After the Cincinnati Bengals were able to re-sign defensive Carlos Dunlap to a 6-year deal yesterday, they further strengthened their core of young and talented players on both sides of the ball.
On offense, A.J. Green, Andy dalton, Jermaine Gresham, Mohamed Sanu, Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert lead an electrifying group of skill players all under the age of 26.
On defense, Dunlap highlights a group of 11 players who started games for last year’s 6th-ranked overall defense and return this season. Led by All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins, they figure to be among the NFL’s elite defenses once again, and given the amount of talent on both sides of the ball, the so-called “experts” are now clamoring the Bengals are among the NFL’s best:
Bengals are loaded. Have as much talent as any team in the league — SF included. QB is on the spot.
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) July 15, 2013
While it’s nice in theory, it’s tough to call a team “loaded”, when they’ve won no more than 10 games since the 2005 NFL season, and haven’t won a playoff game in two decades:
That’s the mentality every Bengals player needs to continue having if they do want to ascend in the AFC and become a legitimate threat to win the Super Bowl.