Why The Bengals Face An Uphill Battle In 2017

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Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Why The Bengals Face An Uphill Battle In 2017
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Offensive Line Chemistry

Yeah. That needs to be addressed like yesterday. The sudden feeling among a growing number of fans is that the defense needs an overhaul. Nah. There are enough pieces on defense to warrant a more than adequate unit. Andrew Billings will be back from a torn meniscus. With his strength and girth next to Geno Atkins, the building blocks are there.

It’s all about getting Andy Dalton the time to look downfield. Big Whit and Zeitler are gone. There’s no need to sit around and cry in your beer…or whatever your choice of beverage. The offensive line will be undergoing a serious change that could alter the scheme. Let’s be real. One of the reasons Dalton had a great 2015 season was timing. Per ESPN, before he was injured, Dalton had one of the quickest release times. In fact, it was second only to Tom Brady.

With the absence of Whitworth to guard his blind side, suddenly the spotlight shifts to Cedric Ogbuehi. When the Bengals drafted to replace Andrew, there was only a matter of time before his understudy had to perform. Remember all the experiments with moving Whit and Ogbuehi? Now, it’s the real deal. The musical chairs have stopped. The spot is Cedric’s to lose.

Andre Smith is back. But, that’s more for the running game. Hopefully, he can prove that bringing him back will help with the development of the line.

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