The Bengals’ offense will look vastly different when Week 1 of the 2020 season kicks off, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting the respect they deserve.
Sure, this was a bad unit for much of the 2019 season, mainly due to a porous offensive line, A.J. Green missing the entire season, and Andy Dalton regressing to the point Cincinnati was ready to replace him with just about anyone else this offseason.
Thankfully, the Bengals made several additions throughout the offense to ensure this unit doesn’t struggle so badly again, highlighted by the return of Green and 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams from injury, as well as the addition of 2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow and second-round pick Tee Higgins.
And lest we forget 2019 was the first season of Zac Taylor’s head-coaching career. Now that he’s had a full year in the pros, expect him to make some key adjustments that will help the offense look improved whenever the 2020 season begins.
Even so, Touchdown Wire thinks the Bengals have one of the league’s worst offenses heading into next season. They ranked Cincinnati’s offense 30th out of the league’s 32 teams.
If you want to bet on a team making a huge improvement on the offensive side of the football from 2019 to 2020, the Cincinnati Bengals might be a safe play. They struggled offensively in 2019, working through two different quarterbacks and missing A.J. Green for the entire season. But 2020 could be different, with Green back in the lineup and first-overall selection Joe Burrow under center.
But until we see that in action, it is hard to move them higher up this list.
For what it’s worth, Cincinnati finished 2019 ranked 27th in total offense and 30th in total offense.
It’s hard to see the Bengals being that bad again. But as we’ve become accustomed to with how the national media views the Bengals, they’re never going to get the respect they deserve until they earn it on the field.
Still, it’s very hard to see an offense with Burrow, Green, Higgins, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Auden Tate and Joe Mixon being a bottom-five offense.
Where do you think the Bengals offense should be ranked going into next season?