Stripes Posted October 18, 2011 Report Share Posted October 18, 2011 It's all in the thread title. We're in the excruciating, boring bye week. The Bengals will be scrambling to shore up whatever characteristics of the team they perceive to be weaknesses, as well as they can. What do you think are the team's biggest problems right now, among those which can actually be addressed during an off week (i.e. not glaring roster holes or Mike Brown)?I'd like to see Gruden attempt to incorporate a little of the 2009 style overloaded formations as a means of bolstering the running game. I don't want a ton of it, as too much would neutralize other strengths like the pass-catching tight end(s). Just give me a few plays per game which might set up decent blocking mismatches and aid Cedric who seems to have slowed down a little bit.Investigate our other options for kick/punt returner. Tate has looked a little better over the last two games, so this isn't as important to me as it was over the first few. Still, I think we could use an upgrade and there are players on the roster which should be able to at least make a discussion of it. They might hesitant to let Scott return kicks for the injury risk (considering Ced's full season uncertainty), and we've already seen Caldwell mostly suck in that role. What about Andrew Hawkins? He seems to have impressive shiftiness, though I don't know if he has any history returning kicks. Cedric Peerman could be worth a look.Give Brandon Johnson nearly all of the time at MLB in practice (probably likely anyways) since it seems clear he's the better of two bad options. Rey's injury looks like one that could linger and frustrate, and Skuta is definitely not the answer. I can only imagine the slaughter we'll suffer in division games both against tight ends in the receiving game and in the running game if he starts again.More Bernard. More Leonard. Bernard has been inconsistent running the ball, both at his own fault and because of the line's problems. Still, his skillset makes him a big play threat on most of his touches. I don't care if Ced complains about it, and honestly I don't think he will unless the Bengals start losing constantly. Leonard is obviously a fan favorite because of his third and fourth down heroics, but I want to see his role expanded some. He's a secret weapon, defenses aren't likely to gameplan specifically for him at any point until the Bengals give them a reason to. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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