The 2016 Cincinnati Bengals suffered their first losing season in six years. Recent success has been good. But, the bottom line is the Super Bowl.
The NFL offseason is officially upon us. Super Bowl parties have left fans both giddy and frustrated. But, for Bengals fans, the anticipation never ends. With the Atlanta Falcons making their way to the Big Dance, there should be room for the Bengals at the table. A.J. Green let his feelings be known on free agency and the draft. Now, it’s time for owner Mike Brown to hear his players’ pleas.
Getting to the Super Bowl is every player’s fantasy. Seeing their favorite team run from the tunnel in the big game is every fan’s dream. But, what’s holding the Bengals back? Cincinnati has made two trips to the Championship game. But, those runs were made in the 80’s. In essence, twenty-seven years have passed since the Bengals had a chance to hoist a Lombardi. The blueprint is there. It just needs to be put into play.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was able to guide Atlanta to the Super Bowl in his second year at the helm. The turnaround was surprising and seemingly complete. They did it with a high-scoring offense and a defense that played lights out when necessary. They went to free agency and got the pieces that would get the team over the hump. Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu were talented additions that delivered in their first season.
The most important thing to remember? Experts didn’t pick the Falcons to be in contention for the Silver Trophy. And this year, the Bengals are a longshot.