The Cincinnati Bengals have posted three straight losing seasons and now have a new head coach. Could the team benefit from a few more free-agent additions?
It really wasn’t that long ago that the Cincinnati Bengals were a mainstay in the NFL Playoffs. It also wasn’t very long ago that Marvin Lewis was the second-longest tenured head coach in the league with the same team, behind only New England’s Bill Belichick.
But things have changed in a not-so-great way in the Queen City. The franchise has now missed out on the postseason each of the past three years, this after reaching the playoffs five-straight years from 2011-15. And Lewis, hired by the club in 2003 and a sideline leader that steered the franchise to seven postseason appearances, is no longer the head coach.
The recent deterioration of the club certainly had something to do with that, along with the fact that the Bengals never won a playoff game under his command. Of course, this is a franchise that hasn’t tasted victory in the postseason since 1990, what Sam Wyche was patrolling the sidelines and Boomer Esiason was the club’s starting quarterback.
So enter former Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, who hopes to get this team back on the winning track. He inherits quarterback Andy Dalton, running back Joe Mixon and wide receiver A.J. Green. The Bengals also featured the NFL’s bottom-ranked defense a year ago. The club does have 11 draft choices to aid in the renovation.
Not surprisingly, the teams has been pretty quiet during free agency. But could they add three more veterans somewhere over the next few months?