3 Questions about the Bengals’ turnaround season

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BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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3 Questions about the Bengals' turnaround season
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All things considered, the Bengals are poised for a turnaround. But, what will it take to reach the level fans are waiting for?

It’s less than a week away.

The blood, sweat and toiling of another training camp will be in effect for the Cincinnati Bengals. Though it may not be on the minds of many casual fans, die-hard believers are ready for a change. The disaster known as the 2016 season has to be erased. If last year’s campaign was a movie character, it would be the villain. The 2017 version of the Orange & Black has to be the hero on a white horse, waiting to save the 16 game schedule.

Sadly, there were more than a few things that went wrong. Over the course of the season, it was a domino effect that didn’t stop until the Bengals were 6-9-1. The end result was a far cry from the lofty predictions set forth by analysts and players.

Moving into the new season will be a true test of patience for the Bengals and their fans. There can be no more excuses about what could have happened and what really went down. Making a crybaby list will only go so far. Eventually, fans need to see the results of their investment in the Bengals. They may not be on the field, but the emotional rollercoaster is still the same.

There are questions that need to be answered and situations that have to be clarified. Each season will bring its share of question marks. But, when some are the same issues rehashed in another form, it’s time to examine the root cause.

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