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Bengals’ new OL coach says “the past is irrelevant”, everyone has a clean slate

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Frank Pollack talked about his offensive line on Tuesday.

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It’s no secret that the Bengals could use some change on the offensive line, and offensive line coach Frank Pollack is promising to bring that to Cincinnati.

Pollack talked about his offensive line on Tuesday, which comprised part of the second-worst rushing offense in the NFL last year. Pollack is saying that his entire unit will get a clean slate as the team heads into the 2018 season.

“I told them Day 1 everyone here has a clean slate,” Pollack said, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com. “What you have done in the past is really irrelevant to me … You can go from the penthouse to outhouse real quick. Hopefully, you go from the outhouse to penthouse just as fast, but it takes a lot of work.”

As previously reported, Cedric Ogbuehi will move around at both tackle spots and play some guard in practice, but everyone else will have to be versatile too. Pollack said that everyone would switch sides Wednesday, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

That clean slate will be good, because the new system has everyone, veterans and young guns alike, learning new things.

“The system is different and at the same time a lot of the drills and techniques and things we are learning are a lot different,” Clint Boling said, according to Dehner. “It doesn’t matter if you have been here and played before or are new guy, everybody is learning together.”

Pollack, the former coach of the highly-successful Dallas Cowboys offensive line, has earned the respect of guys like Tyler Eifert, whose brother-in-law is Cowboys’ guard Zack Martin.

“(Martin is) a big fan,” Eifert said, according to Hobson. “With his success in Dallas you can see he knows what he’s talking about. He brings an energy. He’s hard-nosed, he’s got a gritty attitude. That’s what he passes on to the players. He’s tough on the guys, but the guys respect him.”

Head coach Marvin Lewis is happy with Pollack as well, saying “He’s an excellent teacher, He’s very detailed. Every single step, every single movement has been broken down piece, piece, piece, piece, piece, piece.”

With the Bengals looking to turn things around from last year, having the coach of the best offensive line in the league come in to help out can’t hurt. Pollack will look to improve the offensive line to pull the Bengals out of the last-place cellar of total yards.