The Cincinnati Bengals are a team that seems like they are on the upturn. That being said they have a few things they need to improve upon to become one of the elite powerhouses in the league and maybe sooner than later Super Bowl champions. Even though it seemed that right tackle Andre Smith finally grew up 2012 and lived up to his hype of being picked sixth overall in the 2009 draft and signed a new three-year deal with the team worth about $18 million, he has yet to practice in 2013. This is extremely disappointing since he was easily the best lineman taken in that draft class, and he actually won the prestigious Mr. Alabama going into college and seemed like he was a can’t miss prospect.
Another problem with the Bengals is that despite having an extremely imposing defensive line that is large and aggressive, their linebacker corps’ biggest name is Rey Maualuga and last year he looked like he was out of place for the majority of the season. Another linebacker on their team is James Harrison who has been in the league since 2002 and is now 35 years old and obviously on the last legs of his career. Another problem with Harrison is that he always played in the 3-4 defense and as a pass rusher, however, this year he’s playing in the 4-3 base and is placed inside as the team’s middle linebacker.
All in all, this Bengals team should make another playoff run. It’ll be interesting, however, to see if the can actually win a playoff game which is something they haven’t done since 1990.