Cincinnati Bengals hope to finally win Super Bowl in 2023
The Cincinnati Bengals have been close to a title the last two seasons. In 2023, they look to take the final step in their journey.
So close, but nothing to show for it.
That’s been the story of the Cincinnati Bengals over the past two seasons. Of course, it’s not that simple. Cincinnati came from being the league’s worst team to being AFC champions in only two short years. However, after losing Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals fell in the AFC title game in January, losing 23-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now, an offseason of uncertainty looms.
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Cincinnati has long been known as a place that won’t pay to keep most players, and it’s on ownership and general manager Duke Tobin to prove otherwise. The Bengals have a host of important free agents to re-sign, specifically on defense, which includes safeties Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates, and linebacker Germaine Pratt. Then there’s tight end Hayden Hurst and running back Samaje Perine.
This is to say nothing of stars becoming eligible for extensions, headlined by quarterback Joe Burrow and receiver Tee Higgins. Signing them would be a strong message to the rest of the league, announcing Cincinnati is ready to contend no matter the cost. But will the Bengals send it?
Right now, perhaps the only certainty in Cincinnati is head coach Zac Taylor, who professed his love and loyalty to the city over the weekend, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“They’re gonna have to carry me out of here in a casket. I love it. Just specifically, Cincinnati. It’s a really good fit for my family and myself, and the other coaches, and the owners, and Duke Tobin. I just can’t imagine myself anywhere else. They’ll have to kick me out of here.”
Every Vegas sportsbook has the Bengals as one of the top favorites to win it all come next February in Las Vegas. Cincinnati has a top-three quarterback, arguably the best receiver duo in the league and a terrific coaching staff, led by Taylor, offensive coordinator Brian Callahan and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.
Now it’s time to get over the proverbial hump and win the first Super Bowl in franchise history, getting by the Chiefs and any other foe in their way.
But it starts with a strong offseason and an open checkbook.