The Cincinnati Bengals had a very disappointing year in 2008. Their record was 4-11-1 and they were missing their star pro-bowl quarterback almost the entire season. But, if you know me, you know that I believe that comebacks are possible for anyone. (Hence, Dolphins ‘07 to ‘08). There is work to be done in Cincinnati, but at least it’s able to be done, possibly soon.
The pros for the Bengals are happily plentiful. The Bengals had arguably (of course) the best draft of 2009. With the selection of the large brick wall, a.k.a. Andre Smith, Carson Palmer, who is recently recovered from surgery, will have some appreciated extra time to get the pass off to a certain Chad Ochocinco. The LB Rey Maualuga selected 6th in the 2nd round is a steal for the Bengals who are happy to add young talent alongside 2nd year player Keith Rivers. Most important of all Chad Ochocinco is focused. Beware.
The 9-year veteran, 5-time pro-bowler Chad Ochocinco is focused and is putting all of his energy into becoming the dominant receiver he used is and still can be. Ochocinco is actually attending Bengals voluntary workouts. He was disappointed after not even coming close to the 1,000 yard plateau that he is used to, and has come back ready to reclaim his title as one of the best.
The Bengals have promise. They are getting their pro-bowl quarterback back into the lineup and Chad is determined to make a difference on this team. The defense is a young wiry unit that is bound to have a breakout year sometime soon, so I don’t see why it can’t be this year. They were 19th in points allowed last season, and if they can get that down to 12th or lower, this upcoming season will be a success on defense. The revamped offense MUST score more points than the 32nd last place offense of last year did. And I believe they can. We’ll see.