Will 2016 finally be the season where the Cincinnati Bengals fulfil their promise and take out their inaugural Super Bowl title? After clinching the AFC North with a comfortable 24-14 win against old foes San Francisco, the Ohio franchise is as well placed to compete for the ultimate prize as any this campaign. With an offence that is clicking with an established squad of players, no outfit will relish a Bengals matchup.
Consistency is the common thread that marks Cincinnati this decade. Few can match their record of 6 consecutive playoff appearances (2011-2016), but for all their domestic dominance the Bengals haven’t had any joy to speak of in the turn of the new year. Their only AFC Championship wins have come in 1981 and 1988 where they went on to lose the Super Bowl to the 49ers. This is a team and a fan base absolutely desperate to put silverware in the trophy cabinet.
Since their establishment in 1966 by former Browns coach Paul Brown, his son Mike Brown took the ownership reigns with his father’s death in 1991. It’s been in stable hands, yet without the glory to dine out on, the pressure is mounting to make this period a time to remember fondly for the Bengals rather than another season of regret. With the likes of Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Vontaze Burfict and Giovani Bernard leading the side, Marvin Lewis’s men won’t have any excuses.
So who have been the long suffering supporters and reporters covering the franchise? These are the top Cincinnati Bengals Twitter accounts you should be following as the franchise makes a tilt at the Super Bowl in 2016.
- Jay Morrison @JayMorrisonCMG
Whether it’s taking snaps at Cincinnati practice or publishing practice reports as soon as he gets his hands on them, Jay Morrison covers the beat like a pro. Working for Cox Media Group, the Ohio University graduate has been covering all things Bengals on Twitter since 2008 and any fan of the franchise would be best advised to give Jay a follow if they want the inside gossip straight from the horses mouth.
- Cincy Jungle @CincyJungle
The SB Nation umbrella stretches far and wide in the online American sports landscape and Cincy Jungle is a tremendous one-stop-shop for all things Bengals. Coming complete with an Inside The Jungle podcast, all of the 12,500 followers of the Twitter profile are treated to instant player reactions, opinion pieces, stats, pictures and way more. The account run by Rebecca Toback is one of the best in the league.
- Paul Dehner Jr. @pauldehnerjr
It’s an exciting time to be clicking on Cincinnati.com right now with the team in this form, so Paul Dehner Jr. deserves a lot of credit for feeding the masses with daily content with a great amount of speed and consistency. Paul is a writer and video host for the Cincinnati Enquirer and his connections with the club are invaluable to delivering on-the-minute news as long as he’s been doing since 2009 via social media. If Paul writes it or says it, then take it as Bengals gospel.
- Dan Hoard @Dan_Hoard
Dan Hoard, AKA the voice for the Legion of Boom, is a diehard orange crush fan who tells it like it is. His blog Heard It From Hoard delves deep into the stats, the quotes and big plays to analyse all of the intricacies from a game and where it places the club at any given moment. As he explains in his latest piece prior to Denver, it’s “substance over style.” Dan comes complete with a ton of commentary and information, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on what he sees going into the playoffs.
- Coley Harvey @ColeyHarvey
ESPN NFL reporters get an unfair advantage. The top VIP level access opens doors that others desperately try but usually fail to get, and Coley Harvey is the official Bengals beat man on the scene to follow if Cincinnati is your thing. Coley has his finger on the pulse and anything that goes live onto the ESPN site from him will be tweeted through his account. The way 2015 has shaped up for the Bengals, chances are Harvey’s 16,700 followers will be reading a lot more good news and insights from the reporter in 2016.
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