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Back in 2009, the Bengals were firmly under the control of quarterback Carson Palmer.
Five years later, Cincinnati's new head honcho will get his opportunity to introduce himself to the world.
Former second-round pick Andy Dalton, who has led the Bengals to the postseason in each of his first two NFL seasons, enters the 2013 season with both security in his job and pressure to improve. HBO will offer an opportunity to get to know Dalton before his very important third season.
Dalton is a comfortable 19-13 in two seasons, and his passer rating improved from 80.4 as a rookie to 87.4 in 2012. However, the Bengals have been bounced in the postseason in back-to-back years in large part due to Dalton's failures.
For Cincinnati to compete among the AFC's powerhouses (and the overall talent is certainly there to do so), the Bengals need Dalton to take another big step in Year 3. There is quiet confidence in Dalton, but also unnerving worry, as the Bengals can't be considered true Super Bowl contenders unless Dalton elevates himself as a quarterback, especially in the postseason.
The Bengals will expect Dalton to make that jump in 2013. But before he gets that chance, viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about the Bengals starting quarterback in training camp.