Offense won’t be a problem for the 2016 Bengals.
The Cincinnati Bengals have never had an identity problem. When the Orange and Black takes the field, fans know that the Men in Stripes will be scoring points. Legendary names like Isaac Curtis, Corey Dillon, Ken Anderson and Boobie Clark bring back memories of stout scoring machines. Without the guidance of Hue Jackson, will the Bengals still be an offensive threat?
Old heads will always remember the good old days. Yes. There was actually a Bengals player with the name Boobie.
New school devotees will be okay, without dearly departed Hue Jackson. Bengals faithful had a wonderful time, witnessing Andy Dalton endure the maturation process. There were the typical growing pains associated with running a system and using the proper audibles and checkdowns. But, after he grew into the scheme, there was no stopping The Red Rifle.
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With rookies inking contracts and Training Camp peeping around the corner, Bengals fans are talking football. The biggest concern is the resurgence of the offense. The faithful are worried about points on the board and time consuming drives that end with touchdowns.
Take my hack sportswriter advice and run with it. Bengals backers have nothing to worry about. Offensive coordinator Ken Zampese will be dealing with new Andy. The chances of Dalton regressing to old Andy are slim to none. It’s easy to forget that Zampese was behind the scenes, during the emergence of the Bengals high-powered offense. As Andy was groomed, he was right there coaching him.
Most of the concern is over Zampese’s lack of coordinator pedigree. The great swami will address this issue. Yeah, this is his first time calling the shots. But he has close to 20 years of knowledge and experience. He’ll also have new toys to tinker with.
He’s worked with guys that love to put points on the board and confuse defenses. Let’s not forget about his father. The great Ernie Zampese gained respect, as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. How’s that for pedigree? Under his watch, the Bolts were running the Air Coryell scheme.
Zampese has been the Bengals quarterbacks coach, since the beginning of the Marvin Lewis era. There shouldn’t be any major changes that move the Bengals away from the philosophy that has brought them success. Still, it’ll be his show. The fireworks may require a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses.
Still not feeling the Bengals choice of Zampese as coordinator? He’s dedicated to pushing Dalton even further. Per Cincy Jungle, he was matter-of-fact about part of his mission.
"“These five years with him have been a lot of fun, because we’ve been able to take a guy from scratch and bring him up to this point. The challenge is now to not just keep him there, but push him forward from there. There’s a lot of meat left on that bone, and we’ll go find it.”"
There’s nothing like home cooking. The Bengals have a winning recipe, with Zampese.