The point is that once our defense was solidified by eleven of the best, even underrated, players in the league, we used the draft to address the offense and help Dalton.
It started with the selections of Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard in the first two rounds. The first player gives Dalton a large target with phenomenal hands, especially in the red zone. The second gives the young quarterback an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield in addition to being a speedster for the running game.
This is not to mention all his other targets. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu will quickly become fantastic complements to A.J. Green, as they had just enough time to develop a chemistry with Dalton with limited starting time.
Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) catches a pass for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback Ron Bartell (21) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
In my opinion, the second WR position will likely be Sanu’s to lose, as head coach Marvin Lewis seemed to indicate. Still, Jones will certainly see extended playing time and will look to make it count.
Comparisons have been drawn between Cincinnati and the Patriots’ offense with two potential stars at the tight end position. While this comparison may be a little misplaced, the Bengals now have the all-around talent to create a full-scale west coast pass attack, and also to give Andy Dalton a shot at one heck of a third year in the NFL.
Dalton didn’t necessarily have a sophomore slump last year; it was more so of a five-game problem.
With everything that’s happened in Cincinnati since then, don’t expect to see the same problem again.