3 Ways The Bengals Can Step Their Game Up

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Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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3 Ways The Bengals Can Step Their Game Up
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Players Want Rings…Period

Let’s journey in the Wayback Machine to a few moments in time. When Karlos Dansby decided he wanted to be with the Bengals, what was his motivation? Surely, it was the great cuisine offered on the Banks of The Ohio River. No one can resist a cheese coney, Goetta or Graeter’s ice cream, right? Meh. He came because he wanted a ring.

"“This team definitely gives me an opportunity to win it all. For sure this won’t be my last shot trying to win the Super Bowl.”"

When former Bengals linebacker Trevor Roach decided to stay for the 2016 campaign, it was because he thought the Bengals had a legitimate chance at going all the way.

"“I thought we had a chance to win it all, so I came back this year. I talked to my mentor and I told him, ‘I’m going to play again and try to come home with a ring.’”"

When Corey Dillon tossed his pads into the stands and ran screaming from The Jungle, fans were pissed. It was all Corey’s fault. He should have been content with losing. Um, not according to Bill Belichick. He wants players ready to win.

"“They realize how special it is and makes them realize it a little bit more,” Belichick explained. “It is similar to what we had with Corey Dillon when he came from Cincinnati. Randy Moss, when he came from Oakland. Bryan Cox, when he came from Chicago. Guys that weren’t with great teams and had success here and they brought an energy to the team that from a veteran player was unique and special.”"

Still hate The Hoodie for recognizing players who are hungry for a ring? See the talent, get the talent.

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