Cincinnati Bengals: What Caused Run-Blocking Problems in 2012?

July 6, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Cincinnati Bengals struggled mightily when it came to effectively running the football last season—that should not come as a surprise by any means.
Averaging only 109.1 yards per game on the ground in 2012, the Bengals finished the season ranked 18th overall in the league.
The Bengals are seemingly stacked with above-average offensive linemen—lead by blue-chip tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith. In fact, both of these players received top-10 rankings at the tackle position from Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Even guards Clint Boling and Kevin Zeitler received positive overall grades last season from Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
These players comprise the second best pass-protecting offensive line in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). However, the same players make up the 6th worst run-blocking line in the league (via Pro Football Focus (subscription required)).
So, what gives?

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