Optimism is quickly fleeing Cincinnati after the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in Paul Brown Stadium. Not only were they defeated by a team that was very beatable, but it was the Bengal’s third consecutive loss. The team now finds themselves 3-4, with only one division win heading into a week 8 bye. Cincinnati’s high hopes for their team, coming off of a playoff berth last season, are fading and the Bengals can only blame themselves.
The team needs a change and that is exactly what Marvin Lewis aims to do during the team’s week off. A personnel switch-up is definitely in order. However, with the needs of the team seeming so great, where should the coaching staff begin?
The truth is, there is a lot of promise on this team. Promise doesn’t win championships, though. It isn’t even winning games for the Bengals. Let’s start with the offense: The team has a lot of great, young receivers. There are small flashes of hope in the running game and Jermaine Gresham has the ability to be named with the Gronk’s and Bennett’s in the NFL. The offensive line has come together and played well, despite little experience or bonding with one another. Even the young quarterback, Andy Dalton, has upside. With all of this hope and promise on the offense, and watching the team put up big numbers in three of their first four games, one would think that the Bengals would be in a much better situation after week seven of play.