If you’re familiar with the AFC North, you have probably heard of the “Steelers Way.” But with the Bengals becoming more successful, have they established the “Bengals Way”?
The Cincinnati Bengals showed something that a lot of us haven’t seen, or can’t remember, resiliency. It started with a week five improbable comeback against the Seattle Seahawks and finished with a 12-4 record, led by a backup quarterback and AFC North crown.
The never give up mentality the Bengals showed last season proved that this organization has a new look, a better one. It all came to a peak in the Wildcard game when the Bengals fought until the end but a wild finish was the only difference. It seems like this team is hungry for more and won’t let anything get in the way.
The Bengals will need to find more though, if they seek continued success in the regular season. Eventually, they’ll get over the playoff hump. They lost a few key players in the off-season. But like any good team, they found two very capable players to fill their spots. They also found depth and talent in positions they felt they could improve in.
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So, the Bengals Way is about resilience and never giving up. But, much more has surfaced in the past month. They have been focused. How dialed in are they? They haven’t let recent comments by the Steelers take away from the progress they have made in OTA’s and mini-camp. They aren’t worried about Vontaze Burfict‘s suspension.
The Bengals Way is something fresh and new. It is exciting and something that can carry this team to the next level. If the Bengals play the same type of football they did last season, this team could potentially be unstoppable. This Bengals identity is something we haven’t seen from them since the 80’s. It’s something that could push them over the edge. The Bengals Way, for once, is a winning one.