CINCINNATI — The Bengals brought in free agency Riley Reiff to beef up their offensive line. They also re-signed veteran guard Quinton Spain.
Despite both additions, it's clear that they're going to add multiple linemen in the draft.
The biggest change to the trenches might not be one singular player, even if they use the fifth overall pick on Oregon offensive linemen Penei Sewell.
Former NFL head coach Jim Mora believes offensive line coach Frank Pollack is going to make a big difference in 2021 and beyond.
"Frank's awesome. When I was coaching the 49ers he played for us. I've known Frank for a long time. He's going to do a great job," Jim Mora Jr. said in a sit down with AllBengals. "He coaches from the perspective of the player. He played the position. He played at a high level. He understands how to coach the player from a player's perspective. I think he's a great addition."
No one was more excited about the Bengals re-hiring Pollack than running back Joe Mixon, who ran for a career-high 4.9 yards-per-carry in 2018—Pollack's lone season in Cincinnati.
Even star quarterback Joe Burrow—who hasn't been coached by Pollack—was a fan of the hire. Mora believes the Bengals' line has a chance to come together and be the best it's been in years.
"If you're dysfunctional on the offensive line, that's a reflection of coaching in my opinion. That group should be able to function if you've got adequate players," Mora said. "You can get five guys if they work together well, if they communicate well, if they're fundamentally sound. They don't have to be the best players in the NFL to give your quarterback the time, to open up some holes. It's all about outsmarting people. Not making mistakes, not making mental errors, staying in position, being fundamentally sound, helping each other, communicating."
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The Bengals' line looks a lot different than in did in 2018. Jonah Williams is the starting left tackle. Reiff is much better than what they had on the right side. This unit could become functional with another move or two in the draft.
Watch our entire conversation with Mora below.
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