Training camp has wrapped up, and so too will the preseason this week. That means we now have a better idea of what the Cincinnati Bengals will look like when the 2019 NFL season officially begins in September.
While there have certainly been some bright spots through eight months of the Zac Taylor era, there are also some glaring concerns with just over a week until the regular season kicks off in Seattle.
After the Bengals’ defense struggled mightily in 2018, mainly due to the linebackers, we’ve still not seen much proof that they’ve made improvements, though it’s hard to gauge how good they can really be until we’ve got several preseason games to evaluate.
Of course, injuries have once again plagued the Bengals before they can even make it to Week 1. A.J. Green, John Ross, Jonah Williams and Darqueze Dennard are among the players who’ve been sidelined thus far with various injuries, and Williams is already expected to miss all of 2019 after being poised to land the left tackle job. Green is expected to miss several regular-season games, and Ross is just now returning from his mysterious hamstring issue.
The offensive line is another major question mark. Though the starting unit did well vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, it still remains to be seen how good this unit can be after losing Williams to injury and Clint Boling to retirement. That’s not even accounting for the embattled Bobby Hart being guaranteed the right tackle spot, while the rookie Michael Jordan is starting at left guard.
One under-the-radar issue could be the coaching staff. That’s not to say this won’t turn into a great staff led by new head coach Zac Taylor, but in terms of experience, this may be least-experience staff in the entire NFL.
After all, Taylor is not only a first-time head coach but also a first-time play-caller, so there’s reason to think there will be some growing pains.
The same is true of offensive coordinator Brian Callahan and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, both of whom are first-time coordinators in 2019.
Again, this could turn out to be a great coaching staff, but it’s fair to think there will be some growing pains with so many key coaches in positions they’ve not been in before.
So, we’re asking you the fans about what your biggest concern for the Bengals currently is. Sound off in the poll and write about your response in the comments section.
What is your biggest concern for the 2019 Bengals?
This poll is closed
The offensive line
The inexperienced coaching staff