One might think the Cincinnati Bengals would have enough offensive firepower to ensure 2016 was more of an anomaly than an indication of what to expect this upcoming season.
Sure, quarterback Andy Dalton is good enough for regular-season play. But the problem here entering 2017 is up front along the offensive line.
Cincinnati let O-linemen Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth walk this offseason. And we’ve already pointed out how thin the NFL Draft is along the offensive line.
It’s not likely the Bengals will find worthwhile replacements to protect Dalton and open up the running game once more. And everything starts to fall apart, offensively, from this unit forward.
Unless Cincinnati can somehow make significant defensive upgrades to make up for offensive shortcomings, it’s likely the Bengals’ 2016 woes will carry into this season.