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Bengals News (5/30): Going as far as the offensive line

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The Bengals added some more offensive linemen this offseason, but will it be enough?

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I think the Bengals have attacked the problem aggressively. They made sure that new head coach Zac Taylor, the guy crafting the scheme and calling the plays, has an offensive line in sync with the playbook when he hired long-time colleague Jim Turner to coach the position. That’s harder than it sounds. Their last two first-round picks have gone right to the heart of it in center Billy Price and left tackle Jonah Williams. And for the first time in history back in April they traded back up into a round to grab Ohio State guard Michael Jordan, the last of the potential O-line starters staring at them in the fourth round.

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After 17 seasons Marvin Lewis stepped down as coach. The team had endured three consecutive losing seasons but Lewis deserves credit for the seven postseason appearance, even if the Bengals didn't win a single playoff game. Now Zac Taylor, the former Sean McVay assistant, is tasked with getting the Bengals back on track and his first order of business was bolstering an offensive line that wasn't even replacement level a season ago when the team finished with six wins.

Brian Callahan Looks Like a Real Good Fit in Cincinnati
Of course the line above is what all teams should strive for, but it does not always work that way. Much has been written on this site and others about what kind of offense the Bengals are going to be under Zac Taylor. It is safe to say without having to read between the lines too hard, the backbone is going to be the rushing game.

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