Stacked Offense Missing One Role

By Marc Hardin

Fox Sports Ohio/Bengals Insider
September 1st, 2010

Fullbackless in Cincinnati?

It’s a possibility.

Fui on the Bengals?

Iffy. Vakapuna hasn’t played a down this preseason. Bad wing.

Plan B? Brian Leonard. Status: Also hurt. Bad wheel.

Plan C? Joe Tronzo. Status: Rookie free agent making a valiant bid to swap helmet paint come September 12.

Plan D? Linebacker Dan Skuta. Status: Former college fullback.

Plan E? Would you believe a back to the future moment?

Dan Coats, otherwise known as the backup-backup-backup-backup plan at fullback, please come on down. You can’t catch, but you can block, sir. And you’re big. That’ll do. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Is it possible that the Bengals might not have a true fullback in the offense? The question was posed to head coach Marvin Lewis on Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium, five days ahead of Saturday’s cut down to 53 players.

“There is a possibility, yes,” Lewis said. “Maybe we