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Time to change the Bengals’ offensive philosophy...?

By NFL standards, the Bengals are a run-heavy team. Marvin likes to run the ball, and they consistently run on 1st and 2nd down. Even if they are lacking a good RB and instead relying on Mr. 3.5ypc Cedric Benson, they run very regularly (perhaps too regularly).

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Last year the Bengals were one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL. Of the top teams in the NFL last year (San Fran, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New England, NY Giants, Green Bay, New Orleans) only 2 of them ran a higher % than Cincinnati...

+Houston (who had the NFL’s top Running Back, a great O-Line, and was playing with a 3rd string QB)

+San Francisco (who was the only team on the list with a bad QB)

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But then there is the argument, “But the AFC North is a power football division. We have to run in our division! “ Is it? Baltimore, Pittsburgh & Cleveland all had a higher passing % than Cincinnati.

Heck, the Browns who had Colt McCoy throwing to Massaquoi and Robiskie were willing to fling the ball on a much more regular basis than the Bengals who had Dalton throwing to pro-bowlers Green & Gresham.

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To be a run-heavy team is fine if it’s the 1970’s and Woody Hayes is coaching you with his “3 yards and a cloud of dust”, or if you’ve got a backfield consisting of Barry Sanders and Ickey Woods with guys like Munoz & Montoya plowing huge gaping holes in front of you, or if it’s the 1920’s and you’re at Yale playing Harvard and nobody knows what a forward pass is yet.

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But looking at the 2012 Bengals, I don’t think this run-heavy strategy matches with their current players.



O-Line: Their starting LG (T Wharton) and starting C (K Cook) are likely both gone for the season. When 40% of your O-Line is reduced to backups, there are going to be issues of consistently opening holes for your RB’s. We have seen this with the preseason games where the RB’s are only getting 2.1 ypc because they have no holes to run the ball. The O-Line is likely going to struggle to consistently plow open big running lanes and keep Dalton from scrambling on deep bombs. This lends itself to an offense heavy with short & intermediate passing routes.

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RB: They don’t have a true stud RB but a nice mix of mediocre guys who can run fairly well if you give them a hole. The RB’s are adequate, but aren’t good enough to justify over-stressing the running game in favor of the passing game, which is where the Bengals’ most talented players are located.

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QB: Andy Dalton is a good young QB. The positive attributes on him are that he’s very football smart, and very accurate on short & intermediate routes. He needs to be utilized in this role often to maximize his abilities.

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WR: AJ Green is one of the most talented WR’s in the NFL and is the Bengals most gifted offensive weapon. He should consistently see balls thrown his way. Sanu & Jones are both talented young WR’s who have shown their abilities in the preseason, and need to be involved in the offense too.

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TE: Jermaine Gresham is the second most talented offensive player on the Bengals behind AJ Green. He is a pass-catching TE who should see a lot of balls thrown his way.

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If Jay Gruden is truly a WCO guy, and if Andy Dalton is truly an accurate, heady QB who is great with short & intermediate routes, and if their best offensive weapons are their uber-gifted WR AJ Green and talented TE Jermain Gresham....then the Bengals need to be throwing 40 times a game, and running when necessary. Especially with the severe O-Line injuries & lack of a stud RB diminishing the chances for the running game to be successful.

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I’d really like to see the Bengals abandon the 2 yard runs on 1st and 2nd down in favor of Dalton throwing often to Green & Gresham, and also Sanu, Jones, et al.

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Please feel free to tell me why this is a horrible (or great) idea, given the state of their current roster ....

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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