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Now that's optimism
Few would argue that the Cincinnati Bengals are not one of the worst franchises in the NFL. I think it's amazing that, given the setup of the NFL, the Bengals are typically one of the poorest performing teams almost each year since the early 90's. Between the salary cap, easier schedule, and draft order; the NFL is set up to avoid having teams like the Cincinnati Bengals.
For the Bengals it all starts at the top, in ownership. Mike Brown has to be considered one of the worst owners in the league. Each year, fans support and invest in the team and each year, Mike Brown puts together a terrible product. Between dealing with low character players, not hiring a 'football guy' to run the team, and not investing in a good scouting department; Mike Brown seems set in his ways of doing the exact opposite of the good NFL owners.
It seems for the past few years the Bengals have the talent yet, with the exception of a couple years, they once again seem to be picking early in the NFL draft.
This new year seems to be a big change for the team. I'm not sure if it's for the better or not, but I feel somewhat optimistic for the Bengals. In April the team put together, what seems like, a successful draft. As hard as this may seem, let's take a look at the team's most exciting players for 2011. The ones whose jersey are worth buying. These are the Cincinnati Bengals who are most likely to bring me to the stadium in 2011...