Bengals Should Have Attitude All Year

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Aug 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass after being hit by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw (26) as Geno Atkins (97) tries to block the pass during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass after being hit by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw (26) as Geno Atkins (97) tries to block the pass during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Bengals will have more than enough attitude. It should spill over and result in a playoff victory.

Can you smell it? Is the slight aroma of pigskin wafting into your nostrils, making you salivate for tailgating? The 2016 NFL season is around the corner. OTAs for the Bengals are set for May 24th. With that in mind, there will be a few players with agendas. Football is a game of emotion and desire. Wins and losses are driven by the iron warriors on the field. This year, the Bengals will have their share of players with attitude.

When Karlos Dansby was released by the Cleveland Browns, there was an element of surprise. But, what was truly surprising is the situation that followed. Dansby wanted to continue his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He didn’t want to get a paycheck and ride off into the sunset. He had no desire to sip pina coladas on the sun drenched shores of Miami.

Dansby wants to win a ring. His attitude comes from the pain of being released by Cleveland. He’s ready to rip off heads and take names later. In other words, “Hulk SMASH!” He gave a quaint reminder of his mission, per ESPN. He understands he’s now playing for a Super Bowl contender.

"“I felt I could come here and help us get over that hump. I want to be part of something great. These guys are playing great defense. I haven’t been around this much talent in a long time. I just want to surround myself with a lot of talent one time and see how it will pan out. I think it will pan out great.”"

The Bengals may not be one of the “greatest” teams in the history of gridiron warfare, but they are a consistent playoff contender. That consistency will eventually lead them back to the Big Dance and a Lombardi.

The Bengals will be pleasantly surprised, with the play of Andrew Billings. He has a chip perfectly placed on his shoulder. Domata Peko is the incumbent at nose tackle. As Billings watches and learns, he’ll soon be eating Steelers as appetizers. Bengals fans won’t lose the intensity, when Peko and Billings are subbed.

What’s the deal with Billings? His slide in the draft was infuriating. If Bengals brass thought Geno Atkins had something to prove, wait until they get a load of The Beast from Baylor. Somehow, the superhero themes keep popping up. The reason for his rage will supply Bengals faithful with the wow factor.

If that’s not enough to get the stripes vibrating, there’s always the permanent attitude of Adam Jones. He’s ready to dance in the confetti and hoist that silver trophy. It’s not a tumor nor is it a Grammy. But, at the end of the season, the Bengals have a good chance of winning one.

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