Thoughts of the Super Bowl are beginning to surface around the Bengals. But, to get there, the process involves avoiding the same old problems.
With training camp on the horizon, thoughts are turning to the inevitable. It’s all about how the Bengals will get back to the postseason and do some damage in the playoffs. The wonderful thing about this time of year is the potential for every team to advance to the Big Dance. But, there are always a few snags that make the road a bit harder than expected. The Bengals have the weapons they need to make it to Super Bowl LII. But, there has to a concentrated effort by all hands involved.
Not so long ago, the buzz about the Bengals postseason success was phenomenal. If you can remember back to the 2015 campaign, there was talk of the Bengals being able to best the New England Patriots and claim the AFC Championship. But, alas, there was a hiccup in the system and things went south in a hurry. Andy Dalton tried to tackle a 300-pound lineman and there went the hopes for any Super Bowl appearance.
Once again, hope springs eternal and Cincinnati faithful are waiting for the process to occur. What’s that? It’s the wash, rinse, repeat cycle that has to take place in football. Get to the postseason, win games, advance. Simple, right? Not when you’re playing for the Cincinnati Bengals or a fan watching the activities. I’m not going to do my impersonation of Nostradamus and predict a horrendous palette of gloom and doom. But, I will set the table for a few items that have to be addressed before things can go smoothly.