We're starting to witness some semblance of actual football this weekend with the commencement of rookie minicamps, so we thought we would approach a topic which usually starts to poke its head out in the spring and summer months. In what seems like an annual tradition, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis conjures up some idea and/or slogan for the team to embrace each season.
Some find it cliche and corny, while others believe that it does actually have a positive effect on the team as a rallying call. In one past instance, Lewis brought hard hats and shovels to camps as a symbol for one of the earlier phrases in his tenure, titled something to the effect of "Just Keep Shoveling". Other times, he has used more vague slogans or ones just referring to a championship as the yearly mantra. Last year, it was "revival".
We don't know what, if anything, Lewis will come up with this year yet, but there could be a number of clever ideas he could use for 2016. If you're asking this writer, one simple phrase that comes to mind for 2016 could be "revenge".
It could be referencing revenge on the Football Gods for allowing Andy Dalton to be injured after an MVP-like season. Or, it could be revenge on the league for another first round playoff exit without the services of their emerging quarterback. But, the most apt reference to the phrase should be directed at the Pittsburgh Steelers. After all, Dalton injured himself in the regular season rematch against Pittsburgh, and it was the Black and Yellow who dealt Cincinnati its most heartbreaking loss in recent memory.
While some might think the idea might distract them from other tasks at hand, I'm almost wanting Lewis and the Bengals to be hell-bent on gunning after the Steelers this year. Sure, Super Bowl championships and division titles are coveted, but as we've seen over the years, the path to both for the Bengals often goes through the Steelers.
So, what are your opinions on the matter? What would you create as the Bengals' 2016 camp slogan? Sound off in the comments section!