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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thought of the Day: Bengals' offense

By James Walker
ESPN.com

One of our AFC North community's favorite pastimes is to criticize offensive coordinators. So in this week's "Thought of the Day," we want Cincinnati Bengals fans to take the role of Bob Bratkowski.

In running the Bengals' offense, should Cincinnati be a run-first team or a pass-first team in 2010? This is a question Marvin Lewis, Bratkowski & Co. can't seem to figure out through the first four games.

Despite talent such as tailback Cedric Benson, receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens and first-round tight end Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals lack an offensive identity. Last year, they ran their way to a division title. But now they seem confused on their mission offensively game to game, half to half and sometimes quarter to quarter.

The lack of identity and cohesion are major reasons the Bengals are 2-2 and one of the NFL's most unpredictable teams. This season they've already beat the first-place team in the AFC North (Baltimore Ravens) and lost to the last-place team (Cleveland Browns).

The talent is certainly there. So help Lewis and Bratkowski figure out an offensive identity for the remainder of the season. Share your "Thought of the Day" comments below, or send them to our division inbox and AFC North Twitter. We will run the best responses throughout the week.