Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Gruden is entering Bob Bratkowski territory for me. While not as predictable as Brat’s offense, Gruden’s offense can certainly challenge Brat’s when it comes to overall ineffectiveness. If you believe the issue with the offense is not Dalton, then you have to be doing so while pointing at Gruden. Something is wrong when an offense touting Green, Eifert, Gresham, Bernard, etc. goes 7+ quarters without a TD and is averaging just 17.6 ppg (taking out defensive TDs), and that is with the defense setting them up on with numerous short fields.
Giovanni Bernard’s Fumble
I don’t see Bernard as having any fumbling issues, but man was this fumble huge. If he simply goes down with the ball still in his hands, the game may be over. At worst, the Bengals can force NE to use all 3 of their time outs, get to the 2 minute warning, and at worst make the Patriots have to try to go 90+ yards in under 2 minutes with no timeouts. Luckily for Bernard, the Bengals defense not only stopped Brady and the Patriots offense after the fumble, they yielded a total of -5 yards on the drive.
Why did they keep this guy over Conner? If he was active (which he was), and they bring in Peko on the goal line (which they did), what purpose does he serve? My guess is that in 2 weeks when Pressley is eligible to come off the PUP list, Alex Smith gets cut, Charles moves to the 3rd TE and Pressley is the true FB they have needed.