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Hue Jackson: We’ve got to be better taking care of the football

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Earlier this week, we heard from a couple of Bengals players about some changes to the offense now that Hue Jackson has been bumped up to offensive coordinator with Jay Gruden moving on to Washington.

Tackle Andrew Whitworth talked about the increased tempo on offense with Jackson calling the shots, but the pace of the offense is not the area Jackson most wants to change in the coming season. In an interview with Geoff Hobson of the team’s website, Jackson pointed to turnovers as the area where the Bengals need to devote their attention.

“We’ve got to be better taking care of the football, first and foremost,” Jackson said. “We can’t give the other team the ball. The ball is one of the most precious things in the game and we have to protect it with everything we have.”

The Bengals turned the ball over 30 times last season and 20 of those turnovers came on interceptions thrown by Andy Dalton, who had three more in their playoff loss to the Chargers. Jackson also said he doesn’t think “you can just throw and win” and that he wants to “consistently run the football,” and all those thoughts come together to signal an offense that won’t be relying as heavily on the passing game as it did last season.

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19 Responses to “Hue Jackson: We’ve got to be better taking care of the football”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: May 23, 2014 3:16 PM

    Understatement of the day: “The ball is one of the most precious things in the game”

    You don’t say…

  2. rjg427 says: May 23, 2014 3:27 PM

    How cliche

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 23, 2014 3:32 PM

    “Without the ball there would be no game. People would stop coming to the stadium. Our jobs would be lost and we’d be on the street wearing rags and being abused by the public. I try to get that point across, but you think they listen?…..”.

  4. mdsayre says: May 23, 2014 3:37 PM

    Bengals have the best balanced team in the AFC now. If they can stay healthy and get that run game going they are SB bound.

  5. ken14andersonforhof says: May 23, 2014 3:41 PM

    thats what we need, 5 yards and a cloud of grass clippings per a carry! who dey!!

  6. bamboozle99 says: May 23, 2014 4:02 PM

    Careful promoting that guy.

  7. nomoreseasontix says: May 23, 2014 4:06 PM

    “Greatest trade in history…”

  8. wallabear says: May 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    Andy Dalton doesn’t have the mental fortitude to win Big Games like Timmy Tebow and Vince Young. It’s just a simple fact.

  9. bengalskuta82 says: May 23, 2014 4:16 PM

    This team may or may not win the AFC North but they will still go to the playoffs again. I mean, look at the AFC. You have Denver, the Pats and the Colts. Yeah, theyll be there. They just need to win there. Hopefully its this time

  10. timmons94 says: May 23, 2014 4:24 PM

    Bengals will finish 2nd or 3rd in AFc north. Steelers first. Ravens second if they get a qb. Bengals 3rd and for the 7th year in a row the stains lose at least 11…

  11. jeanoroid says: May 23, 2014 4:45 PM

    ‘Bengals will finish 2nd or 3rd in AFc north. Steelers first. Ravens second if they get a qb. Bengals 3rd and for the 7th year in a row the stains lose at least 11…’

    I can think of at least four things dead wrong with this comment.

  12. bengalskuta82 says: May 23, 2014 4:59 PM

    timmons94 says:
    May 23, 2014 4:24 PM
    Bengals will finish 2nd or 3rd in AFc north. Steelers first. Ravens second if they get a qb. Bengals 3rd and for the 7th year in a row the stains lose at least 11…
    ———————————————————
    Hi, welcome back to the NFL. So, youve been sleeping for the last 6\7 years? Well, a lot has changed! LOL!!

  13. evansvc says: May 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    GM/Coach, What would it hurt???? Take a look at Vince Young…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

  14. dagator8888 says: May 23, 2014 5:53 PM

    The Bengals won the division by 3 games last year and it may be 4 this year. Stoolers are old and slow. The Ravens’ great GM Newsome traded away their best player, Bolden, to the 49 ers and the Brownies are well….the Brownies.

  15. ravenswhat says: May 23, 2014 5:54 PM

    No hue, you need a new QB.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: May 23, 2014 9:48 PM

    mdsayre, did you say SB bound? Question, do you even watch the playoffs?

  17. bengalsucker says: May 23, 2014 11:52 PM

    You know it’s bad when you have a guy that you call the “face of the organization” or the “franchise QB” and you have to take work OFF of his plate to help him. yeah that’s not the guy i want to pay a bunch of money to. Paying Andy will be the biggest mistake they make this offseason bc I know it’ll happen.

  18. bonniebengal says: May 24, 2014 7:25 AM

    So glad Gruden is gone. I expect Washington will be throwing the ball 70% of the time now. Hue has the right ideas and energy to help lead us to a Super Bowl.

  19. realmenwearstripes says: May 24, 2014 10:51 PM

    Why do we keep hearing soundbites from Jackson and not Lewis?

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