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It seems like such a redundant statement—the hopes are high for the Bengals this year. However, this season, players and coaches are starting to begin to see change happen early.
The offensive weapons added through the draft in Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard along with the now healthy Mohamed Sanu will transform what was a relatively stagnant offense from the second half of 2012.
The offensive line has remained intact and is working together after one full year to jell.
Dalton continues to work hard on his technique and is learning to utilize all of the weapons surrounding him this year.
The 2012 sixth-ranked defense has remained intact and should even be improved this year.
Players are starting to notice the changes and are excited about what is to come. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth has this to say during an interview on Bengals.com:
Last year was a good year and not a great year; we expect a great one. We've got a lot of young weapons on the offensive side of the ball we've continued to add the last couple of years. I'm really excited about the opportunity of getting out on field and going for greatness.
I mean, it's one thing to try and be good, it's another thing to try and win, it's another thing to try and be great. That's what we want to be.
Yes, the phrase may be redundant, but the Bengals certainly believe it.