A Clear Path To Winning In 2011: Bengals Need To Do Hard Knocks

The Detroit Lions have become the third team to turn down HBO's Hard Knocks, joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. The series opened with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001 and the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 before taking a hiatus until 2007 when the show covered the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, the Cowboys again in 2008, your Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and the New York Jets last season.

This gets us thinking. Why not the Bengals again?

Aside from the fact that the Bengals followed up a four-win season in 2008 with the AFC North Championship the same season they were featured on Hard Knocks, the Bengals have plenty of storylines that could be of interest.

Such as the drama between the team and Carson Palmer's demand for a trade or else he'll retire. Incorporating rookie Andy Dalton into a starting quarterback. More Carson Palmer. The awesomely trivial battle of words between head coach Marvin Lewis and Chad Ochocinco. More Carson Palmer. Contract negotiations between cornerback Johnathan Joseph and running back Cedric Benson. Even more Carson Palmer. Outside Linebacker Rey Maualuga's move to the inside. Introducing the team's newest offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Alright, we're not sure if the storylines would be that interesting outside of Bengals fans. But it doesn't matter. Other teams, except maybe the Atlanta Falcons, aren't willing to open themselves up so why not the Bengals, who, like 2009, are coming off a four-win season.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker