The 2020 offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals is upon us, as Zac Taylor preps to learn from his rough first season as an NFL head coach. The team is armed with high picks, sound cap space and some pieces on both side of the ball, but large questions still remain.
John and Anthony from Cincy Jungle and The Orange and Black Insider took the air Friday afternoon to answer your Bengals questions. Many of them centered around coaching additions—namely in the form of one in the college ranks.
Joe Burrow’s rise to prominence this year at LSU has often been attributed to the scheme concocted by team passing game coordinator, Joe Brady. Of course, Burrow’s own maturity, immense abilities and the simple fact of his getting a chance to start at quarterback must also be credited.
Some Bengals fans are calling for Burrow’s Cincinnati arrival to coincide with that of Brady. Whether it’s a lateral move to a similar post with the Bengals, or a larger promotion, the sentiment holds a lot of logic.
The Bengals would be wise to either adopt some of Brady’s concepts if Burrow is indeed their guy and/or bring in a player(s) in which Burrow has grown comfortable. These types of moves ensures a higher probability of NFL success for the young signal-caller, as the team needs to hit on a field general pick.
We know the Bengals prefer to use the NFL Draft as their primary source for roster-building. This, coupled with their having the smallest scouting staff in the league, necessitates a higher “hit rate” on their picks. Thus, the idea of surrounding Burrow with comfortable elements right off the bat.
Aside from Brady, some of Burrow’s productive pass-catchers landing in stripes could be a wise move. Wide receiver Jordan Jefferson and tight end Thaddeus Moss could be good night two/night three additions.
Think back to when the Indianapolis Colts selected Andrew Luck No. 1 overall back in the 2012 draft. The very next night, the team took Luck’s favorite Stanford target in tight end, Coby Fleener.
While Fleener didn’t have an outstanding pro career, he provided a nice, early security blanket for Luck. The same logic applies with Burrow and the aforementioned names.
As for Brady, it might be a bit tougher than expected to get him. He’ll undoubtedly be a hot name in NFL circles and we’ve seen other young, unproven coaches catapult themselves into immediate, high-profile roles because of their potential to create innovative offensive systems.
Kliff Kingsbury is the most recent and eye-opening example, going from incoming USC Trojans offensive coordinator to Arizona Cardinals head coach in a matter of days. We’re not saying Brady will have that kind of rise, as he doesn’t have head coaching experience of any kind, but teams will undoubtedly come calling for his services.
Because of a variety of factors, Zac Taylor is probably going to give most, if not all of his staff another shot this next season. All of them were behind the eight ball because of getting a late start on last offseason, with many of them also cutting their teeth in their respective roles as first-timers.
Why bring this up? Because it likely means that offensive coordinator will get a second chance—especially with some marginal improvement shown by the unit late in the year. Throw in the possibility of Taylor bringing in Brian’s father Bill, and there may not be a role Brady would readily take with the Bengals.
Still, Taylor has assembled a bigger coaching staff than what was ever seen under Marvin Lewis, so he could create a role for Brady, if Burrow is indeed the pick at No. 1 overall.
Hit us up with your questions for future shows and mailbag posts by leaving them in the comment sections, in the live chats within the videos, or in the comment section of the live stream on Cincy Jungle’s Facebook account. You can also call/text us at (949) 542-6241, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet as @BengalsOBI.
If you’re unable to join us live here at Cincy Jungle or YouTube for every episode, all Orange and Black Insider content is available here on CJ, the Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio and Google Play Music apps, our YouTube channel, as well as through Megaphone and, as always, on iTunes! You can tweet us @BengalsOBI or get in touch with us via email at email@example.com. Thanks for listening and go subscribe to our channels!