Bengals’ Super Bowl LII blueprint 2.0

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Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) takes the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) takes the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals' Super Bowl LII blueprint 2.0
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The draft is over and the offseason heat is ramping up. Bengals faithful are preparing for another Lombardi run. Is this finally the year?

It seems like each year the Bengals have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl. Okay, don’t be a smart aleck. Yes, all 32 teams have a shot at the Big Dance. But, there’s always the promise of Cincinnati having a better than average year and advancing. Sometimes, there are doubts that the team looked better on paper than the actual talent. Yet, there’s the ever-present chore of picking up the pieces after another disappointing season. It’s time to go out on a limb again. The 2017 campaign could offer a better chance than before.

The draft offered a glimpse into what the Bengals are trying to do. Before the annual NFL holiday, Cincinnati watched free agents walk away from PBS. At the time, it seemed like the franchise was on the verge of insanity. Andrew Whitworth, Kevin Zeitler and Rex Burkhead were the big names. Most Bengals fans had to be thinking the sky was falling. But, there was a plan that diehard faithful could sense. Changes had to be made and those overhauls were necessary immediately.

What was the grand plan? Simple, Bengals fanatic. Get faster, get younger and make a statement to the veterans. Cincinnati has always been competitive. But, that’s the problem. Competitive gets you nowhere fast. Boxers who remain “competitive” stay on the same level for years. Ironically, the Bengals…have been on the same quest for years. They’ve hit a plateau.

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