The Cincinnati Bengals have depth, talent, and leadership at ever poition.
If there is one thing most teams in the NFL wish they had, it is the combination of depth at every position, organizational grown talent, and leadership at almost every position around the football field. The Bengals are one of very few teams that can say they have so much more.
The Bengals have two starting quarterbacks in Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron. They have three capable tight ends, with Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, and Ryan Hewitt, two very solid running backs in Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. We are only talking about offense.
The talent surrounding both sides of the ball is unmistakable. Players like A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Andy Dalton, Geno Atkins, Vontaze Burfict, Adam Jones, and George Iloka headline a pro bowl caliber roster and leadership core.
The Bengals have never had a core group of guys like this before. Carlos Dunlap was one of the top sack leaders last season with 13.5. Andy Dalton was ranked third among all quarterbacks in the NFL with QBR and passer rating before his injury. Not to mention the leading safety in interceptions, who has since passed the torch to George Iloka, in Reggie Nelson, whose decision to leave for Oakland in the off-season left the door open for their young talent.
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As much fun as we have making articles like Andy Dalton finishing ahead of Ben Roethlisberger in ESPN’s World Fame 100, Dalton had earned everything but a playoff win last season. This season feels different for the Bengals as a team. There is no talk, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, no media circus, like in Cleveland and New England. This team is focused.
The way this core, the team not Cody Core, finished, fans can tell this team knows they deserved more than they got last playoffs. Unfortunately, until they win their first playoff game, it will be a wait and see process. One thing is for sure, this group of players are talented enough to win a Super Bowl.