Bengals look back in frustration

Bengals look back in frustration
October 1, 2013, 10:15 pm
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In Cincinnati, the Bengals are doing some soul-searching after their 17-6 loss to the Browns on Sunday. Especially when it comes to the offense.

“Problem is right now we aren't doing anything exceptionally well,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We are not throwing the ball exceptionally well. We aren't running the ball exceptionally well.

“People say, ‘Run the ball,’ well, we will run the ball more when we get more than 3 yards. [They averaged 3.2 against Cleveland.] We got to do something good. We are a jack of all trades master of none right now.”

Against Cleveland, the Bengals abandoned the rushing attack in the second half, throwing on 28 of 35 plays. And quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t lighting it up. He finished 23 of 42 for 206 yards with an interception.

Defenses obviously have figured out that Cincinnati is going to target wide receiver A.J. Green — he’s been thrown to 50 times, second in the NFL — and have concentrated on stopping him. His per-catch average is a stingy 8.1 yards.

“We're going to try to take some shots and maybe we took too many with him and I got a little heavy-sided with A.J.,” Gruden said, “but it's something that when the game is over, you don't want to look back and say, ‘I wish we'd have given A.J. more shots.’ So hindsight, we probably should have A, run the ball a little more and B, maybe worked the other side a little bit more.”

Next up, the unbeaten Patriots. The Bengals will definitely need to figure something out.