Sometimes offensive coordinators worry about keeping everyone happy that they forget about calling plays that will simply get the job done. The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a horrendous offensive performance against the Cleveland Browns last weekend. It is clear that finding an offensive identity is important. However, what is even more important is for the Bengals to focus on doing whatever it takes to win games.
“Sometimes you get into the problem if you’ve got so many different people, that’s where you have trouble with identity,” Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth said, according to Bengals.com. “You’ve got so many different people that you’re trying to get the ball to and keep happy that sometimes you have to realize what we’re going to do and be well at is more important than who all gets the ball. So it takes some of that, feeling it out and realizing, ‘Hey, let’s focus on getting an identity and focus on scoring points, then we start worrying about spreading the ball out and finding all the different things.'”
Obviously, getting the ball to wide receiver A.J. Green, who is by far the best playmaker on the roster, is very important. With that being said, having quarterback Andy Dalton throw the ball 42 times is not exactly ideal. The fact is the Bengals need to find a good balance between their ground and air attacks.
“What we really want to do is execute plays. So if we’re throwing it, we want people to get open and we want to protect the quarterback. And if we’re running it, we want to move people and run the ball effectively. But the key is to being balanced and not allow yourself to sway one way or the other too much and find out what you’re doing well and keep doing it.”
The team already won one game by running the ball and the other by passing. That proves they are capable of doing both. It is just a matter of figuring out which game plan will work better against which defense.