What’s the story?
Take heart, Bengals fans; your time has come. Over the past few years the Bengals have consistently increased their talent level and are now considered to have one of the best rosters in football. However, having good players is one thing. Having a team that wins is another. This could be the year that the Bengals make the leap from great talent to great team.
Leader and commander:
Marvin Lewis, who is actually the 2nd-longest tenured coach in the NFL right now at 10 years with the team.
New kid on the block:
Offensively, picking up Tyler Eifert in the draft should do well to solidify the team at tight end. Defensively, the Bengals picked up former Steelers defensive star James Harrison. It’s probably safe to assume that if Harrison played angry as a Steeler, he’ll play a heck of a lot angrier after getting booted by Pittsburgh and picked up by division-rival Bengals.
Last year was…
…disappointing. For the second year in a row, the Bengals met the Texans in the first round of the playoffs. And for the second year in a row, they got shellacked.
When talent transforms into team, the Bengals will be a force to be reckoned with. That could happen this year, and one would hope it would translate into a long awaited playoff win. Until then, they’ll still be sitting pretty in the upper middle of the pack at number 9 in the preseason power rankings.