Lions are feeling extra frustrated after a punchless display in thrashing loss to Bengals in the locker room

Lions are feeling extra frustrated after a punchless display in thrashing loss to Bengals in the loc ...

The Detroit Lions and Dan Campbell are experiencing additional frustration from Sunday's punchless performance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Detroit will face off against Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams as the NFLs last remaining winless team next week.

Campbell was clearly agitated when he arrived at the podium for his post-game press conference, admitting that this was the first loss that left him frustrated and angry. Its not that the first-year Lions coach has laughed off the previous five defeats to this point. In those postgame pressers, its been a more educational, optimistic, and understanding tone.

That was a terrible incident. After the game, he said, "We werent even in that fight." We werent even involved in it. If you look at our stats offensively, that was because we were in some prevent Cover 2. We should make those plays. Its not good enough. And defense -- if thats the game, unless that's how it'll go, our defense cant allow us -- they can't permit the opponent to score then. So there you have it. Thats life. If youre the one playing the best, then you must hold them and keep us in the game. Keep it to the point where we may possibly score one point and find a way to win the game. But that isnt good, it is not good.

The Lions went into the half trailing 10-0, but wasted a solid start from their defense with shrewd offensive play. The Bengals took control in the second half on the way to a 34-11 victory.

Jared Goff, the Lions' quarterback, was only 13 of 21 passing for 82 yards through the first three quarters. Goff put the offense in motion in the final frame, but it was too little to delay after 45 minutes of three-and-outs and miscues. Jamaal Williams ran four times for just 11 yards, with DAndre Swift adding 24 yards and one score on 13 carries.

Zac Taylor, the Bengals coach, said his first-team defense was focused on stopping the run, saying he knew how mad they were when they gave up that field goal at the end of the game.

Were going to look at everything. Tonight I'm going to have to look at the tape. Its easy to get frustrated about what were doing or certain players at certain times, Campbell added. But well look at everything. Ive got about a million ideas for what I want to achieve right now, right here. How do we set the pace for our offense? More important, I feel like we're at a crossroads right now. We have no momentum, no rhythm, and no tempo offensively, which is killing us right now and its killing our on third down. We must use special teams to make a play until we can begin to complement and help each other out, offense, defense. We cant have a block in the back that puts us inside the 20. Those are the only words that crush us. Amani (Oruwariye) shoots the ball again. Hes got a fantastic interception. What do we do offensively? We end up -- we cant catch the catch, and its an interception right back to them. Were going to look at everything, though.

See the image below for more quotes from inside the locker room:

Campbells opening statement Alright, so we got whipped. That was brutal. We took it and they followed us. Credit Cincinnati, they were ready to go, but we didnt do anything right. We thought we played a little defense in the first half, but other than that shot play that we gave up. But we kept it going and couldnt sustain it. And, on the flip side, we had no rhythm. We had no set time. We couldnt execute on third down, missed opportunities, and thats the story of the game. That was a beat down.

Campbell on whether its fair to assess QB Jared Goff with this roster around him: I dont know if we can accurately judge him one way or another. Yeah, look, I think -- I will say this, but I still don't feel like -- we cannot in any way judge he accurately. I dont feel that way yet. I will say this -- I feel like he needs to step up more than if a previous president. I think he needs to assist us just like everyone else. I think hes going to need to put a little weight on his shoulders here and it's time to step up, make some throws, and do some things. He needs to be aided, however. He needs help. I told him out there, he knows this, but some of that stuff -- were getting these holding calls -- it's because sat 10 yards back in the pocket. Thats also not fair to those people. If you stay on the ball -- this is now a collective effort, as I said. Everything goes hand-in-hand. But I want to see him rise. I do. I do because I believe he can do it.

Goff discusses what he can do to improve his position: I think I can always do more. Youre never in a position where you feel like youve lost your temper. Of course, were nowhere near that, but I think Ive got some valuable lessons that I can impart to these guys and try to be the best leader I possibly can be and continue to try and find the open guy and get him the ball, take care of the football, and do my job every day.

Zac Taylor, Bengals coach, on how the Bengal's defense contained Goff and the Lions offense: Its a big deal. We kept on pressing for a run game. I think they had 30 yards of rushing ability. It all started there for us. They have a great back. They are very tight at the edges, we wanted to make them as one-dimensional as possible. I believe he had 40 attempts. The yardage per attempt mustve been extremely low. Thats where were at in our defense. So, again, we gave up some stuff underneath, but those guys were rallying, making the tackles, and putting them in some tough spots. Really, really proud of the way in which our defense performed. I know how mad they were when they gave up that field goal at the end of the game. The first-team defense, Im talking about, thats the standard that we want to play with -- they did what we asked them to do and that was a great showing from our entire defense."

Amani Oruwariye, Lions CB, on Campbell's message to the team: All in all, he was just saying, That wasnt us. He felt like every week weve been on the rise and he didnt feel like we've improved at all today through our offense, defense, and special teams, which is correct. Well come back. Were going to be very critical of ourselves and get ready for next week.

Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown on the disappointment coming out of this one: It was definitely a tough time for us as team. The offense struggled in that first half, and while we didn't score any points, it was tough as an offense. We had a great defensive performance, I believe. Going into that second half, we were kind of -- defense could get us a stop coming out, and then as an offense, as we would go out and score, but things just didnt shake up in that way. I think -- as you said -- that he was mad in the locker room after the game because we felt sluggish in that area. I think as a team, we felt this was one of the first games that we let slip completely away from us. A lot of the other games we were so close to winning were much worse. This one was just from the beginning. I felt like it wasnt our game, he added.

St. Brown on how the offense finds its rhythm: Thats a tough question. If I had the answer to that, wed probably be a much better team. But, like I said, its a complex issue. During the week, youre out there practicing, trying to be the best, performing your plays. Penalties that we wish we could have had back, as I mentioned earlier in the game. Missed assignments, you don't want them. Thats something you can always correct and teach. Turnovers, you dont want them either. Thats huge. But other than that, I think staying on time, staying at our pace when were driving the ball, and I believe we'll be fine.

Taylor on the fourth-down touchdown pass to RB Joe Mixon: Well-executed by everyone. It was a bunch of motions, really. Joe (Mixon) and Joe Burrow were the people that needed to execute. JaMarr was the second man in the progress if we were to get to that. We told JaMarr earlier this week that were going to need an assist from him on a separate play. Its kind of funny. We anticipated someone else scoring and were going to require your assistance. It was different than we thought it would be. But JaMarr shows up and gets that big block that Joe (Mixon) can play off of -- thats complementary football. Because we have gifted receivers and a lot can be made of their big play production, theres incredibly much made out of them. Their catch, their dancing, and all that stuff. Theyre selfless. Theyre very selfless. They are concerned about their fellow workers. I can tell that JaMarr, just in his eyes, how excited he was to see Joe Mixon score that touchdown there. When we have guys like that, thatll take us a long way.

Taylor on former Michigan standout and Bengals RB Chris Evans impressive performance: Its not a breakout game for us. You know what you've all been in practice and have seen from him is that all of training camp is doing a double move like that and creating that separation. Other teams will have a tough matchup like that. It was a big deal for him to complete that play. Then for him to step up and get some carries, because he hadn't had a carry all year, other than the preseason games. Thats different. The preseason games are different. When the bright lights are on and youre on television and playing against a real NFL team in 'a game, its different. I thought he did a great job.

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