I get that the Bengals need to run the ball to be successful, especially this time of year. But I'm wondering if we really need to run the ball a lot at the beginning of a game to first "establish the run." It seems like we've tried that with mixed results.
So, how about an approach of favoring passes over runs at the beginning of games, maybe 2-to-1 until we get a lead. Then keep up the intensity with no-huddle for a while before favoring runs to keep the lead and run down the clock.
In more concrete terms, this would mean starting Gio for the chance of some explosive short passes out of the back field. Then bring in BJGE more often later to help chew up the clock when our opponent's defense is tired. Similarly, start Eifert to break open some passing plays early, then bring in Gresham more often later to block for BJGE as well as catch some passes (and not have to worry as much about stretching plays for extra yards).