The Bengals head into training camp confident that they have what it takes to reach the post-season. The only concern people seem to have is what the Bengals will do when they get there.
Despite their playoff woes the Bengals are currently enjoying one of the most successful runs in franchise history. 2013 was the first time the Bengals had made 3 straight playoff appearances – followed by 3 straight one-and-done playoff appearances. Getting to playoffs has been easy – getting through them has been nigh on impossible.
QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green are one of the best passing combinations in football. Green has made 3 straight Pro Bowls and looks like he will remain a star for many years to come. In addition, Giovanni Bernard emerged in 2013 as an added power back that can augment what BenJarvus Green-Ellis already brings to the Bengals.
Defensively the Bengals are stout: Top 10 in both points and yards allowed for three straight years doesn’t happen to a defense that overachieves. The unit is anchored by DT Geno Atkins, with Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones providing playmaking ability in the middle and secondary.
The departures of coordinators Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden may result in schematic changes for the Bengals, but if their talent plays up to par there should be no issues at all heading into camp.
The Bengals open camp at Paul Brown Stadium on July 23.