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Benson says the direction of the offense is frustrating

It sounds like after two games Ced Benson isn’t too happy about the way that the offense is going. He spoke his mind about it on NFL Radio and said the direction is off.

Over the past couple weeks Bengals RB Cedric Benson has wondered why there has been less emphasis with the running game after the team had nine 100-yard games last year, including six by Benson. On Thursday he did it nationally on SIRIUS NFL Radio. Said Benson about the offense’s direction right now: “I don’t know. With all those players and names you brought up (Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham) they’re all, except for one, directly involved in the passing game. So, I mean, if I had to guess, it seems that that’s kind of the route that we’re trying to go, which can be a bit frustrating because we were successful running the football last year and being a power team. Being that type of team got us where we ultimately wanted to be, which was in the playoffs. I don’t know what would be the reason the team would want to change their identity, unless in the past season it didn’t work. But that’s not the case here. And, I mean, I don’t know. I guess whoever’s making those shots, or calling those shots, you got to kind of roll with the punches.” When asked if he had talked to Marvin Lewis or Bob Bratkowski about the offense’s direction, Benson said the only person he has talked to is running backs coach Jim Anderson. When asked what was his take after talking to Anderson about how many carrries he was getting and his role in the offense, Benson added: “It’s just, we do what we’re called. Whatever they call, you know? Just run it.” Benson said before the Baltimore game last week that he hoped the Bengals would lean toward running it more because of their success last year. They did that last week but it the production was inconsistent – decent early, bad in the middle, good near the end.


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