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Let’s get this part out of the way first…
The Bengals had a nice season. Making the playoffs beats not making the playoffs, and we know about not making the playoffs. The franchise had progressed, and while it still has a way to go, it’s in better shape than it was 24 months ago.
I think I covered my obligation to say nice things about the Bengals and their 2012 season.
For all the nice things we can say about them, and for as much credit that they deserve from digging themselves out of a 3-5 hole to make the playoffs, one thing is still painfully, and one might argue, alarmingly, clear:
This offense isn’t good enough.
To some, that statement might be obvious. To others, it might be an overreaction to a touchdown-less performance in Houston, in a game the Bengals had a chance to win only because of the work of their defense and the ineptitude of both the Texans’ offense and their coaches.
Either way, the numbers the offense didn’t put up down the stretch are more painful to look at then the film of Marvin’s fourth postseason losses in as many chances.
In their last 36 drives to end the season, the Bengals offense managed just one touchdown.
In their final six games, including postseason, here was the offensive output:
*Two touchdowns against the Chargers
*Three touchdowns against the Eagles, the scores aided by great field position
*Two touchdowns against the Cowboys
*Zero touchdowns against the Steelers
*One touchdowns against the Ravens scrubs
*Zero touchdowns against the Texans
In six weeks, the Bengals’ offense scored seven touchdowns, their final effort of the season arguably their worst, and definitely their most costly.
We’re now to the point where the Bengals are being judged by how they play in the postseason, not if they make the postseason, and that’s to their credit. And no one is in favor of blowing the offense up and starting from scratch. But the fact is that the Bengals will never advance past the NFL’s opening playoff weekend with an offense so maddeningly inconsistent, and so devoid of bankable weapons.
Even the weapons they do have aren’t always used to their fullest capacity. For most of the first half against Houston, I wondered if AJ Green was still on the roster.
Some of the weapons they do have lack the ability to consistently make the kind of plays championship teams always find a way to make. Jermaine Gresham just dropped another ball as you read this sentence.
Their running game is okay. It isn’t great. Their other wideouts can either be assessed the same way, or have a ways to go to make regular contributions. And the offensive line still isn’t capable of keeping Andy Dalton on his feet often enough for him to be able to deliver the ball.
And Andy isn’t there yet either.
When I watch Andy Dalton play, I see an above-average quarterback who misses too many throws to be great. And I see too many things like the unbelievably frustrating fourth and 11 throw on their final offensive drive that I wonder if his ceiling is too low for him to be the kind of quarterback who often wins games like the one he’s lost in back-to-back years.
I like Andy Dalton. I want Andy Dalton to improve. I’m not suggesting that the team move on from him. And I believe in the theory that QBs have to take their lumps before the get the kind of breakthrough wins that have eluded both Andy and the Bengals to this point.
Maybe the Bengals don’t need their offense to be great. It’d be nice if they’d at least be good. Right now, they’re not.
Look, I know we likely all want to take this out on Marvin Lewis, a man whose playoff record is starting to define him, and I get that wholesale changes are unlikely, and I’m not too overreactionary enough to start cleaning house on the offensive side of the ball. But for as many good things as the Bengals have done these last 24 months, they still cannot score often enough to beat really good teams in really big games.
The offensive personnel must improve. They need a more varied running game. The returning players must get better. And their quarterback, at some point, is going to have to progress to a point where he can carry an offense, and thus a team, in the kind of games that define NFL quarterbacks.
Until that happens, expect both more playoff losses and the frustration that accompanies them, both of which are starting to get very, very, old.