We can argue that things began "changing" when Marvin Lewis negotiated a two-year deal following a depressing four-win season in 2010, with key phrases thrown around such as an expanded front office, indoor practice facility and more power to fire his own coaches. None of this was verified -- though Bob Bratkowski was fired within the month -- and most of it was conjectured by rumored reports during the actual negotiation from the mainstream media. Yet last year the Bengals noticeably expanded the scouting department.
And that might not be all.
According to Jason La Canfora with CBSSports.com, the Cincinnati Bengals could be in-store for a front office expansion.
Heard some rumblings that perhaps the Bengals beef up their front office this offseason, and maybe add a general manager position. Owner Mike Brown did expand his scouting staff, finally, a year ago. Worth keeping an eye on.
Don't go off the deep end, young one. Rumblings mean nothing more than supposed conversation from somewhat reliable sources. Yet it's an amazing thing, considering that the Bengals have gone to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons. They're not resting on their laurels, which they have done so many times in the past.
But the conversation is initialized and Mike Brown is certainly seeing the benefits of an expanded scouting department. So let's keep the momentum going.