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Round table: Managing the Giovani Bernard – BenJarvus Green-Ellis timeshare

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Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson (91) looks to make a tackle on Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

"“Is it time for Giovani Bernard to get more carries, or is this the right balance between he and BenJarvus Green-Ellis?”"

Sean McMahon

Bernard should continue to get more carries. While Green-Ellis has stepped up these past two weeks, Bernard is far more explosive and can definitely hurt teams. This is a good 1-2 punch, but Bernard should see around 15-25 touches a game, including on the ground.

Against the Bills was the first time he had 20+ touches in his career, and he had his first 100 net yards game. Also, Bernard has averaged 4.8 YPC or higher four out of six games. Bernard is a very big key to the Bengals offense.


No, the balance is just fine the way it is.  Both are averaging good numbers on carries, and until Bernard shows that he can pick up the blitz consistently, the one-two-punch of the Law Firm and Gio is a solid combination.  Don’t get me wrong, I love what he does on the field, but at this point shuffling him on and off with BJGE keeps defenses off-balance and guessing.  

That’s where defenses need to be for this offense to work, so the more complexity in personnel groups, the better.  To be honest, I’m not sure what everyone’s hurry is – this guy will be the starter for a long, long time. 

At 4-2, there is no rush right now.  

Joe Johnson

I’m not so sure that carries for Gio is the only main concern for me. Yes, he needs more, but he needs to be infused into this offense a lot more in not only the running game, but in the passing game. Just look at the offense with and without him.

Without him, the offense is stagnant. With him, this offense is really fun to watch. This guy is a game changer, more in the passing game than the running game, as we have seen several times this year. He is nearly unstoppable when catching the ball in the open field.