Cincinnati Bengals Offseason: Looking at What’s Next

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) wait for a call to be reviewed during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl week is here, and once again, the Cincinnati Bengals offseason is revving up as players and coaches are sitting at home. It’s interesting to think during media day what they might have asked Marvin Lewis and the Bengals.

Maybe they would ask about Lewis’s days as a defensive coordinator in Baltimore, or maybe Vontaze Burfict’s improbable story of how he even got to New York City.

Instead, those types of questions get to go to the two top seeds in football, the Seattle Seahawks from the NFC West and the Denver Broncos from the AFC West.

Lots of fans thought the Cincinnati Bengals really had a chance at being in New York this week to play in the Super Bowl, but instead lost in the first round of the playoffs. This begs the question, what’s next for Coach Lewis and the Bengals?

First thing first, the offense needs to develop some sort of identity. Not once this season did the Bengals make it known what kind of offensive team they were. Yes, they went 11-5 and won the AFC North by 2.5 games.

This is very impressive, especially in such a tough, physical division.

There were so many games in there though, where fans were left scratching their heads desiring more. Examples include, Week 1 versus Chicago, Week 2 at Cleveland, the Thursday Night disaster versus Miami, the Hail Mary game versus Baltimore, and of course, the playoff debacle versus San Diego.

Here are what the Bengals will be looking to fix this offseason and improve significantly on by the time the 2014 season opens.

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