Gresh & Zo’s 2014 NFL Summer School: Cincinnati Bengals
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s not your typical classroom. They’re not your typical teachers. It’s where you go after failing all year. It’s Gresh and Zo’s NFL Summer School on 98.5 The Sports Hub!
Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak’s summer school tour rolls on and closes out the AFC North, where the guys educate us all and preview the 2014 season for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Not a lot went down for the Bengals this offseason in terms of free agency, but one player that will provide a huge boost to the team will be first round draft pick Darqueze Dennard (24th overall). The Bengals also drafted Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron in round five.
Perhaps the biggest changes to the team came in their coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden left to take the head job in Washington, and Hue Jackson will now be the chief play caller. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is now the head coach in Minnesota and assistant Paul Guenther was promoted into the DC role.
Gresh: “I don’t worry about their defense because they have a defensive-minded head coach. Worst case scenario if things aren’t going well, Marvin Lewis has proven to be an excellent defensive coordinator. They’ve really invested a lot of money in the back end of their secondary and I don’t know if they have enough depth in the front seven. They are like the Patriots in that their linebacker depth is a little weak for my liking. Offensively they have a chance to be really, really good. I’m not crazy about Andy Dalton, but I think Gio Bernard is ready to add something special to that offense. They’ve done a good job adding depth, but I don’t think they’ve added a home run player this offseason.”
Tanguay: “I don’t believe in the quarterback. He seems like a nice chap and I’ve heard great things about him. But he gets into these big moments and [farting noise]. Until he proves he can put the team on his shoulders I’m not buying into the Bengals.”
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The Bengals are searching for their first playoff win since 1990. Will the Bengals be the same this year as year’s past? That is, good regular season, early first round playoff exit?
Tanguay: “I just don’t believe in the quarterback. I think he’s got a little bit of Tony Romo in him. How many turnovers did he have in the playoffs in that game? You can’t make those mistakes.”
Gresh: “They’ll get a home game. Their division is better than people think. They have confidence this year. They have a core group of guys that have been there and they’ve spent their money on the core guys. That confidence could make them better.”
Andy Dalton was fifth among fantasy quarterbacks last year. Do you draft him ahead of Tom Brady?
Tanguay: “No. And I don’t know anything about fantasy.”
Gresh: “I would not. Dalton is a roller coaster like you’ve never seen. Tom Brady is relatively consistent. I don’t think Tom Brady’s drop is as big as Andy Dalton’s drop in fantasy.”
Does Giovani Bernard break out and become an elite fantasy back this year?
Gresh: “I can’t go elite but he’s right there. He’s going to have a big year. I’m talking 1,200 yards rushing and maybe 500 receiving if he can stay healthy. He’s a dual threat guy who’s got quicks and can make people miss.”
How many receivers would you take in your fantasy draft before A.J. Green?
Gresh: “He’s a top five guy.”
Tanguay: “Three or four.”
Last year’s Bengals went 11-5. The year before that? 10-6. Vegas has set the 2014 over/under at 9.5 wins. Over or under, and do they make the playoffs?
Gresh: “Hit me. I do think they are in the playoffs and they are over 9.5. They’ll go 10-6 and get in.”
Tanguay: “I think they go over and lose the first game of the playoffs.”
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