Selecting a significant threat in the passing game with Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, along with North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard, one would think a change would be applied. Heading into next weekend's rookie minicamp, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden isn't changing much of anything.
"Obviously we'll tweak it quite a bit as we go, but we'll be interchanging instead of overhauling," Gruden tells Bengals.com. "It's just changing the personnel a little bit with similar concepts without teaching a whole new system."
"You've got the same plays you have with regular," Gruden says of the base formation with two backs and two receivers. "Now instead of a fullback running a route, you add a tight end that's a great pass catcher and you have a lot of the similar runs you can run with a fullback. Maybe not some of the lead-type (isolation runs), but zones and outside zones and different things you can do with another tight end in there is good."
Gruden is also focusing on specialty players; guys that can play limited roles instead as significant starters to generate problems with the opposing defense.
"When you look at the beauty of our team, we've done a great job in the scouting department and Marvin (Lewis) and Mike Brown have built a pretty good team where we don't have to fill for immediate starters," Gruden says. "We can hone in on specialty-type players. A second tight end to back up Jermaine (Gresham) to come in and create matchup problems. A unique back with the skill set that doesn't have to be a 25-carry guy. He can be a 10-15 carry guy, catch eight balls, whatever it is, to help us out and make us more diverse. It a great position to be in. To be able draft talent and specialty needs as opposed to starters."