The Cincinnati Bengals are facing a pivotal year. They needed to improve the offense. They have done just that and now they need to prove the skeptics wrong.
The biggest problem the 2017-2018 Bengals faced, was closing out opponents! They simply got nothing out of their offense in the second half, all year! A lot of this, of course, can be attributed to their poor O-line play! Cedric Ogbuehi is no way, shape or form, as good as Andrew Whitworth (who left via FA to the Rams)! The loss of Kevin Zeitler, also hurt us up front and those holes, just couldn’t be filled!
So the Bengals, step outside of themselves and make predraft trades. Essentially, they are able to address their starting LT and C positions, with their first round pick! I think the fact, they brought in Billy Price over what some analysts considered, better talent, was due to the fact; they need a new voice on their line! What is certain, from watching him at OSU is: he is definitely that voice!
If we really want to see what our young guys such as: Tyler Boyd, Cody Core, John Ross, Josh Malone, and Joe Mixon are about, then addressing the line was essential! Andy Dalton has caught a lot of criticism this last season, with his sub par play. But one positive takeaway, from last year is, his turnovers were still way down! Despite the fact, he spent most of his time, running for his life! Bill Lazor having a full training camp/off-season, to implement his offense will also serve as a major plus! Ken Zampese just never seemed to dial-up the right plays, at the right time! Lazor made improvements, when he stepped in week 3, but he was limited in what he could do, in that situation.
The Bengals definitely will need better play out of Andy Dalton and AJ Green! In fact, many have speculated that this is, in fact a do or die year, for Andy. Last year, the offensive line, was the excuse. This year, Andy is going to have to show, he can return to 2015 form, given the proper protection!