Time for the 2011 NFL Preview of the Cincinnati Bengals and it could be a very long season for Bengals fans this coming season. There are many different changes in store for the Bengals and not for the good I am afraid. Let's take a look at the Bengals in 2011.
First we have to take a look at the offense which is a mess to say the least. Carson Palmer has stated he will not be back to quarterback the Bengals and wants to be traded. The Bengals have no plans to trade him so right now Andy Dalton and Bruce Gradkowski are the quarterbacks of the future for the Bengals. Chad Johnson has been traded and Terrell Owens will not be back so the load will fall on A.J. Green and Jordan Shipley to catch the ball. Cedric Benson will be back to carry the ball and that will help.
On defense the Bengals are getting better and have some talent. The main problem they will have is they will be on the field too much. With the offense the Bengals have right now the defense will be expected to do a lot and I do not know if they can handle that right now. They are young and will be tested this season, and I just do not think over a 16 game season they will hold up.
The Bengals are just two years away from when they made the playoffs, but have went the other way. Cincinnati will struggle in 2011 and I do not see them doing much at all. It looks like they could be in a rebuilding phase for a couple of years now.