Roundtable: Time for these Bengals to Step-Up

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“Who has to step-up their game the most for the Bengals to finish strong and win the AFC north?”


Oct 27, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated New York 49-9. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports



Scott Bantel

Dalton is the easy answer, but I am going with Jay Gruden. Dalton has his limitations. Everyone in the NFL know that and every fan knows that. Gruden has to recognize his strengths and his limitations and play to his strengths. Take a look at Alex Smith, a player very similar to Dalton. Dalton also has seven more TDs than Smith (21 to 17).

However, Dalton also has three times as many INTs as Smith (15 to 5). Andy Reid is doing a good job of developing an offense around Smith’s strengths and not asking him to do too much. As a result, Smith is not forcing balls and has 50 less passes than Dalton. During the off week, I would suggest Gruden study 3 things:

1) study guys like Smith and how their teams use them

2) study how New Orleans uses Sproles and how KC uses Charles and use Bernard in similar ways

3) study how teams effectively use 2 TEs. This team has too many weapons for the offense to continually struggle the way they are struggling.

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