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    What if Ogbuehi blossoms under Pollack?

    Cedric Ogbuehi making big strides with Frank Pollack’s help


    It sounds like the Bengals’ former first round pick is getting the coaching he needs.

    By Rebecca Toback@Rebecca_Toback Jun 7, 2018, 9:00am EDT



    Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

    What if we told you that Cedric Ogbuehi has been doing great work in Bengals OTAs?

    What if we added that one source who has been around the team since Ogbuehi was drafted believes that the former first round pick is finally looking
    like he could become the player the Bengals thought he would be when the team selected him with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft?


    For Ogbuehi’s first three years in the NFL, there was a lot of hoping and wishing that the former Texas A&M offensive lineman would turn into a
    capable NFL starter. The Bengals tried him at right tackle in 2016 and then left tackle in 2017 and the results were lackluster in both situations. And
    that’s putting it nicely.


    Ogbuehi received a 44.1 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2016 and a 41.0 grade in 2017, which ranked him as the 70th best tackle in the NFL. Guys like Marshall Newhouse and Ereck Flowersranked above Ogbuehi in PFF’s ranking of tackles. That’s how bad the Bengals’ 2015 first round pick has been.


    But according to a source, Ogbuehi has been starting to look like a developed player, “all because of offensive line coach Frank Pollack.”


    Ogbuehi has been practicing at both left and right tackle and while he’s not slated to be a starter at any spot on the Bengals’ offensive line right now,
    he could work himself into that discussion if he continues playing like he has been in pad-less practices.


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    “I’ve never seen him doing some of the things he’s doing. He looks powerful and under control,” the source said.





    Ogbuehi is now in a contract year after the Bengals failed to pick up his fift
    h year option, so while it’s easy to assume he’s now being motivated by money, it also could be the new Bengals’ new offensive line coach at work.


    “He’s getting coached.”


    It’s just June and the Bengals have yet to put on pads, but this is an encouraging sign that Pollack is not only making a difference but that Ogbuehi
    has a chance to still be a serviceable NFL player. At this point, I’m no longer hoping for Ogbuehi to be a starter. Just being an above-average backup would be enough for his final season under contract in Cincinnati.


    Former Bills lineman Cordy Glenn is set to take over at left tackle and Jake Fisher, Bobby Hartand Ogbuehi are competing to take on the starting right

    tackle role. With Pollack in the fold, it’s anyone’s job to win.


    It sounds like Pollack is hitting the right buttons with Ogbuehi and giving him the coaching boost he’s needed since he arrived with a torn ACL in
    Cincinnati. We’ll have to see what happens when the pads come on, but so far so good for Ogbuehi this offseason.





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    Um, even the remote possibility of Pollack making a difference in Ogbuehi enough to salvage him makes me giddy. Screw Paul Alexander.

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    Motivated by money or finally getting quality coaching after crappy Alexander was sent packing a decade too late?

    It's way too soon to argue that not picking up the 5th year option was a mistake, but refusing to do so likely means this story doesn't have a happy ending regardless of how Ogbuehi actually plays.

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    I don't even care. If he actually plays, starts at RT or RG, and makes a positive impact and they can't afford to re-sign him, c'est last vie. I never would have picked up his option, myself. Regardless, if he is finally getting it, thanks to actual coaching, that would be a huge help, even if it's just to back-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    I don't even care. If he actually plays, starts at RT or RG, and makes a positive impact and they can't afford to re-sign him, c'est last vie. I never would have picked up his option, myself. Regardless, if he is finally getting it, thanks to actual coaching, that would be a huge help, even if it's just to back-up.
    I get it. Looking at the big picture if Ogbuehi can contribute anything positive it says plenty about Pollack and the better results the Bengals should get across the entire line in the years to come.

    Smaller picture....because they didn't pick up the 5th year option I think it's probably a case of too little too late. Bengals are probably committed to drafting a new ORT next year regardless of how Ogbuehi, Fisher, or Hart plays.

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    I don't see how you can say anything of significance about an OL before the pads come on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_NC View Post
    I don't see how you can say anything of significance about an OL before the pads come on.
    Significance?

    Hard to know how much weight to give something said by an unidentified source. That said, the fact that any observer is willing to criticize the level of coaching Ogbuehi has gotten prior to this offseason is noteworthy. No surprise the remarks are made in a positive way that praises the job Pollack is doing but I think it's pretty easy to look at the remarks as a backhanded swipe at Alexander's coaching methods. Much deserved IMO.

    Again, because they turned down the 5th year option I suspect it's too little too late when it comes to Ogbuehi himself, but I do think any sign of improvement bodes well for the rebuilding of the entire offensive line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOF View Post
    Significance?

    Hard to know how much weight to give something said by an unidentified source. That said, the fact that any observer is willing to criticize the level of coaching Ogbuehi has gotten prior to this offseason is noteworthy. No surprise the remarks are made in a positive way that praises the job Pollack is doing but I think it's pretty easy to look at the remarks as a backhanded swipe at Alexander's coaching methods. Much deserved IMO.

    Again, because they turned down the 5th year option I suspect it's too little too late when it comes to Ogbuehi himself, but I do think any sign of improvement bodes well for the rebuilding of the entire offensive line.
    Agree that it was a bit of a swipe at Alexander, but not overtly. Hope Ced does get it, and ends up starting or playing a value-added role. He’s got the athletic ability, and if he can anchor better and not have the lapses in focus he seemed to have each game, who knows?

    It’s not like Ced would be commanding a big-a$$ contract after the season. Maybe he’d want a fresh start elsewhere, but I think he’s already getting some of that with a new coach who’s giving all of the OL a clean slate. So, who knows, maybe if he produces this season, they’ll work something out.

    As others have said, let’s put the pads on and see what happens. I will say that I’m a bit surprised that Ced seems to be a beneficiary of Pollack’s approach. I don’t consider him an aggressive, fire-out kinda guy; more of a finesse player, but this new approach could benefit him.

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