Solidify the Offensive Line
The offensive line must get better. They proved how unprepared they were for a major pass rush defense that rushed more than 5 almost every play. The pocket collapsed on Dalton many times and he was under constant pressure.
The run game got off the ground a little with Green-Ellis and Bernard but the passing game was shut down, with the exception of a few large plays from Jones and a Gresham touchdown.
Dalton’s accuracy was part of the problem but he couldn’t get his feet set on many plays without getting hit. If they don’t sure up the line, next year could just be another repeat performance.
We can expect many surprises this offseason with some key decisions upcoming, from the draft to free agency, and from coaches being interviewed to the possibly of them leaving.
The Bengals will start to evaluate their future this week, and the decisions made will be crucial for this organization. They will need to prove to the fans once again that they are more than a one and done team.
There was so much hope going into the season and now so many questions to be answered before kickoff next September.