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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Morning Stripes: Bengals search for offense

By Coley Harvey

As was indicated in Wednesday's Morning Stripes, there has been a shift in the coverage of Cincinnati Bengals storylines this week.

It's not that those of us on the Bengals beat have run out of ways to describe the positives from the defense's performance in Sunday's 13-6 win over the Patriots. It's more that we're still trying to find that right balance between sharing stories that pertain to offense, defense and special teams. (For the record, we'll have  a special-teams story later Thursday on the Bengals blog. Get excited -- we're giving the ball to all of our playmakers this week.)

All of that is to say that the tides of coverage have finally turned toward the aforementioned Bengals offense.

While pleased that Cincinnati notched a win against a defense that's difficult to prepare for, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wasn't too happy after the game about points he felt the unit left on the field. His players weren't pleased, either, knowing that with the talent they have, the production has to be greater.

The lack of a true offensive identity caused one of the guys covering the Bengals to stop and think about what Cincinnati ought to do in order to create one. His thought? Ditch the wide-open pass and run the ball more. You do that, and you might just follow the recipe for Super Bowl success ...

Here are the Morning Stripes to better explain: