Cincinnati Bengals Offseason: Looking at What’s Next

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Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Find Identity on Offense

The Bengals lost against the Chargers on a Sunday and by Friday, their offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was hired by Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins. Once Hue Jackson was named offensive coordinator, it became very apparent that the head coach, Marvin Lewis, was here to stay.

Jackson seems to be an obvious choice for offensive coordinator and is already talking about a running, and physical identity for the Bengals offense. That is all well and good, except the Bengals running game seemed stagnant at best this past year.

There were were reports of grumblings from Bengals players after Jay left that he didn’t run the ball enough, specifically with star rookie Giovani Bernard. Don’t expect that to be a problem with Jackson.

If he wants to run the ball more, then look for the Bengals to pick more offensive lineman higher in the draft and letting some of the veteran guys walk.

If Andy Dalton, who is going into his fourth year, really is the guy, then he needs a consistent running game, more protection, and more weapons around him.

Yes, stop me if you’ve read this before.

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