Aug 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on the sidelines during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Remember the mid-2000s Carson Palmer/Chad Johnson/T.J. Houshmandzadeh era? Remember the time that the offense was the strength of this team? Remember when we had a subpar defense? That seems like an eternity ago to some of us by now, seeing that Carson became a human version of a female dog and Chad decided to hit his wife.
And unfortunately for T.J., he fell off the face of the earth after brief stints with the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens. Things have certainly changed in the past 6-8 years. It is like a role reversal of sorts. Mike Zimmer becomes defensive coordinator, and now the Bengals defense has been one of the best for years while the offense has been the weak point of the team. How do you fix that? I think we saw a glimmer of just that in Sunday’s 13-6 win over New England.
For the first time this year, I saw quite a bit of targets and receptions from our tight ends. Eifert had 5 receptions for 53 yards. Gresham had 4 for 24. Sure, those aren’t great numbers, but those are 9 completions to tight ends. When is the last time the Bengal did that?
It seems to me like common sense. Use your tight ends, and guess what? The safeties will have to protect the middle of the field, and do you know what that means? More one-on-one opportunities for A.J. Green, and he usually wins those battles. The point I am trying to make to Jay Gruden is the tight ends will make this offense better.