In 2019, the Cincinnati Bengals had a rather… forgetful season. Despite fielding a roster with some surprisingly decent talent, the team wasn’t able to put it all together and ended the season with a league-worst 2-14 record, losing 11 straight to start the year.
There was a new sheriff in town, too.
Following a promotion from assistant wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach after just one year with the Los Angeles Rams, Zac Taylor would become the Bengals’ first new head coach since 2002(!) with defensive-guru Marvin Lewis.
A litany of injuries, mixed with some bad O-line play, sprinkled with a little player regression, spoiled his coming out party and led to yet another disappointing record. A record that would tie for the franchise worst and be the fourth consecutive season that the team has missed the post-season.
However, there’s still plenty reason to be optimistic about this upcoming 2020 season for the Bengals. A roster makeover in addition to another year of experience under coach Taylor and his staff should provide results that are much improved from what 2019 brought us.
A YOUNG OFFENSE BRINGING NEW HOPE…
Inexperience inevitability brings forth growing pains. Still in all, there is much to be optimistic about with the youth movement on this team. Especially on the offensive side of the ball. Of course we start with the man of the hour, the next captain of the ship, the new kid on the block…rookie QB Joe Burrow, the #1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Burrow won college football’s most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy Award, and seemingly every other award there was to win for a collegiate quarterback. He was undoubtedly the best player in college football this past season. In fact, he had arguably the greatest statistical season in FBS history.
Thus, the rookie will have some high expectations and a bunch of weight on his shoulders from attempting to be the franchise’s savior that brings them back from the bottom of the barrel to post-season glory after a four-year hiatus. Coach Taylor was nothing short of confident in his young quarterback’s ability to lead the team and be the franchise guy.
“He’s got full grasp of our offense…He really breathes life into this offense, into this team”, said coach Taylor regarding his rookie leader. Coach also mentioned how Burrow is filling into that leadership role well and how he didn’t want him to split reps and not get the necessary practice time.