When Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco Johnson both moved on from Cincinnati heading into 2011 it looked like the Bengals could be in for another long season. But then a strange thing happened: Andy Dalton started finding AJ Green on a regular basis, the defense occasionally stepped up and suddenly this once-moribund franchise was being competitive every week.
There are still holes on this roster. But the Dalton-to-Green combination has Bengals fans and observers as optimistic as they’ve been in years. So how do the Bengals keep moving forward and avoid taking another step back? Josh Kirkendall, senior editor for the Cincy Jungle, gave us his thoughts.
Zoneblitz: Will Andy Dalton and AJ Green repeat the success of their rookie years?
Josh Kirkendall: One can only hope that they’ll avoid the sophomore slump, but the fact that offensive coordinator Jay Gruden declined head coaching jobs, only bodes well for that cohesiveness and familiarity for both second-year players. But the Bengals...