Cincinanti Bengals: 3 years comes down to 3 hours

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Apr 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis address the media at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Three years ago, Marvin Lewis held a press conference that no one saw coming. Carson Palmer, the Cincinnati Bengals franchise quarterback decided he no longer wants to be in orange and black and is requesting a trade. This stunned Bengaldom and the NFL.

As for Bengals fans, this was the proverbial cherry on top, of several years of disappointment and dysfunction. Since that moment, the Cincinnati Bengals have a 30-18 regular season record and an impressive 8-0 record at home during this 2013 season. Also, stemming from the Palmer trade, are first round corner back Dre Kirkpatrick, and Pepsi Rookie of the Year nominee Giovani Bernard.

Everything the Bengals have done since the Palmer trade are marks of organizational excellence. Examples include drafting very extremely well, not overpaying for free agents, and retaining a marquee coaching staff. All of these things combined need to translate to post season wins.