What does new head coach Zac Taylor bring to the table for the Bengals?
With any of these young, offensive-minded coach hires, teams are gambling a bit. At 36 years old, Taylor obviously doesn't have an incredibly extensive résumé, but he does have experience with being involved with a winning organization, the Rams. He was the assistant receivers coach for the Rams in 2017 and quarterback coach in 2018. While he hasn't called plays at the NFL level, we can only assume he knows the Rams offense inside and out, and will hopefully put his own spin on that for the Bengals. The Bengals' roster is much the same as it has been in seasons past, but with Marvin Lewis gone, Bengals fans have cause to be hopeful. It's hard to have a more disheartening season than going 6-10, and I don't think the 2019 Bengals will do it again. With the great offensive pieces they already possess, Taylor will be able to bring the best.
Will the Bengals' offensive line be better in 2019?
Going into the 2018 campaign, the Bengals had high hopes that Cordy Glenn and Billy Price would fix their ailing offensive line. Perspective offers us the ability to see that that was not the case, as Glenn gave up a career-high 36 pressures. On top of that Price's season was cut short with injury. The Bengals went back to the drawing board this offseason and drafted Jonah Williams with the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Williams played at the University of Alabama and has experience at both right and left tackle. His explosive collegiate performance will hopefully, for the Bengals, translate well into the NFL and give Andy Dalton the protection he so desperately needs. With Billy Price coming into the 2019 season fresh, things can only get better. All in all, I expect the Bengals' offensive line to be better than it was last season.
What can we expect from Andy Dalton in 2019?
Dalton is coming off a 2018 in which he had his highest PFF-rated year yet. With a new head coach this year, what can we expect from the eighth-year QB? First off, it's worth noting that Zac Taylor will be calling plays for the Bengals this season. Dalton has never had a head coach as a play caller before. It could be argued that Taylor will be the best play caller Dalton has had since Hue Jackson in 2015. It's easy to forget, but the Bengals do have weapons in A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, when healthy. It'll be exciting to see what Taylor is able to do with Dalton at the helm and a couple of elite targets for him to throw to.