Head Coach: Zac Taylor
2020 started off on such a good note for the Bengals…. no one was going to mistake them for a playoff team, but rookie Joe Burrows was lighting it up, dropping 300 yard games like it was nothing, RB Joe Mixon was finally coming into his own, and the Concinnati was competitive again. The Mixon went down. Burrows followed soon after. And the Bungles were back.
1-5, WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
2-46 T Jackson Carman, Clemson
3-69 DE Joseph Ossai, Texas
4-111 DE Cameron Sample, Tulane
4-122 NT Tyler Shelvin, LSU
4-139 T D’Ante Smith, East Carolina
5-149 K Evan McPherson, Florida
6-190 C Trey Hill, Georgia
6-20 RB Chris Evans, Michigan
7-235 DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
The Bengals could have had a top line O-lineman with their first pick, but they chose Chase, which may not be a bad move. He and Burrows did team up for a National Title at LSU, and in the NFL chemistry is everything. They basically stocked the lines with most of the rest of their draft, which they needed.
Key Pick Ups
Riley Reiff – OT (from Vikings)
Trey Hendrickson – DE (from Saints)
Chidobe Awuzie – CB (from Cowboys)
All three of these will have an immediate impact.
A.J. Green – WR (to Cardinals)
Carl Lawson – DE (to Jets)
William Jackson – CB (to Football Team)
Geno Atkins – DT (FA)
The D will miss Lawson and Jackson. Green is gone, but there is enough talent at WR to fill the hole.
Offensive Coordinator: Brian Callahan
2020 Points Scored: 311 (29th)
With Burrow Mixon back, the Bengals are looking to pick up where they left off when they were hurt last year. The O-line should be a bit better, and the top 3 receivers are good enough that Cincinnati will be competitive again, although depth beyond that…. well, none of them had better get hurt.
Defensive Coordinator: Lou Anarumo
2020 Points Allowed: 424 (22nd)
This is still a young D. The pass rush will be better, but much will hinge on how the young players behind them improve in 2021.
One thing the Bengals are perennially good at is special teams. It makes sense… what team gets more practice? 2021 could be a bit of a mystery, though, ans they may well end up with rookies starting at both kicker and punter.
If Things Go Well
Burrow, Mixon, and the WRs all stay healthy, and the D continues to improve. Playoff aspirations are a bit much, but the improvement continues.
If They Don’t
If Burrow gets hurt again… not unrealistic with that O line… it’ll be another typical Bengals year. If the D doesn’t improve, or the receivers under perform… he may struggle as well. Just as bad.
The potential is there, but a lot of things need to go right for Cincinnati to win more than a few games.
|at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|at Washington Football Team|
|at Chicago Bears|
|at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Green Bay Packers|
|at Detroit Lions|
|at Baltimore Ravens|
|at New York Jets|
|at Las Vegas Raiders|
|Los Angeles Chargers|
|San Francisco 49ers|
|at Denver Broncos|
|Kansas City Chiefs|
|at Cleveland Browns|
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