The Cincinnati Bengals Identity Crisis

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Hue Jackson before the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Hue Jackson, former Raiders head coach, and long time Bengals assistant, has already been named Offensive Coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. Finally, a glimpse at something this team lacked in 2013, an identity.

Jackson makes no secret about his offense, he wants them to run, be physical, run, and well, run some more. This is promising, because at least there will be some idea of what the Bengals offense will be doing. Also, Jackson should incorporate plays to work with getting the AFC’s best receiver open and in space. So, what’s next? The quarterback. Andy Dalton was the definition of inconsistent during the 2013 season. At times, he was unstoppable, and other times no one had any clue what he was doing or seeing on the field. Again, no identity.

Although Hue Jackson may not be the savior or answer the Bengals have been looking for, he certainly is fit for the position. This offense now looks like one that a guy like Dalton can thrive in, and one that will finally be able to say, this is our identity. Everyone agreed after this last playoff mess, the Bengals needed to make changes, and Gruden becoming the Redskins coach freed up a position where change was needed, and Jackson coming


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