August 20, 2014

Bengals O-Line: Fifth Best?

Anthony Collins has played well enough to deserve a bigger role on the Bengals front line.

Can you believe the Bengals offensive line might be the fifth-best in the entire league?

According to the folks at ProFootballFocus, they are. Even though the Bengals as a team tanked in 2010, PFF believes the line graded out rather well. Maybe they’re better than I believe, but there are still plenty of areas for improvement, including penalties and some aspects of pass protection.

The Bengals were too often a pass-first team in 2010 and that didn’t play to the strengths of the offensive line. New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is on record as saying he would prefer more of a run-based attack this season and that should help the offensive line. I also think some of the coaches could improve on talent evaluation, getting the best linemen on the field. Anthony Collins performed very well in limited action and is deserving of a bigger role. I think he could be a good fit as a starter at right tackle and I wouldn’t mind seeing Andre Smith at left guard.

But I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for either one to happen.

Click the image to see the rankings from ProFootballFocus