So far the aftermath of losing to the Chargers has been bitter sweet. Like so many other fans, Im glad we got rid of the Arena Football play caller (Gruden), but we also lost a huge part of Bengal's Nation with the recent hiring of Mike Zimmer becoming the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
There is no doubt that both are highly respectable and I love them both for what they brought to the Bengals during their time here. We now have exciting play-makers on offense that will make you forget about Chad (whatever he is calling himself) Johnson & the disgruntled Carson (Judas) Palmer. AJ Green is an amazing talented WR along with Marvin Jones and the football ninja, Gio Bernard. Dalton is a good QB... (Thats all im saying for now, I want to leave criticism for later lol)
On the Defense we have seen the growth of a group of young players transform into a Top 10 defense. We have household names in Geno Atkins, Dunlap, and Michael Johnson. I would always tell my friends that the Bengals defense is like the "300 Spartans of the NFL" It didn't matter who go injured or went into free agency, they would find a way to dominate!
The changes that we have recently experienced have raised exciting questions about Bengal's football next season. "Who will have the bigger impact next year? Offense VS Defense Let me break down the options and you decided.
With Gruden taking the head coaching job in Washington, the offense has a new general in Hue Jackson. He comes with a pretty impressive resume, especially what he has done in Oakland during his head coaching tenure. You have heard the reports and interviews about how he is adamant about returning to football identity of running the ball on offense. If you have been a Bengals fan for more than 5 years, you would know how exciting this is.
Not only does he want to establish the running game as a foundation but he is a tough ass coach! some reporters refer to Hue Jackson as the Zimmer of the Bengals offense. Considering what Zimmer has done to change the culture here, that sounds amazing.
What you should expect is a more discipline offensive unit that turns the ball over less. Hue Jackson is a great situation play caller and because of that you will see a lot of improvements throughout the offense. This football team has great young players but they just need some tough love, especially Dalton!
One thing is for sure, we will see a lot more of our RB's and finally the introduction of Orson Charles.
With Mike Zimmer gone, this defense going to be under the microscope. Marvin Lewis did a great job at hiring from within. Paul Guenther is a good coach that will take control of a Top 10 defense. It certainly helps that he has been Mike Zimmer's right hand man for the last couple of seasons too.
Recent reports from the Bengal's defensive players indicates that they believe in Guenther. Carlos Dunlap recently sharing his thoughts. One of the greatest things about the "300 Spartans" of the NFL is that they are incredibly self-sufficient.
Yes Zimmer is gone but do you really think that 8 years of coaching just leaves you memory over night? No. We now have team leaders that can and will mentor the younger players and demand a higher level of play from each position. Guenther will be a good coach for this football team and with the amount of players that want to play for the love of the game and for the Bengals speaks volumes.
Cincy has a embraced to culture of Zimmer and now the time has come for the new generation to learn and produce under the watchful eye of Guenther and veteran players like Leon Hall, Burfict and Atkins.
So the question is Who do you think will have the bigger impact?