Happy New Year! 2021 was a good year for the Cincinnati Bengals, as they finished the year with a 9-6 record with two games remaining in the regular season (both games will be played in 2022, though). As of now, the stripes are in first place in the AFC North and can clinch the division by winning one of their final two games.
With the new year officially underway, let’s take a look at some resolutions for certain Bengals players and the team as well.
Let’s start with a team resolution.
Cincinnati Bengals New Year’s Resolution
Fix the offensive line
This team has proven they’re the real deal and can win big games. To win a Super Bowl, however, the Bengals HAVE to do a better job addressing their offensive line. Super Bowl champions have to be solid in the trenches and that’s something Cincinnati hasn’t been able to say this season, at least not on the offensive side of things.
This offseason, Quinton Spain and Riley Reiff are slated to hit free agency, leaving Cincy with Jonah Williams and Trey Hopkins as the only starters returning next year. Re-signing Spain and Reiff would be a popular move amongst the fans but the organization can’t stop there.
Hopkins has struggled as a starter and replacing him at the center spot would be a necessary decision if this team wants to realistically compete for a Super Bowl in 2022. Right guard also needs to be figured out, as three different guys have started there and none have looked particularly good.
Joe Burrow is special and if the team fails to give him an above-average offensive line for another year, they’ll only have themselves to blame if he can’t reach his full potential.