Running Backs: B-
Giovani Bernard had a good rookie season but never was used to the fullest of his abilities, and although the running backs numbers were impressive – nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns out of the top 2 backs – much like Dalton, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Despite nearly 1,500 rushing yards from BJGE and Bernard, they only averaged 3.7 YPC, were plagued by inconsistencies all year and never were able to control a game. Most frustrating had to be their inability to get going on the same day.
BJGE and Bernard are great compliments to one another, but the Bengals never seemed to be able to get them going together and that held the offense back.
Though a lot of those issues (and this grade as a whole) can be blamed on the offensive coordinator not knowing how to effectively use the running game, the backs have to take some of the blame as well.