Predicting how Bengals OL will look in 2022 after Super Bowl performance
Right Tackle: Jonah Williams
It felt like Jonah Williams was the only player who’d be a lock to return to his original position but something changed down the stretch. Fans now seem totally content with moving Williams to the other side of the line and ultimately, I decided to do that.
If the Bengals don’t sign Armstead or find an improvement at left tackle, then he can remain in his usual spot but the ability to slide him to right tackle opens up a whole bunch of possibilites for the team. They can go after Armstead or even be overly aggressive if Orlando Brown hits the open market.
Williams isn’t a bad player but he did surrender eight sacks (tied for sixth most), per PFF. Moving him to right tackle could be viewed as a demotion to some but I’d look at it as doing what’s best for the team. If something isn’t working, a change needs to be made and moving Williams to the right side of the line feels like it’d help the team, especially if Armstead was signed in free agency.
Some people have also mentioned Williams potentially kicking inside to one of the two guard spots and I don’t hate this idea either. This could happen if Spain isn’t retained or if the team does not find a decent right guard option. We’ve seen that transitioning from tackle to guard isn’t easy, however, so I’d prefer to keep the former first-rounder as a tackle for the time being.
So, to sum up, my predicted offensive line for 2022 following the Super Bowl loss is:
- Left Tackle – Terron Armstead
- Left Guard – Quinton Spain
- Center – Ryan Jensen
- Right Guard – Zion Johnson
- Right Tackle – Jonah Williams
How would your starting o-lines look?