One thing is certain when it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals, they can put up big offensive numbers.
Brian Callahan was hired as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in 2019, the same year head coach Zac Taylor came on board.
After the Bengals finished 26th and 29th in total offense in Callahan’s for two years, Callahan has turned the Bengals into one of the more dangerous offenses league-wide.
Last week, Callahan said something that displayed massive confidence in what the Bengals can do offensively going forward.
“I think we are capable of being a top-five offense of every category,” said Callahan.
The Bengals came close in several categories last season.
They were eighth in total offense, seventh in points per game, and seventh in passing yards per game (Joe Burrow was fifth individually). However, they were 28th in rushing yards per game so major work needs to be done there.
Cincinnati undoubtedly has the right ingredients to cook this dish.
Joe Burrow has established himself as a top-five player at the quarterback position, and many see Ja’Marr Chase in that same light when comes to wide receivers after over 2,500 yards and 22 touchdowns in his first two seasons despite missing five games.
Along with Chase, the Bengals have Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd at wide receiver. Higgins has produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and is one of the better WR2s in the NFL.
Boyd is in a contract season, but he’ll still provide a solid third option in the passing game in 2023.
Running Joe Mixon may end up leaving the team if a contract restructure isn’t reached so the running game may be affected quite a bit.
If he is back, and the Bengals’ offense steps up their game in terms of running blocking, who knows where they could be ranked next season, especially considering Mixon does have a bunch of talent.
Under Callahan’s leadership, the Bengals’ offense has steadily improved over the last two years. So, an uptick next season wouldn’t be surprising.