For the second straight season the Cincinnati Bengals qualified for the playoffs and were eliminated in the Wild Card Round by the Houston Texans. There are definitely signs of progress, but the team still hasn't won a postseason game since 1990.
The good news for the Bengals is their roster is filled with talented players who are still on the upside of their careers. Stars like A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and Geno Atkins give the franchise solid building blocks to keep moving in the right direction.
On the flip side, the offseason is setting up to be a crucial and potentially costly one. Cincinnati has several key free agents and must find a way to either bring them back or find replacements. If it can't, the playoff streak could end at two.
With that in mind, let's analyze each area of the Bengals' roster and figure out where they need to focus over the next couple months. By the time the dust settles heading into training camp, fans should have a good idea of the team's direction.