Bengals DC Teryl Austin: We’re going to play aggressively

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After Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown scored a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left in last Sunday’s 28-21 win over the Bengals, there were two big questions hanging in the air.

One was whether the Steelers committed offensive pass interference to spring Brown. Many thought a flag should have been thrown, but the officials didn’t call anything and NFL officiating head Al Riveron defended that decision.

The other question concerned the Bengals’ decision to call a cover-zero blitz that left no safety available to chase Brown down after Ben Roethlisberger hit him with a short pass. Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Monday that he wanted a “negative play” that would make it harder for the Steelers to kick a field goal to win the game.

“The one thing I don’t ever want to do, I don’t want to second-guess myself, I don’t want our players to second-guess themselves when they’re out there playing,” Austin said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “So we’re going to play aggressively. We’re playing to win. And I thought at that point, that gave us the best chance to win. I didn’t want to leave it into the field goal kicker’s hands and allow him because it’s not every day you block a field goal.”

The Bengals didn’t have any success getting to Roethlisberger whether they blitzed or went with a four-man rush, so Austin’s unit may have wound up short regardless of whether he went down swinging or not.

20 responses to “Bengals DC Teryl Austin: We’re going to play aggressively

  1. That’s great and all, but look at Ben’s stats Sunday against the blitz. Believe he was 12 of 14 for 180 or so.

    Difference between being aggressive and just reckless. With Boswell’s struggles this year you don’t send the house when it hasn’t been working all day.

  2. Riveron quit your job we know who the NFL wants on tv that was an obvious blatant pick and the defender was not pushing forward. Al give it up you suck at it!

  3. You all don’t understand… Rumor has it Marvin Lewis has already tabbed Teryl Austin as his successor so it doesn’t matter how he does because he will be the next Cincinnati Bengals head coach when Marvin Lewis retires…in 2036. Not impressed at all of what I’ve seen so far as the Bengals DC…You’ll fit right in as our next mediocre head coach for the next 15 years.

  4. Well, I’m biased but Riveron had to agree with the call. Had he not that would have been twice in six games that the NFL would have had to admit to an officiating blunder that led to two non-losses for Pittsburgh.

    With that said, I thought they let both teams play physically throughout the game, so I won’t complain about the calls / non calls by the officials. AJ had two huge drops early, and Cody Core also had two drops. Combine that with Cincy not capitalizing on any of their three opportunities at interceptions, the gutless call to punt on 4th and 1 in Steeler territory on the first drive of the second half, then the total ineptness of not burning more time in the last drive, and you lose. Too many mistakes against a good team. Seasons not over, but need to tighten that crap up.

  5. Teryl Austin is a heck of a defensive coordinator, honestly ever since Suh left Detroit he kept that unit afloat with little to no talent in the front 7. Last year he had any talent in the front 7 that defense was the second ranked unit in the league, which is unheard of in Detroit. Players play hard for him and he’s legit. As a Lions fan I thought the Bengals made a great hire. Still think he’ll be a head coach someday. Nothing but respect for this guy. Better to go down swinging and trusting your players, which is what happened on this particular play.

  6. “I didn’t want to leave it into the field goal kicker’s hands” – As a Steelers fan, seeing how Boswell’s been struggling this year, even I can tell you, that was the wrong decision.

  7. candrwells says:
    October 16, 2018 at 9:09 am

    “I didn’t want to leave it into the field goal kicker’s hands” – As a Steelers fan, seeing how Boswell’s been struggling this year, even I can tell you, that was the wrong decision.

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    Dude, Boswell owns us. He was not going to miss that kick.

  8. This might be an unpopular opinion due to recent weeks but I really like Teryl Austin as a defensive play caller. Since he first became a DC in Detroit when Jim Caldwell was there he has had 2 top 10 defenses, and he hasn’t had a defense finish worse than 15th. I think he’ll get that Bengals D fixed sooner rather than later, and I expect he’ll get some HC offers this offseason. Won’t lie, as a Bucs fan I wouldn’t mind him becoming our next HC.

  9. Everyone is saying that it was an illegal pick that won the game for the Steelers. This is how Little Ben has been so successful. By cheating and getting gifts from the refs. That’s his legacy.

  10. Austin and a depleted Bengals defense were put in a bad situation. He won’t say it it but he had to be pissed the offense didn’t milk the clock more on the go ahead score. With a first and ten at the Steelers 11 yardline with the play clock running, Dalton snaps the ball with 17 seconds left on the play clock. And does the same thing on the next play when Mixon scores. That’s on Marv and the OC. Can’t make those kind of mistakes against Ben or Brady. I really believe the Steelers let mixon score so they’ve could get the ball back with time to kick the winning FG.

  11. whodeybacker says:
    October 16, 2018 at 9:36 am
    Austin and a depleted Bengals defense were put in a bad situation. He won’t say it it but he had to be pissed the offense didn’t milk the clock more on the go ahead score. With a first and ten at the Steelers 11 yardline with the play clock running, Dalton snaps the ball with 17 seconds left on the play clock. And does the same thing on the next play when Mixon scores. That’s on Marv and the OC. Can’t make those kind of mistakes against Ben or Brady. I really believe the Steelers let mixon score so they’ve could get the ball back with time to kick the winning FG.

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    Yep!

  12. Deion Sanders called out the CBs immediately after the game on his NFL Network show. He said the moment AB motioned in to the stacked WR look, the two CBs should have communicated properly to defend it.

  13. The key to the game was ZERO pressures and ZERO sacks on Ben. They are paying Dunlap and Atkins too much for that to happen. I’m a Bengal fan and yes I was mad about the last play, but disgusted by the D line performance more. Oh and the huge drop by Core and a couple by AJ. I will also say other then a throw or two Dalton was money. He doesn’t get enough credit in the league.

  14. Bengals could have, should have, would have. Same old story for their genius coaching staff.

    Isn’t it about time they got rid of those hideous helmets? Or is that the only thing that separates them from the Browns?

  15. I get that our kicker sucks, but I have to agree with Austin here that you don’t exactly dare a professional kicker to beat you from that close. Their defense may not have gotten any pressure all day, but they really only needed it on that one. Cant fault him for going after the negative play. it’s not like the we’re immune to bad plays late in games.

    1. since when can you “pick” your own defender in football within 1 yard of the LOS?
    2. so the Cincy defender moved closer pre-snap to AVOID contact with the receiver he was covering man to man? he wanted his slot receiver to get a free release INSIDE against a blitz when he has NO SAFETY HELP? was he trying to trick him into OPI?

  16. The hatred of the Steelers flies high when they make a play to win a game by the same plays the Ravens and Pat’s have used for years. The Bungals blew it when they decided a full rush from one side and had a DB press the line of scrimmage, game over. The other Bungal defender tapping his hat was to say I got Brown and then he backed up Brown catch game over.

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