Chemistry From The O’s
The 2016 offense wasn’t bad. But, it wasn’t great either. In order to make a run at the postseason Holy Grail, there has to be cohesiveness on offense. What–or who–was the weak link? Ask 10 fans and you’ll get a few different answers. But, the popular response will be the O-Line. Yet, there was enough stability in the unit to get things done.
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Essentially, there has to be a better understanding of the offensive scheme. There were too many instances of confusion about what should have been done in certain situations. Offensive coordinator Ken Zampese has been on his grind and going over the plays from last season. Yes, that’s right. Every play from the offensive side of the ball. Each situation is being scrutinized to get back into gear.
With a few new pieces to ramp up the pace, the Bengals should be able to spring more than a few surprises on teams. Speed on the outside and in the slot will cause defenders to stay honest or get burned. Jon Ross will have to answer the call. His surgically repaired frame is a huge question mark. But, he’s confident in his ability and ready to go.
There’s also the question of the running game. Joe Mixon will definitely have to provide the juice for healthy competition in the backfield.