Limitations of Bengals' passing game show up in loss to Jets

Posted Jan. 10, 2010 @ 1:37 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Bengals have many passing-game issues to ponder as their offseason begins. For starters, it's very clear they need a receiver who can stretch the field opposite of Chad Ochocinco. A capable deep threat would allow the Bengals to take advantage of teams stacking the line of scrimmage to stop the run, and it would also relieve some of the burden on Ochocinco, their top receiver and the focus of opposing secondaries. However, adding just one receiver might not be enough. Ochocinco and Laveranues Coles, the starting wideouts in 2009, are both 32 years old, and Coles wasn't nearly as effective as expected in his first season in Cincinnati. Andre Caldwell, the club's third receiver, averaged a paltry 8.5 yards on 51 catches in the regular season. A pass-catching threat at tight end is also needed; perhaps Chase Coffman, who ended his rookie season on injured reserve because of an ankle injury, will fill this role in 2010. In all, the pressure will be on the passing game to make big strides next season, and that includes QB Carson Palmer, who completed just 18-of-36 passes for 146 yards with one TD and one interception in the wild-card loss to the Jets.


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