The Cincinnati Bengals placed a heavy focus on the offensive line in the offseason, signing Riley Reiff to play right tackle. They also drafted Jackson Carman, D’Ante Smith, and Trey Hill. The Bengals also fired Jim Turner and hired Frank Pollack, replacing one of the worst offensive line coaches in the game with one of the best.
NFL.com analyst Adam Rank thinks that signing Reiff was well worth the trip to Jeff Ruby’s.
Ranked projected a team MVP for the Bengals, and his pick was not Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, or Joe Mixon. Rank’s MVP was Reiff.
“Signing Reiff this offseason was a huge move for the Bengals,” said Rank. “He’s a big upgrade over his predecessor, Bobby Hart. Some of the Bengals’ moves this offseason were kind of like the equivalent of replacing an older couch with a newer one that is basically the same as the old one. But adding Reiff was like getting a TV for the bathroom. The sort of thing you didn’t know you needed until you actually did it. Readers who are also parents know what I mean.”
What Rank is trying to say with his strange analogy is that we underestimate Reiff’s usefulness now, but as the Bengals rely on him to keep Burrow upright, we will see how important he is.
Bengals fans have been demanding that the Bengals fix the offensive line for years. Reiff is the best offensive linemen the Bengals have brought in during free agency in a long time. The Bengals will finally have, on paper, a good offensive line.