After expanding the playbook significantly last year once there was a full-offseason to utilize, Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden doesn’t plan on making any significant changes to his offense this year, and will instead focus on how to properly implement new players like Gio Bernard into the system:
Obviously we’ll tweak it quite a bit as we go, but we’ll be interchanging instead of overhauling. It’s just changing the personnel a little bit with similar concepts without teaching a whole new system.
We featured probably more of the personnel groupings with one tight end and one back and three receivers. It’s very easy to take out that third receiver and put a tight end in there and call the same plays. A lot of it is the same thing. It’s a matter of keeping the personnel on the field that you want to dictate. If (the defense) wants to play nickel, we’ll match up. If they want to use base, it’s a good deal for us.
Every year you have a draft and you have some new toys, so things change. You have to adjust.
Joe Reedy writes why trying to compare this year’s Bengals crop of undrafted guys to Vontaze Burfict is unfair, but that doesn’t mean they won’t find some gems who make the opening-day roster:
Now if you want to compare any of these guys to Trevor Robinson or Emmanuel Lamur, guys who signed without much fanfare, earned their way onto the 53-man roster and then made solid contributions, that would be better.
Reedy also predicts that running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will play the most snaps in the Bengals’ backfield this season.