The guard position was one of emphasis in the 2012 offseason, and the Bengals addressed it through both free agency and the draft. The biggest addition was 27th overall selection Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin at right guard. Zeitler has quickly become a key cog on the offensive line, blocking well in both the passing and the run game, and a favorite among fans for his tough play.
The entire Cincinnati Bengals offensive line has been very good this season, and as of late, they have really found themselves in the running game. The right side of the line, which in recent years, has been subpar, has improved drastically this year, and is now equally adept at opening holes for the running game, key to the game plan the Bengals coaching staff wants to employ. The ability to break big gains running the ball, like the career long 48 yarder behind Zeitler a few weeks ago, opens up the passing game, and especially the play action, making the offense much more dangerous. If the Bengals are going to keep momentum going and have a chance at the playoffs, they will have to continue to run the ball successfully. With the further improvement from Smith, and the development of Zeitler, instead of trying to hammer the ball into the middle of the line and hoping to break free, they can open things up to that right hand side. With those two leading the way for now, and hopefully the foreseeable future, the offensive line should be an area of strength for the Bengals, something that will make fans, and Cincinnati running backs, very happy.