As the Bengals' season gladly ends, many questions arise in the offseason. Whom will they draft? Whom will they let go? Whom will they acquire in free agency?
After another year without a 1,000-yard runner, who do you blame most? Is it the O-line, the back, the coach, or the field-manager in the quarterback? I think it's all four.
The O-line ist not blocking like they should, the backs are nothing special, the offensive coordinator don't know how to disguise a play, which means the QB can't perform well, even though their starter is Ryan Fitzpatrick.
In the AFC North division, you have to be able to pound it out. The defenses in this division are too tough for you to pussy-foot around. When I think of the AFC North, I think of their backs that they've had. Jerome Bettis, Jamal Lewis, Reuben Droughns, Rudi Johnson, and Le'Ron McCain—all are big backs that have gotten it done for their teams.
The Bengals, in my opinion, need a back who is going to run straight at these defenses instead of around them. Chris Wells of Ohio State would fit this team perfectly. He is a big physical back that can grind it out much like they need. He's big enough to keep the defenders off of Carson in the passing game. In the running game, he's what defenses hate to prepare for.
This team was at its best when Rudi Johnson was at his best. Wells is a younger, faster, and a better runner than Rudi. The Bengals decided to get rid of Rudi because of injuries and replaced him with Chris Perry. Perry fumbled to much so they went to Benson. Benson had a couple good games against horrible teams, the question is where was those hundred yards all year?
Many argue they need a line, but you have five 300-plus-pound men that don't know what they're doing. Get a new line coach and get this group to figure out what they're doing. Maybe draft a lineman in the second round, but not the first. Draft Wells, he's the best man for the job!