Friday, December 14, 2001


By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Bengals offense closed the 2000 season ranked 29th of 31 NFL in yards gained. It also set a franchise low with 185 points. In the offseason, the Bengals resigned Pro Bowl running back Corey Dillon, brought in a new quarterback in Jon Kitna, a Pro Bowl fullback in Lorenzo Neal, a new left tackle in Richmond Webb and a new offensive coordinator in Bob Bratkowski.

        But after 12 games, the 2001 offense is 27th in yards gained and last in scoring.

        A comparison:

Average total yards (rank)266.3 (29)274.3 (27)
Average passing yards (rank)121.6 (31)174.2 (25)
Average rushing yards (rank)144.6 (2)100.1 (23)
Points per game (rank)11.6 (30)13.6 (31)
First downs per game15.916.6
Possession average27:1328:54
Touchdowns per game1.31.5
Field goals per game(.75)1
Turnovers per game*2.22
Number of times shut out32
Biggest point game31 (Denver, W)31 (Detroit, W)
Dillon rushing average89.777.1
Starting QBsAkili Smith, Scott MitchellKitna
Offensive coordinatorKen AndersonBratkowski
Play callersBruce Coslet, Ken AndersonBratkowski
PhilosophyRun the ballBalanced attack
Big injuryDarnay ScottTony McGee
Injury proneOffensive lineTight end
Reasons for futilityRookie receivers, coach quits, left tackle Rod Jones, Scott lost for seasonNew offense, receivers running wrong routes, new blocking schemes, four tight ends injured
*Includes special teams turnovers

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