BengalszoneBilly Posted May 10, 2012 Report Share Posted May 10, 2012 A lot of good points raised in this ESPN article.The Cincinnati Bengals enjoyed the most successful free agency period of any team in the division. The Bengals were applauded by many experts for being among the big winners in the NFL draft. The question everyone in Who Dey Nation wants answered is how much ground have the Bengals made up on the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. But that's the wrong question to be asking. Whether or not the Bengals return to the playoffs isn't about their division rivals. It's about whether this franchise can finally handle success. The Bengals haven't put together back-to-back winning seasons since 1981-82. To put that into perspective, those were the years when Ronald Reagan was beginning his first term as president, a gallon of gas was going for $1.30 and Marvin Lewis was starting his coaching career at Idaho State. This doesn't mean Cincinnati has struggled every year. The Bengals have been to the playoffs three times since 2005, the same amount as the Cowboys and one fewer than the Packers over that span. The problem has been following up that success. An AFC North title in 2005, and an 8-8 season in 2006. Another division title in 2009, and a 4-12 season in 2010. Read the rest at the link above. Kind of strange it was written by a former Baltimore Sun sports writer, but I guess he had to broaden his horizons now that he's gone national. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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