As the 2014 NFL draft inches closer, the Cincinnati Bengals have plenty of questions they need to answer. No, not as many as do teams like Houston and Jacksonville, but they still have a lot to answer in terms of their long-term goals.
The string of success that has come from the Bengals over the last three seasons began with the 2011 NFL draft. With guys from that draft becoming free agents and other tenured athletes like Andrew Whitworth and Leon Hall appearing to be on the back nine, it may be time for Cincinnati to start preparing to go in a different direction.
This is not at all to imply that the Bengals aren't headed in a good direction—my thought is that the core of this team is beginning to break down one way or the other. It's time to determine who will be wearing orange and black on Sundays for the future.
Cincinnati's clock is running down—what must it address?