The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a terrible start. They are 0-2 and have not scored a single touchdown in two home games, and because of their poor offensive play, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese on Friday and replaced him with Bill Lazor, who was the team’s QB coach.
Who’s to blame for this mess? Former Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh gave his thoughts on the Bengals offensive woes:
“I’ve always been a believer that quarterbacks get way too much blame when things go bad, but they get way too much credit when things are going great. If we’re going to hold everybody accountable, and that’s the case, you gotta look at Andy Dalton,” Houshmandzadeh told TMZ Sports. “You have to look at Andy Dalton because yesterday (against Texans) in the game Brandon LaFell is wide open for a touchdown and he missed him; last play of the game (Alex) Erickson did not create any separation, he did not give Andy Dalton a target. Andy Dalton had to make a perfect throw and he didn’t.”
“And you look at the quarterback and say he is not making plays, or is he not comfortable with the play being called. It’s a combination of the coordinator and the quarterback there not on the same page, and Andy Dalton just not getting it done right now,” said Houshmandzadeh.
Because of the changes, Houshmandzadeh believes the pressure is completely on Dalton:
“It’s easier to get rid of a coach mid-season than a starting quarterback. A lot of pressure now is on Andy Dalton to perform, and it doesn’t get any easier because they going to play Green Bay; the next game they go play the Packers, so it does not get any easier. They don’t score points you might be seeing AJ McCarron in the lineup,” Houshmandzadeh said.
If the Bengals don’t fix their issues on offense, both head coach Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton might be elsewhere next season!