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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Cincinnati Bengals made a surprising move when they decided to bring back Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Even though Lewis is a fantastic football coach a lot of the speculation in Southern Ohio was that ownership was ready to pursue new leadership. The Bengals changed their tune and made the right move by doubling down on the coach they’ve developed over a number of years. Now Lewis has to reward this organization by curing all of this team’s offense woes. The first task at hand will be finding a way to get more production out of the rushing attack. Cincinnati only compiled 6 rushing touchdowns for their entire team. Neither Joe Mixon nor Giovani Bernard could really get it going and now the Bengals have to sign a free agent in order to even be competent when it comes to running the ball. The two obvious choices are either Carlos Hyde or Isaiah Crowell, landing one of those two players will certainly improve Cinci’s 31st ranked running offense. You can’t just give Joe Mixon the starting job next year and allow the problem to take care of itself because things were too bad this past season. Go Get Hyde or Crowell and watch how the competition brings outs the best in everyone. After free agency is done the Bengals could then use the first two rounds to select offensive lineman. Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame) and Isaiah Wynn (Georgia) would be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to completely revamping the trenches upfront. A new proven running back and two young promising offensive line inserted into Cincinnati’s starting line up will have Marvin Lewis feeling rejuvenated. Suddenly this 7-9 franchise who had the least offensive yards in the league can become a 9 or 10 win ball club. Which is due to the fact that these moves puts an emphasis on increasing the productivity on the offensive side of the ball. It’s simple philosophy fix what doesn’t work.
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