What to expect from Cincinnati’s offense with Gino Guidugli as offensive coordinator – The Athletic

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CINCINNATI — In many ways, Gino Guidugli’s promotion to Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator was more of a destination than a fresh start.

“Was it difficult for me to wait my turn? No,” Guidugli said last week. “I thought we had a great attacking staff, we worked really well together, we won a lot of games. At the end of the day, that’s why we get into it, to help the kids and to win. We did all of these things. I felt like I had feedback, and like (head coach Luke) Fickell said, when I took the job here, there was a plan from day one, and I I trusted him that he would follow him. And when the opportunity arose, he did.

Fickell described Guidugli’s elevation to OC as “the plan and the process for a long time”, with Guidugli’s role on the offense constantly evolving during his five seasons as a post coach for the Bearcats. He added the passing game coordinator title ahead of the 2020 season and (quietly) took over play-calling duties last year.

Formally taking over as coordinator won’t trigger a meaningful transition period or an overhaul of Cincinnati’s offense, but Guidugli will have more complete control of the philosophy and game plan. And combined with the drain of talent to skill positions on last year’s roster, there will be necessary adjustments and personnel changes.

Guidugli gave some insight into what that could look like when he spoke to the media last week, including the all-important (and suddenly more compelling) quarterback prospects.