The Cincinnati Bengals finished their 2013 Campaign in a disappointing fashion. The offseason came early and now we must look at the future of this organization.
What will it take to get to that next level? To win our first playoff game in almost 24 years?
Change is coming, some will be good, and some will leave us scratching our heads. The Bengals will most likely begin the 2014 season without one or either of their main coordinators.
They must decide who gives them the best opportunity to grow and run this offense or defense with the quality that this team has shown during the regular season.
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
If Andy Dalton is going to get better, a new offensive coordinator must be ready to teach and work with Dalton on a daily basis with his accuracy and on-field vision. Jay has done a good job of helping Dalton develop each year since he came to the NFL, and if a new coordinator is needed, it needs to be someone the Bengals are confident can take Dalton to the next level.
And with Mike Zimmer possible leaving, a new defensive coordinator may be needed. He’ll have a good crop of players to work to with to build his own defense. The overall unit is fine how it is and will slightly improve in the secondary, since the Bengals will get back a healthy Leon Hall and Terrance Newman.
Whoever takes over the defense should produce a top-10 unit in his first year given the personnel.