The Cincinnati Bengals are emerging as contenders in the AFC and could make a run at the AFC North crown this season. While positive projections of the team are exciting, expectations can be hard to overcome.
“One of the hardest things to overcome is expectations,” Bengals cornerback Terence Newman said, via Cincinnati.com. “I think it’s easy when you’re the underdog because you have to work, people are discrediting you.”
Newman of coursed was a part of numerous talented Dallas Cowboys teams that seemed to consistently under achieve. That lack of success with so much talent could be slightly as a result of lofty expectations thrown on the team every summer.
As far as the talent on this team, it’s unparalleled,” Newman said. “You can look at different teams and say, ‘Well they’ve got this, they’ve got this.’ We have just as good as anybody else.”
Some of his teammates aren’t quite as worried about the expectations.
“I think we have a good, grounded group,” Leon Hall said. “I think even going into the offseason when we start working out, you still see guys working out as hard as they could. You still see some guys come early and stay late.”