The new collection of Bengals coaches and scouts scattered across the grounds of Ladd-Peebles Stadium and gathered at restaurants inside this typically sleepy Southern town for their first public appearance since the largest overhaul of the staff under Marvin Lewis.

It doesn’t take long for those new to the organization to understand what those who’ve been around already know about the 2018 offseason. It all starts with fixing the offensive line.

“We just haven’t gotten to the level we expected,” Marvin Lewis told BX this week. “We have to get better. We have to get better with people. We have to make sure we solidify the thing. There’s no question about it.”

Looking around the league, it’s easy to see the blueprint for a Bengals return to the postseason and attempt to break the playoff win drought. Look at Minnesota. Look at the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints. Reforming and invigorating underachieving or injured lines spurred runs to division titles, and in the case of Mike Zimmer’s Vikings, one step from the first home Super Bowl in history.

The process of figuring out that puzzle began in force with the hire of former Cowboys line coach Frank Pollack, who oversaw one of the most dominating rushing attacks in football the last three seasons with Dallas.