Looking back at the Cincinnati Bengals 2016

Throughout this week, many are reflecting on the year gone by. 2016 is a year that many Cincinnati Bengals fans will likely want to forget.

For many 2016 cant end fast enough for various reasons. Whether it was due to the election, or the sobering litany of celebrity deaths. 2016 saw the Bengals playoff win drought mark it’s 25th anniversary. Ultimately that streak will extend into a 26th year. As the Bengals will finish 2016 with a losing record and out of playoff contention.

There weren’t as many high points as the Bengals would’ve hoped for. 2016 wont go down as the worst year for the Bengals. However, that’s little rationale to call this a great year for the Bengals. With the Bengals making the playoffs last year being the brightest spot of the year. On that note here’s a look back some of the notable moments of 2016 for the Bengals and football overall.

Bengals fans had to stomach not just one but three losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. To many the loss to the Steelers in the playoffs was the worst one. Not just because of it coming in the playoffs, but because of the way the Bengals went into meltdown mode. While the Bengals at least advanced to the playoffs was a high point itself. The way that game ended was likely the lowest point of the year.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

During the 2016 season there were several high points. Andy Dalton’s Hail Mary pass to A.J. Green during the Cleveland Browns game in October was one. The Bengals playing in London, England was another high point.

Both Vontaze Burfict and Mike Nugent got the most bum wrap for the Bengals this year. Vontaze Burfict received plenty of justified critizism for his play during the Bengals playoff loss in January. However, throughout this season opposing players it seems have tried to exploit Burfict’s temper. While Nugent’s tenure as the Bengals kicker ended on a whimper. Following several missed field goal attempts throughout the year, the Bengals released him.

One place where the Bengals will definitely need to improve on in 2017 is the offense. After Hue Jackson left for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job. Ken Zampese was promoted to the Bengals offensive coordinator position. His first season produced an underwhelming offense for the Bengals. Although, he wasn’t helped by a string of offensive line injuries.

Notable non-Bengals football notes for 2016

2016 was an eventful year in the NFL, with Peyton Manning ending his career with a Super Bowl victory. While the Dallas Cowboys are playing with a pep in their step not seen since the 1990’s. Meanwhile, the NFL’s seemingly Teflon ratings took a hit this season. With Colin Kaepernick’s controversial national anthem protests and the election seen as likely culprits behind the ratings tumble. Since the election ratings for the NFL have begun to climb back up.

Ratings will likely still be strong through the playoffs. While the Super Bowl LI will certainly be the most watched TV broadcast of 2017 if not US television history. The NFL has the good fortune of holding it’s playoffs during the winter, when more people are likely to stay in and watch television. Locally in college football, the Tommy Tuberville era came to an end at the University of Cincinnati. His last season though produced one of the best post game tirades I’ve heard in years.

Louisville Football’s Lamar Jackson won the Heisman trophy, the first in the school’s history. Also, 2016 saw the trend of the nearly four hour long college football game continue.

2016 wasn’t kind at all to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals will go into 2017 with a still strong team. Whether they fulfill much promise next year remains to be seen. On that note Happy New Year everybody!

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