Jul 31, 2011; Georgetown, KY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) listens to offensive coordinator Jay Gruden during training camp at Georgetown College. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Once the lockout ended, Gruden scrambled to put the playbook together in 2011, and really did not try to call too much to overwhelm the new Bengals quarterback. Gruden quickly learned, however, thatDaltoncould handle about anything thrown his way. 2011 came and went with the Bengals losing to the Texans in the first round of the playoffs, and with a full offseason to prepare in 2012, there was no reason to think this past season wouldn’t be short of electrifying.
2012 definitely had more offensive ups and downs than aKingsIslandrollercoaster. There were times during the season when the Bengals offense seemed like a well oiled machine that was virtually unstoppable. Other parts of the season, however, the Bengals couldn’t manage to gain a first down, and the play calling seemed stale at best. Obviously Gruden cannot go onto the field and execute the plays, but if the play calling seems predictable to us fans at home, imagine what the opposing defensive coordinators think.