- Gabriel Burns
The Bengals will likely have a new coaching staff next season, but the same needs remain.
An attempt to rebuild the offensive line fell flat. Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi haven’t blossomed and the decision to let Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler walk in free agency proved foolish.
CBS Sports previewed the Bengals’ draft needs, with tight end and offensive line at the top. Note that oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert is a free agent after the season.
“The Bengals have the option of making a QB switch this offseason, as they'll be picking high in the draft and can save nearly $14 million on the cap by cutting Andy Dalton. Unlikely, sure, but crazier things have happened. If Dalton returns and aside from finding a healthier replacement for Tyler Eifert, all of the team's energy should be on rebuilding an offensive line that has been completely dominated most of the season. Clint Boling is a worthy keeper at left guard, but better starters must be found at every other spot.”
It goes on to say the team needs upgrades at linebacker and Adam Jones’ replacement in the secondary.
The Bengals have enough talent to be competitive. The challenge lies in building a real contender, and assessing which players can be part of sustainable success.