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    They said this guy resembled Ray Lewis comin out of college, yeah right, Bengal fans could only wish.

  10. deljzc says: Jun 5, 2012 2:20 PM

    Typical square peg, round hole argument.

    Moch was never projected to be a very good linebacker. He was a pass rusher in college and there were concerns about standing him up even for 3-4 teams.

    Now a 4-3 team like Cincinnati drafts him and expects him to become a great SAM linebacker and it’s not working.

    Of course they are going to blame the player when that doesn’t work out. I’m not absolving Moch in this whole mess, but sometimes those scouting reports printed before drafts actually DO mean something.

  11. luke8512 says: Jun 5, 2012 2:25 PM

    While he did break his foot in the preseason the main reason he couldn’t get on the field during the season was due to debilitating migraines. Which caused some to speculate that his failed drug test may have come from his medication for said migraines.

    Although none of this excuses his mistakes on the practice field. Just wanted to get the rest of the story in there.

  12. pskotte says: Jun 5, 2012 2:30 PM

    ravenator says:
    Jun 5, 2012 1:51 PM
    They said this guy resembled Ray Lewis comin out of college
    ===================================

    Who is “they”? Moch played DE in college, not LB. Whoever said that is as confused as a Ravens fan.

  13. hitdog042 says: Jun 5, 2012 3:21 PM

    Are non Bengal fans seriously ragging a dude that was injured his rookie season and has yet to play in a game?

    Boring day, fellas?

    Ravens and Steeler fans.. every time they open their mouth it’s the verbal diarrhea.

  14. t8ertot says: Jun 5, 2012 3:36 PM

    “The whole Bengals need to get better. You’ll never surpass the Steeler Nation but just to win a playoff game. You haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years. lol”

    Same boring old material. News flash: not the same ol bungles

  15. morgan420 says: Jun 5, 2012 5:29 PM

    If he doesent get up to par by the start of the regular season id cut him. “praying it wouldn’t be a mistake”

  16. raiderapologist says: Jun 5, 2012 6:57 PM

    hitdog042 says: Jun 5, 2012 3:21 PM

    Are non Bengal fans seriously ragging a dude that was injured his rookie season and has yet to play in a game?

    Sounds like it’s the Bengals’ DC that’s ragging on the guy, and ragging him pretty hard.

  17. vincentbojackson says: Jun 5, 2012 11:45 PM

    ravenator says:
    They said this guy resembled Ray Lewis comin out of college, yeah right, Bengal fans could only wish.

    —————-
    Funny how you use the word “hater” anytime anyone has a negative comment about your beloved purple browns.

    Yet you have no problem popping off a bunch of nonsense directed at the rest of the AFC North.

    You’ve become exactly what you despise.

  18. joetoronto says: Jun 6, 2012 5:37 AM

    As long as he’s willing to work for cheap, he has a job.

  19. londonbengal says: Jun 6, 2012 11:02 AM

    @ ‘steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing’ said…..

    “The whole Bengals need to get better. You’ll never surpass the Steelers nation, just to win a play-off game. You haven’t won a play-off game in 20 years, LOL”…….

    ================================

    We may be a pretty lousy team in your eyes; but; unlike retards like you; at least we can string a coherent sentence together; and we appear to have won more AFC Championships than your IQ buddy………

    Lets get a few things straight pal.

    The Steelers were founded in 1933, and didn’t win their first championship until the AFC Central crown in 1972, thats 39 whole years if ineptitude; Steeler ineptitude.

    So, right now; the Bengals have had a more succesful opening 4 decades than the Steelers ever did.

    Will we ever win 6 Superbowls ? Unlikely based on recent history, but at least we’ve had a more succesful first 40 years than Pittsburgh.

  20. londonbengal says: Jun 6, 2012 11:10 AM

    ‘joetoronto’ said……..

    “as long as he’s willing to work for cheap, he has a job”………..

    ==============================

    Dontay Moch signed a 4-year $3 Million dollar contract, with a $669,000 bonus just for signing.

    If thats your idea of ‘working for cheap’ buddy, i should change your tag to ‘joebahamas’………

  21. steelcityrapist says: Jun 6, 2012 12:27 PM

    GOTTA LOVE THE STUPID COMMENTS BY THE PURPLE PIGEONS FANS!

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