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Bengals trying to bury some historic streaks in 2012

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The Bengals were a pleasant surprise last year.

If they can repeat that success, it will be a major shock, if only because of the historical implications.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer broke down the historical context of the Bengals struggles, and shows how amazing it will be if they can get back to the playoffs or win a postseason game.

If they make the playoffs again, it will be the first time they’ve gone back-to-back in 30 years (and the first ever in full seasons, which would discount the strike-shortened 1982 season).

When Atlanta repeated as a postseason team last year, it made 28 teams that have repeated since the Bengals have. Jacksonville did it 1998 and 1999, but fellow expansion teams Carolina and Houston haven’t, and the Browns haven’t since coming back to the league in 1999.

Speaking of the Texans, their win over the Bengals last year meant every team in the league has won a playoff game since Cincinnati last did on Jan. 6, 1991 over the Houston Oilers.

The Bengals playoff win drought is the longest in the league, edging out the Lions for that honor.

We’re posting this one now, because if you’re a Bengals fan, you’ll want to give yourself a little time before lunch after you read it.

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21 Responses to “Bengals trying to bury some historic streaks in 2012”
  1. stevincinci says: Jul 5, 2012 11:21 AM

    All streaks were meant to be broken. We’ll see.

  2. icecake12 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    I’m a bengals fan and have been my whole life (’89) and have been through the worst streak a NFL team can have. When people rag on me about being a bengals fan and their talking about our piss poor history and how we haven’t won as much as their team I realize that I’m a diehard fan because no one else has been through what bengals fans have. But anyway who cares nothing up to this point matters its all about the next year and it always will be. So all you steeler trash can shove your superbowls down our throats but just ask yourself where you would be as a fan if you went through our streak. Would you be as die hard?

  3. joetoronto says: Jul 5, 2012 11:30 AM

    I see a major adjustment from last year coming for the Bengals.

    Andy Dalton ain’t all that, IMO.

    We’ll see.

  4. raqaiw says: Jul 5, 2012 11:34 AM

    Bungles are getting better. Had a heck of a draft last year,and this year’s seems good too,but there’s no way to really know until they hit the field. AFCN football should be awesome this year,minus the Browns.

  5. passthepeppa says: Jul 5, 2012 11:42 AM

    the Bengals are so cute

  6. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 5, 2012 12:06 PM

    One of two people in that picture will be in the HOF. An I don’t think its gonna be the red rocket

  7. mwindle1973 says: Jul 5, 2012 12:08 PM

    If your a Bengals fan you already know all this. Did you know that we were going for back to back playoffs in 2006 and 2010 as well? Oh, OK, that’s kind of obvious if you are a Bengals fan too, huh? See actually you all are missing something…we haven’t had back to back winning seasons since 1982. Oh yeah, another piece of info I’m forgetting to share…if we all cared about pot shots like this article, we wouldn’t still be Bengals fans. We’ve heard it all before. But I do hope this is the year that Marvin can pull a rabbit out of his hat, and stop Paul Brown from rolling in his grave. PB never had consecutive losing seasons as a coach or owner. With the exception of his first 2 years with the expansion Bengals. In fact he only posted 4 losing seasons in 25 years. Career record of 213-104-9. Won championships at the High School, College, and 2 different pro levels. All with teams in the state of Ohio. Won pro championships in a 10 year span. FOunded 2 NFL franchises, one of which is named for him. Only man to have 2 football stadiums named for him. And I’m just scratching the surface. He helped Bill Walsh invent the west coast offense when Walsh was OC in CIncy. The zone blitz scheme came from CIncy. He invented game film, timed passing routes, and has a coaching tree that through branching includes just about every famous coach that’s ever played. Bill Walsh put it best when saying a couple years before is passing, “If there is a list of the greatest coaches and that list doesn’t start with Paul Brown, then it’s not worth reading.” But a lot of this remains buried in the NFL basement. If you go to Canton you’ll see it all. But the history of the Bengals franchise and more importantly Paul Brown’s legacy is buried underneath the rot of 22 years of mostly failure. That last playoff win came about 6 months before PB died. And when his hand wasn’t there to lead the team it spiraled downward quickly. Starting a trend of 12 straight non-winning seasons that ended in Marvin Lewis’ first season in 2003. And still is effecting the team with the 21 year playoff victory drought. But Lewis has been chipping away at Mike Brown for a decade now, and I think he finally has him centered. Most people don’t now it, but Mike built the SUper Bowl rosters of 81 and 88. He just always had Paul there to center him. But Marvin has done what even Dick LeBeau couldn’t do before him. He got through to Mike Brown, got him to trust and listen to him about things. Marvin has the toughest job in football, convincing Brown when and when not to listen to his own instincts. Hence Lewis is right 90% of the time, but then you have the Carson situation. Lewis wanted him traded right away. But Brown took us all to school and showed he not only won on that trade, but he won on the Ochocinco trade. In fact he’s pulled the trigger on 6 trades in a little less than 2 years. And come out on the better end of 4. It’s believed that Taylor Mays will be a bi contributor this year, making that a steal. And we’ll see how the Keith Rivers trade. But if you look at the last 3 drafts, those 6 trades, a handful of cuts and signings, the youth of the team, and the robust amount of cap space in this and future years, Mike Brown is probably the hottest GM in the league right now. While you all keep poking fun, we will lay our bets that this is season when Marvin, Mike & Co. finally lay the golden egg, and help restore Paul Brown to the modern memory.

  8. joemammy says: Jul 5, 2012 12:29 PM

    The only reason the Bengals will even get a sniff at the playoffs is because the Ravens and Steelers are so old, slow and damaged this year. Cinci won’t be able to squeak by the Browns, like they did last season.

    Sorry, Bengals…second place is about as good as its going to get for you in the AFC North. Go Browns!!!

  9. inthezone4 says: Jul 5, 2012 12:31 PM

    Hey windle! Did you have anything to say lol! Been a bengals fan since the early 80’s and will die a bengals fan! Who Dey!

  10. bigzant82 says: Jul 5, 2012 12:37 PM

    all you bengals fans think ya better then browns remember ya 0-2 in the super bowl, sure ya been to the big game but hey no need to think ya better the browns and bengals share a history even thought were older and have more HOF’ers “honestly id take the 2 super bowl appearances and less HOF’ers” then browns the last 25 years but remember this year th browns will catch up too the bengals and im very sure with it id imagine if we drafted Dalton last year

  11. giantsfanlewis says: Jul 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    Mwindle1973

    I enjoyed the history and do like watching the bangles. Mike brown may be doing very well in the trades but I would have to say reese from nyg is probably the hottest tm right now. 2 superbowls in 4 years with 2 very different teams built threw incredibly smart drafting. So smart that the 2007 giants were the first team in NFL history to have every member of the draft class involved in the superbowl. This may change in a few seasons but for the time being i would have to put my money on reese.

  12. londonbengal says: Jul 5, 2012 1:04 PM

    I’m with ‘Icecake12′.

    If I wanted an easy life, I’d call myself ‘LondonSteeler’, and nobody would be any the wiser.

  13. udtfrogmanvet says: Jul 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    The Jags went from 1996-1999 with 2 AFC championship appearances. Tom Coughlin was and still is the best coach in the NFL. Bill Belichick is a very close 2nd.

  14. aceben3 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:18 PM

    Well you’re going to have to go through a team that has made it to the playoffs the last 4 years. That being the Purple and Black of course.

  15. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 5, 2012 2:37 PM

    joemammy says:
    Jul 5, 2012 12:29 PM
    Sorry, Bengals…second place is about as good as its going to get for you in the AFC North. Go Browns!!!
    ============================================

    That’s almost as funny as a Cubs fan making fun of Reds fans because they are only going to finish in second place. Thanks for making my day, joe.

  16. darthhitman77 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:05 PM

    icecake12 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    I’m a bengals fan and have been my whole life (’89) and have been through the worst streak a NFL team can have. When people rag on me about being a bengals fan and their talking about our piss poor history and how we haven’t won as much as their team I realize that I’m a diehard fan because no one else has been through what bengals fans have. But anyway who cares nothing up to this point matters its all about the next year and it always will be. So all you steeler trash can shove your superbowls down our throats but just ask yourself where you would be as a fan if you went through our streak. Would you be as die hard?

    As a 31 year Detroit Lions fan [am 35] I feel you on this

  17. oregonbengalsfan says: Jul 5, 2012 3:12 PM

    Browns’ fans… when’s the last time the Browns have made it to the playoffs? Oh yeah, besides the 2002 season, way back before Modell took the real Browns to Baltimore…

  18. mwindle1973 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:22 PM

    inthezone4 says: Jul 5, 2012 12:31 PM

    Hey windle! Did you have anything to say lol! Been a bengals fan since the early 80′s and will die a bengals fan! Who Dey!:)

    __________

    Hobson from Bengals.com gave unto me the nickname Windy…you figure out why :) I’ve been a fan since 1980. I just get sick of people picking on obvious targets. Teams like the Bengals, Lions, Rams, Chiefs, Browns, etc., they have their issues obviously. But don’t act like they aren’t out there smacking people in the mouth, trying to win games too. They don’t give the games away for free. In today’s NFL, the difference between the #1 team and the #32 team is negligible. And every teams goal is #1. Anything else is failure. So there are 31 losers in every NFL season. I don’t think it really matters to what degree of a loser you are. No sense boasting about it. Well here I’ve gotten windy again. Well the point is both you and I know that streaks and droughts and stats didn’t get our team into this situation, they aren’t going to get us out of it, and they definitely can’t keep us in it.

  19. mwindle1973 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:46 PM

    giantsfanlewis says: Jul 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    Mwindle1973

    I enjoyed the history and do like watching the bangles. Mike brown may be doing very well in the trades but I would have to say reese from nyg is probably the hottest tm right now. 2 superbowls in 4 years with 2 very different teams built threw incredibly smart drafting. So smart that the 2007 giants were the first team in NFL history to have every member of the draft class involved in the superbowl. This may change in a few seasons but for the time being i would have to put my money on reese.

    _____________

    Well your right in the sense he’s not the best GM right now. But just appears to be the one on the hottest streak right now. Some of these things have to pan out and see how they do in the next couple seasons before we can really say he’s near the top. Then he has to stay consistent over many years to really get some accolades. And the only thing that can outweigh his past is a SUper Bowl ring. But all that said they got something brewing in Cincy, a lot of young talent, plenty of cap room to keep it together and a special chemistry that’s hard to find. And Mike owes a lot to some of his staff for the great front office decisions of late. First off Marvin Lewis, but then his daughter Katie Blackburn, here husband Troy, scouts Duke Tobin (helped build 85 Bears) and John Cooper, OC & DC Jay Gruden & Mike Zimmer, and several key asst coaches. I include the coaches because they are scouts in the Bengals system. They have some say in who gets drafted, what players are considered, roster moves, and some other matters. But the thing is, Mike Brown hired them all. He does rely heavily on Lewis’ advice and Lewis’ has complete say over many matters. But Mike has final say and he has built a pretty good organization from top to bottom. Hopefully they can produce the kind of results you’d expect of a such a well put together organization.

  20. vincentbojackson says: Jul 5, 2012 10:35 PM

    When was the bar lowered to where just making the playoffs is an accomplishment?

    The Steelers, Pats, Giants and Packers view every season that doesn’t end in a Lombardi as a total failure.

    Keep your eyes on the real prize if you want to be like the big boys.

  21. mwindle1973 says: Jul 5, 2012 10:43 PM

    aceben3 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:18 PM

    Well you’re going to have to go through a team that has made it to the playoffs the last 4 years. That being the Purple and Black of course.

    _____________

    You do realize that in the Marvin Lewis era the Bengals are 10-8 against the Ravens don’t you? And I have nothing against your team even though I hate Art Modell. Yet I couldn’t help liking your team in the late 90s/early 00s. Mainly because I’m a huge Marvin Lewis fan, and I also think Ozzie Newsome is one the best in the business. But the Steelers are the monkey on our back. In the Lewis era we are 5-14 against them. But I’ll give you this since sweeping both of you in 2009, we are 1-7 against you combined. So if we are to win the division we will have to post wins vs PIT & BAL this year.

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