Three things the eye test says about the Cincinnati Bengals
After an 0-6 start in Cincinnati, the bloom is off the rose that is Zac Taylor. He’s been less than impressive, and on too many occasions his play calling was both overly conservative and downright questionable. His method is hard to understand, and when he was down 10 points against the Ravens, he punted near midfield instead of making a move to jumpstart his team.
Hey, maybe that gamble doesn’t work, then again, at 0-6 what has? Taylor has yet to establish any team identity or coaching philosophy in six games. It shows, as opposing teams are finding it an easy call when scheming against the Bengals.
The eye test makes you wonder if he’s in over his head. It may be too early to say so, but simply saying the right things in “coach-speak” isn’t going to play much longer, if at all.
It’s fair to say he’s not playing with much of a roster. He’s down a rookie offensive lineman, two starting wide receivers, and is saddled with a roster riddled with holes and questionable “talent” on both sides of the football.
Don’t misunderstand, Taylor didn’t have a turn-key operation in Cincinnati. However, six games in and the Bengals look somewhat rudderless. At some point, the question can be reasonably asked as to what kind of team the Bengals intend to be because, at 0-6, the record is beginning to speak for itself.