December of ’10 one to remember in ’11

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on June 23, 2011 – 5:32 pm

One of the many things that new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has to do is turn around the trend that has seen the Bengals struggle for points in the second halves of games and the second halves of seasons for the last several years.

A little blast for early summer.

Gruden can get a lift from that last month of 2010, when the Bengals’ leading receivers were the young guns that sparked them to their first two 30-point plus games in December for the first time since 2005 and their highest scoring December since 2007.

Finishing has been elusive despite some high-wire acts under quarterback Carson Palmer. In his six full seasons as the starter, the Bengals averaged 11 points fewer coming out of the locker room at halftime compared to the numbers they had in the first half. Plus, in Palmer’s 27 December-January starts (not counting the injury-shortened 2005 Wild Card Game), the Bengals have averaged 20.5 points per game. In his 71 starts played before December, it is 22.8 points per game.

But in Palmer’s first three seasons, they averaged 24.5 points in his December starts compared to 17.8 in his most recent three seasons. Overall, in Palmer’s first 45 regular-season starts from 2004 to 2006, the Bengals averaged 24 points per game and were continually ranked among the league’s offensive elite. In his last 52, it is 20.6.

Did defenses figure out the offense? Personnel? Foes? His injuries?

The weather?

This past December with the kids, the Bengals put up their 30-spots against top four defenses (No. 1 Chargers, No. 4 Saints) in Paul Brown Stadium games that were played in less than ideal conditions. The 34-30 loss to the Saints was played in a wind that made it feel like 23 degrees and they beat the Chargers in swirling 15-to- 20 mile-per-hour winds that made it feel like 17 degrees.

What’s it all mean?

Ride the winds of December and finish.

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5 Responses to “December of ’10 one to remember in ’11”

  1. By kaptkurt on Jun 24, 2011 | Reply

    Your comment about 11 points fewer in the second half to me is the biggest reason Brat is gone and why fans are so frustrated. That sentence tells me we can’t effectively adjust to the adjustments defenses are making at halftime. I hope Gruden can be more effective.

  2. By wnyjoe on Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s my theory. The best and most successful offenses in the NFL over the most recent history all have the same thing in common. They use everybody on their team. All 5 WRs, 3 RBs, 3 TEs. Let’s look at the Saints and Packers (last 2 Champs, both high powered offenses). The Saints and Packers rotate all of their skills players throughout the game and in different situations. My point is, the Bengals have never been successful getting their young guys more playing time or creating sub-packages for guys with unique skill sets. The offense was supposedly complex under Brat, so maybe it wasn’t worth the risk to sub their starters for backups. Whatever it was, the offense looked like it wore down in 2nd half of games and especially in the 2nd half of seasons. As you could see in the final games of 2010, the young guys were fresh and ready to go. We need to see more rotation of all of our players.

  3. By wnyjoe on Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    The Saints and Packers rotate WRs, RBs and TEs regardless of overall skill or salary. They just create packages to use the player’s unique skills to their advantage. B.Scott needs more touches. Coffman needs to see time in different formations. I want Green, Simpson, Caldwell, Shipley and Chad (if he’s on the team) to rotate and get about 30-40 snaps each a game. Then hopefully Whalen and Cosby can contribute some. Keep everybody fresh. This is something the old Bengals didn’t do. Chad and (TJ, T.O. Coles) took 85% of the starting snaps. The only time we saw some variation is when Henry came in and TJ slid inside. Kelley Washington was never used. Same with Caldwell in 08 & 10. We need to see our 4th & 5th WRs along with the 3rd RB & TE because they actually do have unique skills.

  4. By mwindle1973 on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think it’s simple. The aim of this offense was always very similar to Pittsburgh. Or a lot of successful teams for that matter. It was to put up the points to get a sizable lead then run the clock out. Back when Rudi Johnson was running for us, he simply was not the kind of back that could run like that. You couldn’t just hand him the ball 6 times in a row late in a game and get the 1st down yardage. We also didn’t have the type of D that could hold teams down when a lead was present. They folded quickly once teams got aggressive. Since we have had Benson who can produce positive yardage on most every play. And a D that can hold teams down late in games. We have had a terrible passing attack that couldn’t produce the leads of the past. It seems simple, teams that finish in this league have 3 things. The ability to run when in the lead, the ability to play great D when in the lead, and the ability to get the lead in the first place. So far we can only put 2 of those attributes together at any one time

  5. By kingbengal on Jul 6, 2011 | Reply

    The Bengal’s are BACK ! Drafting Jay Finley and Dalton and A.J Green with that solid young core. They will win 10 or more game’s this year in that rough AFC north. This also should make BENSON very happy and resign. along with Lenoard. FINALLY A THREE headed monster in CINCY! This is all DALTON need’s to be A complete SUCCESS! they added dept on the O-LINE in the draft and BIG Smith HEALTHY! Cauldwell in shape with Simpson and Shiply and Gresham and Crosby we are stack with TALENTED wide-out’s. THE Future LOOK’S Brite in Cincy. Oh yea TRADE CHAD to a winning Team or release him.

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