New Bengals Offensive Scheme?

Cut WR Chris HenryWith what has become well known news of WR Chris Henry’s release, can we now look forward to a revamped offensive scheme? With Coach Lewis’ comments in the last few days about how they’re going back to the running game (haven’t we heard that before anyway), maybe now more than ever we really need to go back to the running game. What once was a draft of defensive upgrades, now we may have to take a second or two third round picks to look at offense. But what position do we need?

After Ocho Cinco and TJ, the WR corps has significantly thinned out in the last two years. With 40 catches combined after those two, the days of stretching it out with 3 receivers are gone, or are they? Going with a two TE set, CJ and TJ and a healthy Rudi (or other RB) could really open up our offense. We could see Utecht over the middle with CJ and TJ streaking or running post/out combinations, we could see two TE’s in the blocking scheme to manhandle D-lineman, we could see many combinations.

So where do we draft in the second round, or with our two third round picks (don’t forget we got a comensatory pick for Steinbach)? Do we go for a solid O-lineman, a replacement receiver, a running back still? For me, I’d like to see a third round O-lineman picked up. I’d also like to see maybe a 5th or 6th round WR picked up. I don’t know that I’m too interested in seeing a RB picked up, as I believe that Rudi (who has added weight to help him withstand punishment) will be back into form, as well as DeDe Dorsey coming back from injury, coupled with Kenny Watson will be able to shoulder the load (no, I don’t think Perry will really ever see much of the field as a Bengal).

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  • IgnatiusJReilly

    That picture of the idiot is curdling my milk. I’m personally sold on East Carolina’s  Chris Johnson, a running back granted but an accomplished kick returner and receiver out of the backfield. He might be there in the second round. I like the speed of Houston’s Donnie Avery(sub-4.3) and the size- and speed, of Arkansas’ Marcus Monk(6-4+ and 220). Both should be available in the third with Monk, just recovered from minor knee surgery, maybe even in the fourth.Johnson(including some insane speed video) we could snag Ellis and these three, all would be well- and, hell, 86  number 85.

  • http://n/a Beaver Thomas

    Well, on Sirius Radio today Matt Forte mentioned that the Bengals would be there for his Pro Workout (4-9-2008?) tomorrow.  After that he said that they were actually flying him to Cincinnati. I think he will go in the Second round so it may happen that the combine a couple of the picks to move up.  I actually think that they will at least target him, but if they don’t get him I think they WILL go after another back.

  • IgnatiusJReilly

    I like Forte but I’ve kind of anointed myself East Carolina’s Chris Johnson’s PR person in the tri-state. They say the NFL game is so much faster than the college level, so, why not get a guy who can return, catch, and run at that speed already. Obviously, with his size, he’s not a 30 carry a game guy but, as a complement to Rudy, Chris Johnson’s sub 4.2(timed at ECU- 4.24 at the combine) would give the opponents whiplash. Plus, if Chad were to leave, he’d fill our three Johnson quota on offense.

  • BeaverThomas

    Very Glad I checked back Ignatius.That was a very nice 3 ninutes and 27 seconds.  Nice mix of runs and KO returns.  Yeah, I have to agree that 4.24 L@@Ks really good on the field.  He would be an awesome 3 down back.  I was funny because not many people even got a hand on him!Thanks for the post!