No. 2: The Offensive Line Should Be Better
The offensive line signed Orlando Brown Jr. this offseason, a move that had a slew of ramifications in the fallout. First, the Bengals sniped Brown Jr. away from the rival Chiefs. Next, the gargantuan tackle is slated to start at left tackle, which pushes former blindside starter Jonah Williams to the right side.
Williams was initially upset by this acquisition and position change, but word out of Cincinnati says he will not be traded this offseason. Assuming the two sides mend fences, at least for the 2023 season, it gives Burrow an impressive bookend of tackles to operate behind.
Furthermore, Cordell Volson will be even better in Year 2 as he settles into the guard position full-time. Veterans Ted Karras and Alex Cappa provide more leadership and stability along the line — assuming the injury bug doesn’t rear its ugly head during the season.
It is a night and day difference looking at the 2023 starting lineup in comparison to the 2020 lineup. A clean quarterback is a happy quarterback; Burrow shouldn’t have many stains on his all-white jerseys this year.