The Bengals AFC North Ready Offense, Part: 1

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Offenses around the NFL have a wide variety of styles and schemes. Some change over time, such as the NFC North going from ground and pound styles of the past, to pass happy, gun-slinger type offenses of late (with the possible exception of Minnesota). The AFC North is an example of an offensive style of football that hasn’t changed in quite some time. The AFC North prides itself on delivering a smash-mouth brand of offense that dominates at the line of scrimmage and stresses ball control as its top priority. Over the next five segments of this series of articles I will explain why the Cincinnati Bengals have the tools to compete in the AFC North division heading into the 2012 season. Each segment will feature a different aspect of Cincinnati’s offense.

Nov 27, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


Jay Gruden has brought his hybrid west-coast style offense to Cincinnati. The first thing Gruden did right was building his offense around his young quarterback, Andy Dalton. He didn’t throw the entire playbook at the rookie who didn’t have the benefit of a full off-season. Instead, he implemented new plays as Dalton developed. He was not afraid to let his young quarterback throw downfield on occasion, but mainly relied on short to intermediate routes. This translates into high percentage passes with very small windows of opportunities for opposing defenses to get their hands on the ball.


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  • Garrett2k

    Definitely think Gresham is in for a monster year. TE has become a new glamour position, and it will probably be another year until defenses completely adjust

  • Lloth

    Penalties in the redzone, Ced’s inability to get in and let’s face it Gruden for all his praise this offseason the playcalling was atrocious inside the five. For whatever reason, lack of confidence in Ced, a young Dalton and gang. I think we still need a couple WR’s, a guard and a feature back as has been shown that BJGE was good at getting in for TD’s but a poor runner overall in advantageous pass defense situations.

  • UK_Fans

    I didn’t think it was as much his play calling as the o-lines’ inability to get movement inside 5, as well as Ced’s inability to break tackles.