Bengals Bye Week Report Card: Offense

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


Head Coach: B-

His team is at 7-4, leading their division, and in position to compete for the #2 seed. Marvin has also been much more aggressive this year with his willingness to go for it on 4th down and has greatly improved his challenge success rate. That is the good. However, he hasn’t exactly been successful with his high risk calls. In fact, a few have likely cost them the game (the Baltimore and Miami games come to mind). And, like always, Marvin still seems to struggle managing the end of the half and end of the game.

Lastly, though 7-4 is good, a few questionable decisions likely are the difference between 7-4 and 9-2.


Offensive Coordinator: D

If not for their 7-4 record, this would be an F. Play-calling has been poor, predictable, boring and ineffective. If not for Bernard’s highlight reel runs and Green’s crazy catches, this offense would be brutal to watch. Dalton seems to have regressed again and at times the offense looks like it is stuck in reverse. With the plethora of weapons on offense, the stagnancy of this offense is unacceptable.




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  • theuberhuber

    Gruden should still get an F despite the record. bad decisions in preseason. (letting Connor go for example)lack of production on offence has no doubt had a major contribution to our defensive injuries…. also, its been our d that has saved the day and made up for grudens pathetic play calling.

  • Ron Fulton

    Like I said all season, the Bengals will go as far as Dalton takes them. With everything around him to be successful, if he plays well. they win. If not they lose. Simple as that.