After one of the most embarrassing seasons in remembrance by the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line who gave up 158 pressures on veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, the team put a lot of work into the unit this offseason. Firing their former offensive line coach, Paul Alexander, and bringing in former Dallas Cowboys line coach Frank Pollack was the first answer.
Cincinnati signed Bobby Hart in free agency, traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn, and drafted first-round pick center Billy Price to help bolster this offensive line for Pollack. With Glenn at left tackle, Clint Boling at left guard, and Billy Price commanding the center following the departure of Russell Bodine, it would seem that the offensive line should significantly improve this season.
However, there are still question marks on the offensive line. Both positions on the right side with be under considerable competition for starting roles. Right tackle Jake Fisher will likely be the lead candidate to take the starting role if he can stay healthy after a heart condition benched him a season ago. He will compete with Hart for the starting role.
At right guard, there are a number of choices Cincinnati could go with. Christian Westerman is one of the fans favorites to start, but Alex Redmond will be fighting for the role as well come training camp. Both showed some flashes late in the season that could prove to be solid potential moving forward. There’s also tackle Cedric Ogbuehi who Pollack wants to try out at guard this offseason.
With the two spots on the right side not sure starters, it leaves a whole side of the line with a question mark. You also have to consider how well this group will take to blend as a unit and work well together. Price will not take real snaps with the group until training camp. How far into the season will we see a change in production?