The Cincinnati Bengals continue to lose faith in Cedric Ogbuehi, but the good news for Ced is this whole offensive line is a mess.
For the second week in a row, the Bengals got Andre Smith in at left tackle, only this time, the move was made as soon as the game began. Last week, Smith replaced Ogbuehi and right tackle Jake Fisher at various points in the game.
But against the Cleveland Browns, Smith started the game at left tackle, and he remained there on the ensuing drive. On that first possession, Fisher was beaten by Emmanuel Ogbah for a strip-sack, giving Cleveland the ball deep in Bengals territory (they would miss a 48-yard field goal).
Even with that mistake, Fisher remained at right tackle on the next drive as Smith was at left tackle. It appeared the Bengals finally were settling on this as the best combination right now, but on the third drive, Ogbuehi came back in at left tackle while Smith moved to the right side. Ironically, this was the drive in which Cincinnati scored its first points of the game via Andy Dalton hitting A.J. Green for a seven-yard score.
Even so, it’s unclear is what the future of Ogbuehi holds. He’s been terrible on the left and right side, so perhaps the Bengals should give him some work at guard to see if he can fare any better there.
The only thing saving Ogbuehi right now is Fisher has been about as bad this season, allowing Ogbuehi to keep getting in when Smith goes to right tackle.