While the offense has improved, Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus still thinks the Bengals’ offense has critical flaws, which is why he put them in that tier during his latest writeup.
The article consisted of five different tiers for offenses – The NFL’s Elite (which consists of teams like the Chiefs and Buccaneers), On the Verge (teams like the Seahawks and Titans live here), The Chasing Pack (49ers and Raiders are two notable teams included here), Critical Flaws (this is where the Bengals were placed), and The Rest (the Jets and Dolphins were just a few of the teams to be put in the fifth and final tier).
As noted, Cincinnati was placed into the fourth tier, which was “Critical Flaws”.
"Based on training camp hype alone, it’s difficult to pin down where this offense will be. Early reports were extremely encouraging before they gave way to familiar stories of Joe Burrow running for his life behind an overmatched offensive line. The line gave up 181 total pressures last season and ranked 29th in PFF pass-blocking grade. Ja’Marr Chase may have been the correct draft pick in the first round regardless, but the fears of everybody that wanted them to draft Penei Sewell instead may well still be realized."
Cincinnati Bengals offense still has its fair share of problems
This is a good spot for the Bengals because, while they did make improvements this offseason, there are still plenty of unanswered questions, particularly along the offensive line. Training camp hasn’t made fans feel any more confident about the o-line and Joe Burrow has struggled as well.
Many feel that with the addition of Ja’Marr Chase, the offense will be unstoppable but we don’t know that yet. Burrow is recovering from an injury and the offensive line isn’t looking much better than it was a season ago.
If Burrow has to run for his life on every play once again, then it’d be fair for the Bengals to be dropped to the fifth and final tier, which is simply titled “The Rest”. This offense is far more talented than that on paper but we have to see major improvements.