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Bengals picking up pace on offense

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The Bengals finished last season sixth in the league in points and 10th in total yards, offensive numbers that were good enough to lift them to an AFC North title and third straight trip to the postseason.

It was also good enough to lift former offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to the head coaching job in Washington, leaving Hue Jackson to run the offense in Cincinnati this year. Jackson was on the staff last season as running backs coach, but he isn’t keeping things just as they were last season.

Running back Giovani Bernard says that “the┬ámentality of the offense has changed” with Jackson calling the shots, particularly when it comes to the tempo. The Bengals are working to speed things up, which reminds left tackle Andrew Whitworth of the way the offense ran from 2005-2007 when Bob Bratkowski was the coordinator and Jackson was on the staff as wide receivers coach.

“You make it to where [the opposing defense] have to work and operate quicker and don’t have as much time to line up and dissect and all those types of things,” Whitworth said, via ESPN.com. “[Offensively], when you get hot a lot of time in that kind of situation, you get real hot. Working with a tempo is a great way to be able to play. Now you have to have players who are in condition to do that and that’s a total different thing. I can remember back in ’06, ’07 when we did no-huddle some … playing at that kind of tempo, it was always an adjustment to get used to being in that kind of shape.”

A high tempo doesn’t mean the Bengals will be relying on finesse as they are deep at running back after drafting Jeremy Hill and Bernard says they are going to “basically” try to smash in the face of the opposition. If the Bengals succeed at mixing that desire with a pace that presses defenses, it will make for a pretty appealing offensive identity in Cincinnati.

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22 Responses to “Bengals picking up pace on offense”
  1. ariani1985 says: May 22, 2014 8:43 AM

    It also helps you play the old folks home in Pittsburgh 2 a year.

  2. bengalsfan420 says: May 22, 2014 8:44 AM

    just when the bob bratkowski nightmares just started to stop you have to say this offense looks like his please no

  3. cwitty63 says: May 22, 2014 8:45 AM

    Hue Jackson always does well with the running game…he brought the raiders running game back from the dead in one season.

  4. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: May 22, 2014 8:48 AM

    Can’t wait to see the offense under Hue Jackson. Gio and Jeremy Hill are going to be a tough tandem to deal with late in the season.

  5. joemammy says: May 22, 2014 8:59 AM

    I’m sure that every other team in the AFC North is just shaking in their boots.

  6. dollarbill247 says: May 22, 2014 9:01 AM

    Who dey!!!! Hopefully we can get out of the first round of playoffs.

  7. bharr170 says: May 22, 2014 9:01 AM

    With Hue as OC we can finally find out if Andy’s issues were because of Gruden or if he really can’t get them where they need to go.

  8. bigbenownsthenfl says: May 22, 2014 9:14 AM

    Bungles will be the bungles! Somebody refresh my memory… When was the last time they won a playoff game???? Exactly! Now hushhhhh!

  9. cincyfan0890 says: May 22, 2014 9:19 AM

    How many years has it been since the Steelers even made the playoffs? Bengals kept them out a couple times didn’t they? Go talk to other Steelers fans stuck in the past.

  10. deathonwings410 says: May 22, 2014 9:26 AM

    Only for Andy Dalton to choke in the playoffs.

  11. rutchaser says: May 22, 2014 9:30 AM

    I’m a fan but cannot get excited anymore until they win a playoff game at least. No change at head coach doesn’t boost my enthusiasm either. I’ll still watch them and hope for the best but I’ve become jaded over the years. By keeping Marvin it tells me this organization and Mike Brown are ok with being mediocre.

  12. r8rsfan says: May 22, 2014 9:33 AM

    Hue asked Run DMC what plays he likes and developed the run game around that. He’s not too proud to listen and make adjustments, and that bodes well for the Bengals.

  13. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 10:18 AM

    Did they sign a legitimate #2 wide receiver in the past 24 hours?!?

  14. ajgreenhof says: May 22, 2014 10:18 AM

    Gruden getting a HC job was the best thing to ever happen to Cincy. The guy kept trying to run sweeps with Green-Ellis .

  15. shayeezy says: May 22, 2014 10:21 AM

    andy dalton in an uptempo offense seems like a bad idea. the guy is very mistake prone and forcing him to act and react quicker is a recipe for pick sixes.

  16. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 10:59 AM

    The offense needs to be forced to be faster and more explosive off the line since that is Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu’s weaknesses.

    When coming out of college… both 5th rounder Jones and 3rd rounder Sanu had the poor reputations of being slow off the line and slow to break from defenders.

  17. corvetteman6 says: May 22, 2014 11:07 AM

    “Old folks home in Pittsburgh?”
    Oh, you mean the team that pounded the Bengals at the end of last regular season, right?
    The AFC North has never had a more unimpressive team win the division than the Bengals of last year.
    The most overrated team in the AFC

  18. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 12:30 PM

    Congratulations on “pounding” the Bengals in Week 15 as they rested their starters after already knocking the steelers out of playoff contention (for the second season in a row).

  19. scotrugby says: May 22, 2014 1:19 PM

    Dear Bengals fans,

    You have one heck of an offensive coach in Hue. I think your offense will improve.

    Just keep him away from making personnel decisions (IE trades, etc.) and you should be just fine.

    Signed,

    Raider Fan

  20. realmenwearstripes says: May 22, 2014 11:54 PM

    For the first time in quite a few years, the players all seem to be excited. There aren’t any major locker room issues, everyone seems to happy with their contracts, and except for the Andy Dalton (non-)controversy, there aren’t any distractions.

    All there is left is for the Bengals is to play football and keep winning.

  21. tiggerblood says: May 23, 2014 4:37 AM

    Yep unimpressive. Like when they won against the Patriots unimpressive or when they won against the Packers unimpressive? You don’t get wins against teams like that without playing good football. What’s unimpressive is sneaking up on a 170 lbs. punter and blindsiding him into a hospital bed any gutless wonder can do that.

  22. joetoronto says: May 23, 2014 5:12 AM

    As long as the Red Sausage is the QB, it doesn’t matter.

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