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Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis continues to build a solid core of players in Cincinnati. In the last three seasons, the Bengals have been able to improve by one additional win each year. This franchise is on the verge of being one of the NFL's most dominant, as this team remains one of the deepest and most balanced in the league.
Lewis finally has a strong say in personnel decisions, and it shows.
Over the 2013 regular season, Lewis showed some moxie and gambled frequently on fourth-down conversions. He has been able to finish out games nicely and does not seem as complacent and conservative as he once did.
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has had a roller coaster of a season. At times he seemed like a genius. Other times, he did not seem capable of putting the correct players on the field in red-zone situations, which led to some questionable play-calling.
Despite the criticism, Gruden put the Bengals in position to average 27.9 points, 368.4 yards, 258.7 passing yards and 109.7 rush yards per game. The offense finished the season ranked seventh overall in points per game and 10th in yards per game.
Not too shabby.
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has had a lot on his plate this season. He lost a plethora of key defensive players early on and had to make adjustments on the fly. His strategy of a defensive rotation at many positions certainly paid off, as his players were able to remain fresh throughout the regular season.
Zimmer's defensive unit finished in the top five of every NFL category. The defense was fifth in points allowed at 19.1, third in total yards allowed (305.5), fifth in passing yards allowed (209.0) and fifth in rush yards allowed (96.5).
Quite an accomplishment for one of the best defensive coordinators in today's NFL.