This is a series of articles, explaining what each of the 31 teams that did not win Super Bowl XLV, need to do to win Super Bowl XLVI.
The Cincinnati Bengals have been historically the but of many jokes around the NFL.
Between the signing of contracts to previously convicted players, to having a Head Coach that refuses to resign a contract.
The Bengals have a long way to go towards righting the wrongs that currently have destroyed a team that not only won the AFC North just a short year ago, but swept the entire division.
It starts at the top!
Bengals owner Mike Brown has not done the team much of any favors in the way the team has operated.
He brings in players with questionable character, refuses to allow his head coach to make decisions, and will not hire someone to do his job, who is much more qualified to run the team than Brown is.
Who will be the Head Coach?
Marvin Lewis is as good as gone. Not only is he in the last year of his contract, he may not be wanted back by the Bengals.
What the Bengals need to do is find a GM that will be able to build this team back up. That is going to have to start with the Head Coach.
Who will be under center?
There is a lot of talk from Bengals fans that the team needs to part ways with their long time franchise QB, Carson Palmer.
Not if they want to win next year.
For the first 14 weeks of the NFL season, Carson Palmer spent most of his time trying to keep TO from attacking him.
Owens was the first option for Palmer in almost every situation. Palmer saw how Owens threw many of his previous quarterbacks under the bus, and Palmer did what he had to do to keep from being thrown under himself.
If the Bengals keep Owens, then Palmer is going to once again be looking at him first, even if it is not in the best interest of the team.
Too much of a good thing?
Many people believed that Batman and Robin would become one of the most feared passing duos in the NFL. Problem was, too much ego, not enough passes to go around.
The Bengals need to keep either one or the other. As I stated above, if they keep Owens, then Palmer will be handcuffed again. Keeping Ochocinco would increase the Bengals chances of success.
With the young pass catchers the Bengals have, there is still a veteran presence that needs to be filled. Ochocinco can do just that.
Who stays and who goes?
As I stated earlier, Mike Brown needs to make a decision as to who is going to run the team. If that decision is anyone other than him, there is a chance of success.
That person, whom ever it is, is going to have to make some tough decisions as to who will be brought back, and who won't. Dumping players because of last seasons performance might not be the best idea.
Keep the players that put the team first, and let go of the people that are going to be a distraction.
What will the Bengals do with their first round pick?
The biggest question as to what the Bengals will do with their first round pick, really relates to Carson Palmer.
Do the Bengals believe that they need to replace Palmer now?
If they do, do they keep him around for another year, so that the rookie they will draft in the first round can have a year of experience, before being thrown into the lions den in the AFC North?
It is not likely that the player the Bengals draft is going to make an impact so great that they can compete in the AFC North again next year.
So they should be drafting for depth or trying to find someone that is Carson Palmer's replacement.
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