Cincinnati Bengals: The future now rides on Mike Brown
By Blake Jewell
After a 2-14 season, we now have signs of a bright future. Cincinnati Bengals fans are tired of losing, and the time for Mike Brown to wake up and do something is right now.
The time has never been better to take a massive leap in the right direction. The Cincinnati Bengals have the number one pick at the top of every round, last years first-round selection, offensive lineman Jonah Williams, returns next season, they have a ton of money to spend in free agency (a lot more if they cut/trade a couple of players), and a young core already in place. The plan should be simple, but will the struggling Bengals ownership mess it up?
Joe Burrow has to be who the Bengals take first overall. It’s literally as simple as that. Mike Brown has an easy layup to make the fans happy, and it’s time to capitalize. Burrow solidified himself as the best player in the country in the National Championship. Taking anyone else but Burrow is not only going to hurt the roster, but the fans may very well riot.
So there’s that. We have our franchise quarterback. It’s now up to Brown and the historically cheap Bengals franchise to finally spend money in free agency. Spend the money and a draft pick or two on the offensive line to protect your rookie quarterback. Leftover money and draft picks should be spent on defense and adding depth on offense.
Burrow has a chance to start his career with a solid offensive line, a superstar running back, a good receiving core, and two reliable tight ends all on his offense in his rookie season. Burrow makes the Bengals relevant again. Brown can make the Bengals competitive again, with a good offseason.
This is the most important offseason in Bengal’s history. It will decide if we are a young team on the rise, or if we are stuck with another 10 years of mediocrity. The plan should be in place. The future of the Cincinnati Bengals is in Mike Brown’s hands. If he truly wants to prove to the Bengals fans that he wants to win football games, the time is now.