Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) wait for a call to be reviewed during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals: New Identity, No Problem

Two weeks after the wild-card loss, the Cincinnati Bengals are moving towards the right direction this off-season. Promoting within an organization can have its ups and downs, but the new hires are exactly what this Bengals unit needs.

Stability, trust, resilience, and honesty, are what the offensive and defensive units will encounter in the “Queen City”. Despite the record and circumstances, Hue Jackson coached the Oakland Raiders to have one of the better units in 2010.

Having the history and knowledge already from working with the Bengals; Jackson inherits an offense that could easily be with the top tier of teams through the air and on the ground.

Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Giovani Bernard, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Marvin Jones, and Mohamed Sanu, have their work cut out for them in 2014. Jackson will pound the “rock”, create new opportunities, and challenge each player to improve.

The Bengals need to be a tougher team running the ball and sticking with what works. Jackson plans to master situational football to help improve Dalton’s struggles, and we Bengals fans know that might just be the answer.

The newly promoted Paul Guenther should be able to keep the tables turning by sharpening up the linebacker play and schemes that this Bengals unit is known for now. Crafty play-calling, situational blitz packages and constant pressure should be characteristics normally from the new Vikings head coach and former Bengals defensive coordinator, that Guenther can keep within the personnel.

Even though this team has a new identity, everyone in the organization can benefit, and the transition will be no problem for this new Cincinnati Bengals team in 2014.


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