Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski talk about the group’s choice to fireside offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and promote quarterbacks coach Invoice Lazor.
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Bengals Xtra is a weekly column from beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski, wanting behind the scenes of Bengals soccer.

Earlier than the Bengals ever kicked off their disastrous opening week on the sector, the efficiency off the sector illustrated a regarding development.

The Bengals and their followers aren’t on the perfect phrases.

Such a reality was obvious within the banks of empty seats at Paul Brown Stadium this previous week for the house opener towards Baltimore and Thursday night time recreation towards Houston.

On Sunday, the Bengals drew fifty five,254, the smallest crowd for a house opener because the mass season ticket holder exodus following the 2010 season and the second smallest residence opener crowd within the Marvin Lewis Period.

The primary primetime recreation of the yr despatched the quantity spiraling deeper, with solely fifty two,942 watching the Bengals’ loss. Capability of PBS is sixty five,515. 

The eighty four % capability for the opener for tickets distributed ranked because the smallest quantity for the 15 venues throughout the NFL – not counting the LA Rams, who’ve a totally totally different set of circumstances within the LA Coliseum.

Each workforce besides Washington (86 %) crammed greater than ninety % of their stadium, based on NFL recreation ebook attendance figures.

Thursday was the worst attended Bengals recreation since 2011. If extra followers do not present up, this might find yourself the second worst attended season in stadium historical past. 

These figures on their face are regarding sufficient. The yr after a group struglges to win will sometimes see a little bit of a falloff. The consequences of the disappointing 6-9-1 season of 2016 are at play right here. 

However the disappointment in attendance goes deeper.

This was an offseason the Bengals purposely attacked a number of areas that followers typically complain about. They went all-in on honoring previous gamers with their fiftieth season marketing campaign, even bringing again legends for each recreation. The workforce was seen locally with their 50 emblem across the Tri-State. They petitioned the league to lastly give them a house opener for the primary time since 2009. They chose talent place playmakers John Ross and Joe Mixon early within the draft.