The 2013 Cincinnati Bengals season had so much promise, a talent filled roster, experienced head coach, returning offensive and defensive coordinators, and a quarterback with weapons ready to lead his team to the elusive playoff win that has alluded this franchise for over 20 years.
That’s what was supposed to happen, but that’s not what did happen. As we watched the divisional round of the playoffs closeout, 4 emerged teams and moved closer to the Lombardi trophy.
I couldn’t help but think that each one of these teams had something in common; no one was asking questions about their quarterbacks, each team had their guy and that is what separates good teams from Super Bowl contending teams.
In a couple months optimism will be swirling once again, but certain players will be expected to improve on their 2013 season performances. I won’t beat a dead horse and name Andy Dalton so here are three others that left us wanting more.
Three Players That Were Disappointments In 2013:
WR – Mohammad Sanu
The second year player didn’t have a bad year but he didn’t have the year many expected especially in the touchdowns area. Despite playing in all 16 games, Sanu could only hall in 2 touchdowns passes even though his body type screams red zone threat.
Sanu was also credited with 7 drops on the year, a number that is too high for a guy that was mostly used in the short to intermediate area and was targeted 77 times. Of those 77 targets Sanu could only secure 47 of those pass.
You also can’t ignore the fact that 70% of Marvin Jones catches went for 1st downs as oppose to Sanu’s 59%. Sanu is tough, has skills, and is a nice guy to have on the roster but it was clear this year that the #2 WR job belonged to Marvin Jones.