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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Deliver When It Matters

Since Marvin Lewis graced the halls of Paul Brown Stadium, the atmosphere has been different. There has definitely been a return to winning football and dedication to obtaining young talent. But, it means squat without something to show for the years of effort. Simply put, Lewis has to feel the urgency. It’s no longer acceptable for him to walk the sidelines and collect empty victories.

Lewis has the most wins of any coach in Bengals history (118) but is clueless in the postseason. If success is determined by what’s done after Week 17, then Marvelous Marv isn’t even close. Having an 0-7 record puts him on par with the founder…Paul Brown (0-3). Maybe that’s why Brown is reluctant to let him go. He sees the potential (ugh, that’s a nasty word).

Next: Fixing The Linebacker Situation

Fans are tired of the same results. The one-and-done routine has played its last tune. Either Lewis makes it look easy this year or the natives will revolt on Fountain Square. Brown and Lewis are dealing with a fan base that has become numb to the constant excuses. Sure, it’s great to see 11-5 or 12-4 as the final record. But, when it ends with sloppy games, uncontrolled players and clock mismanagement…it’s time for a change.

Simple. The Bengals need to step their game up.

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