DETROIT - AUGUST 12: Brian Leonard #40 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a short gain during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 12, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Friday's question of the day prompted a very simple inquiry for our fantastic readers at Cincy Jungle. Are you concerned about the Cincinnati Bengals rushing offense? Nearly 80 percent of you responded that you're either very concerned or they're starting to get there. Eighteen percent responded with a sarcastic shrug, arguing that it's only preseason. Take note about one thing though: When we're referring to rushing offense, it's all of the components: blocking, running, scheme, philosophy, etc..
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden falls somewhere in the middle. Acknowledging that BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard Scott being out is "tough", Gruden argues that "We should be better than we are." He continues that the team is "concerned about it because we haven't really done anything the last two weeks." Despite the "components" we mentioned earlier, Paul Dehner Jr's overall belief from the impression Gruden gave was that Cincinnati's running backs are a huge culprit, especially against the Packers last Thursday.
Maybe concerned isn't such a great word, or an accurate representation of our general belief. Perhaps discouraged. Either way no Cincinnati Bengals running back has led the team in rushing since the first preseason game against New York when Cedric Peerman generated 30 yards. Since then quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski and Andy Dalton have led the team on the ground against Atlanta and Green Bay respectively. Against the Falcons, of the top three rushers, none were running backs.
Bernard Scott has missed the entire preseason while BenJarvus Green-Ellis sat against Atlanta and Green Bay.