The last two seasons have seen the Cincinnati Bengals make their way into the playoffs before falling in the Wild Card round to the Houston Texans. Cincinnati will enter the 2013 NFL season looking to improve on their playoff success, but I think there is someone that is on the hot seat who needs the Bengals to go further this season. That would be head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals have made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons but have lost in their first game each time and that must change.
There is no doubt that the Bengals are a talented team with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green on offense, but at some point you need to make a deep run in the playoffs. Cincinnati has to deal with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in their division along with an improving Cleveland Browns team and the always dangerous Pittsburgh Steelers. It hasn’t been easy for the Bengals to make the runs that they have in the last few years, and you can credit Lewis for coaching them to that.
I want to see more success out of this team though. Dalton was awful in the playoff game this past season, and he can’t play like that again. This is a team that Lewis needs to get into a position where they can make an AFC Championship game or even the Super Bowl. That isn’t going to be easy by any means, but the seat is getting very hot under Lewis to get this Cincinnati team deeper into the playoffs.