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Jeremy Hill: It’s put up or shut up time for Bengals

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:  Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bengals are off to a 2-3 start this season and are coming off a 28-14 loss to the Cowboys that never felt quite as close as that final score might indicate.

The three losses have come in different ways and each game has seen different parts of the team play well while others fail to hold up their end of the bargain. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell called for more consistency across all phases of the team, but running back Jeremy Hill said it’s not time to talk about what’s wrong with the team. For Hill, it’s just time to go out and do it.

“You can’t make any more excuses about it,” Hill said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “You can’t say oh, we need to do this or that — you just gotta go out there and do it. For us, it’s put up or shut up time for us, especially as an offense. We haven’t played at the level that we need, and are capable, of playing. We’ve got to go out there and do it, bottom line.”

The offense may be under particular pressure to come together for a better performance this weekend. The Bengals will be in New England for Tom Brady’s first post-suspension home game and history says he’ll be shooting for the same kind of big numbers in that spot that he got in Cleveland last Sunday.

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32 Responses to “Jeremy Hill: It’s put up or shut up time for Bengals”
  1. xdolfan says: Oct 11, 2016 8:14 AM

    Oh that’s it, Chargers. Blame it on the kicker who had nothing to do with you guys losing again. Maybe, I dunno, play so as to not be in such a place where the snap doesn’t go sailing over the kicker’s head? Maybe redirect that misguided anger at whoever snapped the ball?

  2. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Oct 11, 2016 8:35 AM

    Agreed. First half of the schedule has been brutal, however, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best – and we haven’t. There’s still time – they have 5 division games left, but there is little room left now to lose any game that they “should” win.

  3. joetoronto says: Oct 11, 2016 8:39 AM

    The window of opportunity doesn’t stay open forever and Mike Brown has been way too patient with Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton.

    The HC job should have clearly been given to Mike Zimmer, who has the Vikings at 5-0 atop of the NFL.

    This team is where it is because of poor decisions and a very low setting of the bar of acceptance by ownership and the fanbase.

  4. rutchaser says: Oct 11, 2016 8:43 AM

    At least he’s showing more of a sense of urgency than coach Marvin who I watched laugh yet again during his press conference yesterday. I guess if you keep your job for 14 years without any REAL success, there is no reason to change your ways. Should’ve never let Zimmer leave. He should be the Bengals head coach right now.

  5. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 11, 2016 8:45 AM

    doesn’t matter how good your specialty players are if your line is bad your sunk and the Bengals line is B A D.

  6. benchokeshischikin says: Oct 11, 2016 8:51 AM

    Bengal Fan Here: There’s no question what they’ll do: shut up. It’s all they’ve ever done under ML when they play quality teams–underperform. We should have fired Middle of the Road Marv and hired Zim when we had the chance.

  7. elyasm says: Oct 11, 2016 8:55 AM

    They’re playing the Patriots this week? Put me down for $20 on shut up.

  8. nflequalswwe says: Oct 11, 2016 8:55 AM

    Brandon LaFell calling for consistency is like Donald Trump calling for chivalry…

  9. 4sacroc says: Oct 11, 2016 8:59 AM

    2-4.

    Soon.

  10. tylawspick6 says: Oct 11, 2016 8:59 AM

    Didn’t this guy get hurt on Sunday?

  11. theageofquarrel says: Oct 11, 2016 9:06 AM

    The Bungles are a dumpster fire

  12. jocko1181 says: Oct 11, 2016 9:23 AM

    Unfortunately, a lot of their “window” has been wasted letting Marvin run his program which has obvious limitations. I expect the Patriots to deliver the death blow to their season this week.

    On the positive side for Bengals, don’t think their window is closed. AJ Green is great, Dalton has NOT been the problem at all and there are several strong pieces on defense, and they are all signed long-term without pending cap hell. With a change in leadership to someone tougher, they can be a great quick bounce-back candidate.

  13. 4sacroc says: Oct 11, 2016 9:31 AM

    And Marvin Lewis remains employed because….???

  14. nhpats says: Oct 11, 2016 9:42 AM

    The Bengals have no shortage of talent. Of course they have a weak coach and the red-headed guy who can’t win in the postseason. They need to clean up those two situations before they will win anything meaningful….

  15. rutchaser says: Oct 11, 2016 9:52 AM

    Marvin needs to go and it should’ve happened about 6 years ago but anyone blaming Dalton is just wrong on this one.

  16. bengaljuice says: Oct 11, 2016 10:10 AM

    I think it’s safe to say most Bengals fans wanted Zim as head coach – and we knew he’d be successful as HC. However to sit here now and say look at the Vikings they’re 5-0 why do we have Marvin? Bengals started 8-0 under Marvin just last year. Bengals have lost a lot of pieces since last year so the struggle isn’t unexpected. Also are people seriously still lumping Dalton into the shortcomings this year? People either do not watch Bengals games or choose to misdirect their blame. Lot of football left before we condemn this team after so much success. It all starts with the Pats – need a win there, no matter how unlikely that looks.

  17. nhpats says: Oct 11, 2016 10:10 AM

    rutchaser says:
    Oct 11, 2016 9:52 AM
    Marvin needs to go and it should’ve happened about 6 years ago but anyone blaming Dalton is just wrong on this one.

    ————
    Dalton is the consummate choker… Zero postseason wins….fewer than Tim Tebow.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:14 AM

    I’m glad Belichick will take the Bengals more seriously than most of the posters here. He’ll have them focuses and Brady will hopefully pick them apart like a surgeon the way he did the Browns.

    Don’t know what the Bengals or any team can do to defend the 2 TE set with Gronk, Bennet and then Edelman on the field. You can’t double cover all 3 and now with Hogan on the outside and Amendola as #5 receiver on the field, plus White out of the backfield the Pats offense is lethal.

  19. jjackwagon says: Oct 11, 2016 10:30 AM

    It’s put up or shut up time for Bengals…yes, yes it is.

    Don’t see the Bengals or the Panthers making the post-season this year.

  20. tacowrecker says: Oct 11, 2016 10:33 AM

    Cincy is a good team and has been for a few years now. They’ve got some quality players and a lot of roster depth, but I think its going to take finding another elite player or two to get them over the top

  21. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 11, 2016 10:50 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    … Gronk, Bennet and then Edelman on the field. You can’t double cover all 3 and now with Hogan on the outside and Amendola as #5 receiver on the field, plus White out of the backfield the Pats offense is lethal.
    —————————-
    I came on here fully prepared to take a sot at the bengals, but couldn’t pass up this gem. So the Pats will have 5 pass-catchers and a RB on the field? I would hope the offense would be lethal, playing with 12 men and all.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:03 AM

    “I came on here fully prepared to take a sot at the bengals, but couldn’t pass up this gem. So the Pats will have 5 pass-catchers and a RB on the field? I would hope the offense would be lethal, playing with 12 men and all.”

    Nice of you to make assumptions.

    Whether its Amendola as a 5th pass catcher or White on the field. Its all interchangeable. And pretty much indefensible.

  23. footballisnotthatimportant says: Oct 11, 2016 11:09 AM

    “Put up or shut up time”

    Signed,

    One of the Worst Running Backs in the League

  24. nsawins says: Oct 11, 2016 11:16 AM

    Hillary has a better chance at not telling a lie today than the Bungles do of winning at New England Sunday.

  25. bengalsfan2079 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:26 AM

    Its the poor o line play horrible tackling on defense lack of run game and very few threats in the receiving game. It just feels like they’re playing complacent. It’s not going to get any better next up New England so they better at least make it competitive if they want to feel good about the rest of the season.

  26. iamkillerfin says: Oct 11, 2016 11:37 AM

    Then get to new England & beat the patsies then!!!

  27. LSUStrong says: Oct 11, 2016 11:55 AM

    Brandon you are the one who will have to step up and be consistent against the Pats. Belichick always focuses on taking away a teams strength and at WR that would be Green.

  28. tedmurph says: Oct 11, 2016 12:43 PM

    It’s not that the Pats actually have 12 offensive players on the field, it’s just gonna seem that way.

    steelers are next.

  29. vottorific says: Oct 11, 2016 12:47 PM

    So, you think Hue is happy in Cleveland? I’m pretty sure Zimmer is in Minny!

  30. josbur63 says: Oct 11, 2016 2:43 PM

    As usual the Bungles can beat the bad teams,but cant beat the good teams,thats why they consistently lose in the playoffs.Their two wins are against teams who are 2-8.They have as much talent as anyone,all I can figure is their coaching is not up to par.This is from a Bengals fan.

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 11, 2016 4:24 PM

    tedmurph says:
    It’s not that the Pats actually have 12 offensive players on the field, it’s just gonna seem that way.
    steelers are next.
    —————————–
    That should be a good balance then, because it’ll seem like the Pats only have 10 on defense trying to cover Brown, Bell & Co.

  32. celebrateafterthehit says: Oct 12, 2016 7:44 AM

    Funny how people balm ml now. He was praised the last 4 years until playoff game and I put that on he players. I think it’s on them and play calling. It will take time for the adjustment from new oc and new players. Anybody who has played knows that. Maybe ml needs to be more involved in play calling too. And most coaches that leave and become hc bomb. So to say zimmer should have been made a hc is like saying it’s going to rain after you are in a thunderstorm. I loved zimmer too but it didn’t take him as long as it did to become hc for no reason. People thought he would bomb. But he has done good so far with good of and dc

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