The Bengals will be going into their first season without Marvin Lewis for the first time in 16 years when they kick off against the Seahawks in September.
Despite letting go of the much maligned head coach, the national media collectively agrees that the Bengals will take a step back in 2019. The media, in general, have clearly not been paying attention to Zac Taylor and the new and improved Bengals.
There is one person, however, that seemed to notice the Bengals’ improvements this offseason.
Kyle Brandt, host of Good Morning Football, picked the Bengals as the team that has been the most undervalued this offseason.
“We’re in the upside down,” said Brandt. “We’ve changed everything. We’ve had Marvin Lewis for 35 years; we have a new coach and a new lease on life for [Andy Dalton]. The whole team is going to feel different...”
Which team has been undervalued all offseason?@KyleBrandt ➡️ @Bengals @DeAngeloHall23 ➡️ @Vikings pic.twitter.com/6OxSdQ2hco— GMFB (@gmfb) July 17, 2019
Brandt is exactly right when he says that Dalton has a new “lease on life.” For the first time in his professional career, Dalton will have an offensive head coach, In fact, Taylor’s last job was Rams’ quarterbacks coach, and helped Jared Goff pass for over 4,000 yards and reach the Super Bowl.
The Bengals’ offense is going to be night and day from anything they had with Lewis. Taylor has already changed the culture in Cincinnati, and has the players eager to play for him.
While the national media seems to think that the Bengals will regress with a rookie head coach, they clearly haven’t seen what has been going on in Cincinnati in the last couple of months.
Brandt finished the segment with a statement that should sum up the Bengal’s attitude this season.
“Our division, our time.”