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Author: Jon Kuzma
Things are going to be completely different in Cincinnati after Marvin Lewis was let go this off-season. Lewis had been with the team since 2003 and it’s hard to imagine the Bengals without him roaming the sidelines. However this is an opportunity for Cincinnati to turn the page on the last 16 years and get a fresh new start in terms of leadership. That’s where former Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor comes into the picture. Taylor was actually a pretty good quarterback at the University of Nebraska and he also spent time with the Miami Dolphins’ staff. This guy is often praised for improving Ryan Tannehill and Jared Goff so he hangs his hat on stellar QB play. There’s even been some rumors that Taylor might try to acquire Tannehill and trade away Andy Dalton. Obviously shaking things up will probably be a good thing for this organization because their best days are in the rear-view mirror. By bringing in a whole new cast of players it can help change the nucleus and give the Bengals a new identity. The idea is they’ll be scoring more points than they have in the past and Taylor also has to improve the team’s discipline. Lewis struggled to reel in Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones when he was on their roster. Those problems have to be fixed and then it’ll be up to the offensive guru (Taylor) to work his magic. A.J Green and Tyler Boyd are good enough receivers to execute a legitimate passing attack. Joe Mixon is a good running back too so there’s some pieces there. It’s all about figuring what they’re going to do at quarterback and adding couple of free agents or draft picks on the offensive line. This isn’t a barren wasteland though the Bengals can be rehabbed into a contender. Zac Taylor just has to make the right tweaks and build up a positive culture.
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With Zac Taylor leading the Cincinnati Bengals the biggest changes should come on offense.