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Five Reasons Not to Panic About the Bengals Offensive Line

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 11: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a touchdown pass to John Ross #15 during the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 11: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a touchdown pass to John Ross #15 during the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

4- Increased Pre-snap Motion.

This is one of the elements of the Rams offense expected to be brought over by new head coach Zac Taylor who cut his coaching teeth with the Rams.  The concept is intentionally running all plays out of similar looking formations, then using pre-snap movement that causes defenders to pause momentarily to make a correct decision, or commit entirely to the wrong decision.

That moment of hesitation is exactly the type of  competitive advantage that could give players like Bobby Hart a split-second of extra time needed to complete blocks. This is illustrated in tweet below from former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky.

This simple change in offensive scheme could make the Bengals line’s job easier. The hope is to replicate the sort of jump in production currently enjoyed by Rams players like Austin Blythe. Blythe is no stud.  He was a backup on a bad Indianapolis Colts line in 2016.

He was waved and subsequently picked up by Los Angeles in May 2017. Blythe still didn’t become the starter until the incumbent faced suspension. He was able to hold on to the starting job for the 2018 season. Blythe went from being a backup on a poorly managed offensive line to being a starter on a well managed offensive line with successful results. This leads us to…

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