Found January 14, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:

As the Cincinnati Bengals season wore on, they got away from giving the ball to running back Cedric Benson the way they did last season.

The Bengals decided to use more of Bernard Scott in the running game,  which ended up taking away carries from Benson.  They also aired the ball out more due to the success of quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green.

Right now Benson isn’t sure if he’ll be back with the Bengals next season.

“I don’t know what the future’s going to hold. You never know going into being a free agent, things like that,” said Benson.  I don’t have any closed doors, so we’ll see what the future holds.

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden admitted that it was difficult splitting the carries between Scott and Benson.

“From a consistency standpoint you’d like to get Bernard more carries, more touches and Cedric has earned the right to be a feature back in this offense the last couple of years,” Gruden said. “The more you give it to Bernard the more you’ve got Cedric over there scratching his head and not real happy. Really, to me, on a good football team nobody should worry about who’s scoring or who’s getting the ball so long as the team is moving.”

“As many times as we ran it and as (few) big plays we had, it’s a major area to try to improve on,” Gruden said.

Benson wasn’t a big fan of the offensive changes.

“I wasn’t a big fan of it. Granted I don’t make those decisions or calls and I have to find a way to make it work. It was something they started soon after the first game. There was a vision where they saw the offense going. I may not like it or agree with it but I’ll make it work if given the opportunity.”

As unhappy as Benson currently is,  he has to admit that his NFL career wasn’t going anywhere until signed with the Bengals.  He was labeled a bust after being drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft by the Bears.  Once he came to Cincy,  he became a premier NFL running back.




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