Once again we are forced to repeat, “Well, there’s always next year” a motto spoken after every season as a Cincinnati Bengals fan. This one hurts, and in my opinion undoes some of the good that has been done the last three years.
The new Bengals who had become consistent playoff participants are now the under achieving Bengals and annual 1st-round playoff exits. Every team will look forward to playoff matchups with the Bengals until they finally win one and should they get a home playoff game next year good luck with the sellout.
The reality is the window in the NFL is not open for long unless you have a Manning, Brady, Brees, or Rogers. Small market teams like the Bengals have to seize the moment when it is presented.
In my preview piece before the San Diego game I named one coach/player who had to step up and that was Marvin Lewis. But he didn’t have his team ready to play and extended his and the Bengals playoff win drought.
A drought that may never end under his leadership, Lewis has done some good things here, but his 0-5 playoff has put him on the hot seat going into the last year of his contract.
Let’s take a look at who failed to step up in the most crucial game of the year against the Chargers: