Simply put, Gruden can no longer claim that he doesn’t have the right players, or that they’re young and still developing. He must find a way to improve this offense so that the defense isn’t forced to hold every opponent to under 20 points in a league that is favoring offenses more and more every year.
Sean O’Donnell had a similar analysis in that Gruden has the weapons to make this offense elite:
He has the quarterback that can get it done. He has the weapons at the wide receiver position. He has a two-headed monster in the backfield. He has the necessary personnel to run an effective two-tight end set. What more could he ask for?
The play book must expand this season and his hybrid West Coast offense will need to take the form that was originally expected back in his inaugural season with the team in 2011.
Simply put, if Gruden can create the dynamic plays using the proper personnel groups, we could see a top-10 unit from the Bengals this season.
Mark it down: If the Bengals offense ranks fails to make improvement from last year and rank somewhere in the high teens or even top-10, the ceiling for this team will once again be one-and-done in the postseason.
But if Gruden is able to improve this offense to the point they can move the ball effectively against even the NFL’s elite defense, then we may be in for a special year.