Before the season even begins, injuries have hampered the Cincinnati Bengals. After numerous injuries, Clint Boling called it quits, retiring after eight year in the league.
Now, one of the Bengals worst unit has somehow dropped to a new low. However, the Bengals offensive line coach, Jim Turner, isn’t worried about what the future holds for the frail Andy Dalton.
While Turner did go into detail on each individual player in the potential rotation with Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson, he mentioned one thing that may be even more important than pure skill and physical tools.
“The good thing is that the guys in the mix were here all spring. Trey and Westerman were here in the spring. Redmond (out this spring after shoulder surgery) started here last year. They’re all acquainted with the program. John has so much experience it doesn’t matter,” Turner said. “He’s fine and you’re playing next to a guy with a lot of experience. It’s not like anyone is going to have to carry Cordy.
Turner also pointed out that Boling’s versatility will be missed. He’s hopeful that Redmond will be able to step up and fill that role, potentially playing multiple positions on the team’s line.
That being said, if we’re counting, that’s now two players on the Bengals’ offensive line that are out. The other is 2019 No. 11 overall selection Jonah Williams who reportedly has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and is out for the season.
What could’ve been one of the Bengals’ best rosters in the past decade may yet again succumb to injury. However, once Week 1 hits, the excuses will have to stop, and Zac Taylor’s first season as a head coach will commence.
He has to find a way to fix the holes or, at the very least, minimize the damage. In Turner’s opinion, the team should be fine, but I’ll believe it when I see Bobby Hart, Alex Redmond and Cordy Glenn take their game to the next level.