Heading into the season, the Cincinnati Bengals have been seen as not solely the most effective groups within the AFC, however a stylish Tremendous Bowl decide as nicely. Protected to say in the course of the first 4 weeks of the season, the Bengals haven’t lived as much as their billing. Cincinnati is 1-3, and the offense is struggling for solutions after a disheartening 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
After the loss on Sunday, Bengals celebrity WR Ja’Marr Chase spoke in regards to the lack of offensive manufacturing, particularly surrounding QB Joe Burrow’s calf. Burrow suffered a calf pressure in the course of the preseason that could be very clearly hampering his capability to play, and it’s snowballing the offense and Chase’s manufacturing.
When requested in regards to the harm and the offense, Chase talked about that he is aware of how Burrow is fighting the harm, but in addition made positive to make one factor clear, when requested in regards to the issue to create separation now in comparison with earlier seasons:
A minute of Ja’Marr Chase post-game media session in Tennessee.
Q: Do you are feeling like you might have much less time to get open or create area?
A: “No. I am open. I am at all times f***ing open. Excuse my profanity.” pic.twitter.com/mD2HhdVk2T
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 1, 2023
Now this isn’t a traditional “throw me the ball I’m at all times open” factor that causes controversy amongst budding offenses. It appears extra like Chase is reiterating that although the offense is struggling, he’s at all times open, which means they’ll flip it round at any time. Within the Tennessee sport, Chase led the staff in targets with 9 and had seven catches for 73 yards, however the lack of explosion within the passing sport is stark in comparison with earlier Bengals offenses.
No matter the issue is, the Bengals must determine it out quickly. Being 1-3, and 0-2 within the division is a poor strategy to begin the season, and it drastically hampers their playoff possibilities early. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see what adjustments.