Dwayne Bowe Continues To Disappoint For The Cleveland Browns

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Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) is tackled by Cleveland Browns cornerback Jordan Poyer (33) as strong safety Donte Whitner (31) and inside linebacker Chris Kirksey (58) assist during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2.Is It Time To Bench Whitner?

This is now week three for Donte Whitner. I think it might be time for Mike Pettine to send him a message by sitting him on the bench and giving somebody else a try. Once again, he struggled in coverage and missed a number of key tackles. He did end up with seven combined tackles, but as usual he missed out on the key big stops that he should have made.

The play that has summed up Whitner’s 2015 season thus far was the touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to tight end Ladarius Green.

Green did have the height advantage, but Whitner didn’t play the ball and got out-jumped by him. It might not be fair to criticize him as thoroughly as I do, but it seems like every big play an opposing team makes, he’s always the victim of bad coverage or a missed tackle.

Another thing that I noticed with the former Buckeye is that he talks alot. He likes to talk about how great a player he is, but it hasn’t shown on the field. He finally took accountability for his terrible play last week after the loss to the Oakland Raiders, but nothing changed on Sunday.

For the first time in a while, he actually made a textbook tackle on Melvin Gordon and it led to a loss of three yards. It’s amazing what that can do.  It also doesn’t help that T.J. Ward is already having a good year for the Denver Broncos and looks like he will make another Pro Bowl. Whitner is going to have to soul-search among himself and get his coverage woes under control along with his overconfident attitude. Stay humble Donte.

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