Having struggled to recover from the departure of Boomer Esiason in 1993, the Bengals have suffered through two decades of ineptitude sprinkled with a hearty helping of off-the-field indiscretions to boot.
It's no surprise then that Cincy find themselves battling long-held media misconceptions on a weekly basis, and following an unlikely playoff berth in 2011, it seems nothing has changed.
Despite an image overhaul and a revised philosophy in the post-Ochocinco Cincinnati, skeptics are still not ready to raise their expectations, and perhaps rightfully so.
However, these new-look Bengals seem determined to build upon an impressive 2011, and that includes proving every misconception wrong.
Here are just some of the assumptions the 2012 Bengals will be hoping to correct when the league year kicks off in September.