A Hot Mess
How can a team start out with passion and fire but suddenly look like the tank ran empty? That sounds like the setup for a comedy routine. But, actually, it’s a simple answer. If you’re the Cincinnati Bengals and Ken Zampese is the offense coordinator, you have a solid chance at tanking. Oh, wait. Throw in a 14-year cameo appearance by Marvin Lewis and it’s all good.
There are Bengals fans who claim they’ll take the winning seasons over a playoff win (yes, they do exist). But, in the grand scheme of things, winning tons of games gets you nothing. The Bengals are one of the most successful franchises since the Dalton-Green era. They are a respectable 57-35-2 (.617), after the Steelers shocking comeback. Unfortunately, winning is only a small part of the formula. What’s the ultimate goal class? Getting to the playoffs, winning and playing in the Super Bowl. This hasn’t happened on Marvin’s watch.
Zampese’s offense is as exciting as watching paint peel. Yes, this is his first year as an OC. But, there should be some strides made. At a critical juncture of the season, the Bengals sit at 5-8-1. A crucial part of that record is due to a lack of halftime adjustments. Oh, what are those? It happens when the coaches break down what the opponent is doing and devise a new plan of attack. For some strange reason, Bengals Zampese doesn’t seem to be making those.