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Life in the Bengals front office was good in 2015.

Despite a fourth-consecutive playoff loss, a young nucleus of players was developing into one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. They extended the quarterback and boasted one of the game’s best receivers.

The defense continued to play at a top-10 level, and all signs pointed to a potentially special 2015 season.Authentic Karlos Dansby Jersey,

Plus, the Bengals’ draft that year set up to open the next window for this franchise. Compensatory picks created an extra selection in the third and fourth rounds. Piling up mid-round picks in the past produced names like Michael Johnson and Geno Atkins,Authentic Keanu Neal Jersey Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

Director of player personnel Duke Tobin and the Bengals staff had put together a string of five drafts unrivaled in top-to-bottom productivity in franchise history.

Seemed as though the rich were getting richer.Authentic Takkarist McKinley Jersey

Both on the field and off it,womens Deion Jones Jersey, life changes fast in the NFL. The current Bengals – 11-16-1 the last two seasons– stand as living proof.

In the world of the draft-and-develop philosophy,Authentic Jalen Collins Jersey, it can change in one weekend. For both good and bad. Unproductive drafts have ripple effects. They close windows. Home run classes blow them open. And a personnel department must always be ready to adjust accordingly.

Partly the 2014 draft class and definitely the 2015 class own responsibility for the Bengals’ current situation. It’s unfair to think any personnel staff could continue on the blistering pace the Bengals did from 2009-13 on draft weekends. But nonetheless they cause problems when the return to ordinary unfolds.。Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey

“It’s hard to predict the future with these guys, Tobin said. “The expectation everyone is going to come in and be a Pro Bowler and achieve the results you want to achieve isn’t realistic. There’s a lot of guys that maybe haven’t done it as much as we would have liked for them to have done at this point,Authentic Duke Riley Jersey but we are not giving up on them. As long as they are here they are going to be coached hard and expected to contribute.”

In 2015, with tackles Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth entering the back side of their careers and Jones/Sanu both about to enter free agency, offensive tackle and receiver were at the top of the team’s priority list. womens Duke Riley Jersey,”

Depth at tight end and safety followed with Jermaine Gresham leaving and uncertainty around the future of George Iloka and Reggie Nelson entering contract years. Shawn Williams had yet to be a regular starter.womens Takkarist McKinley Jersey

And there’s a good chance only Kroft receives a second contract with the team – which would be modest by tight end standards. You could hear an argument for Fisher or Ogbuehi earning a deal if they ever turn the corner. They haven’t yet and the clock nears midnight for those decisions.womens Keanu Neal Jersey,

Getting only minor contributions from a string of mid-round picks and not finding a receiver have ripple effects. They force the hand in priorities of future drafts and the need to alter the always small free-agent strategy. womens Karlos Dansby Jersey,'

Marvin Lewis said he talks to his son, Marcus, who is on the Bengals staff as a defensive assistant, about how some players just need a change of scenery to bring out of them what the Bengals saw when drafting. Players not succeeding in Cincinnati doesn’t make those picks indefensible. ,womens Austin Hooper Jersey

For example he still holds out hope for Dawson,Authentic Deion Jones Jerseycurrently on the Seahawks practice squad.

“He will get it nowwomens Jalen Collins Jersey, but it took him too long (here),'Lewis said. “Just like Ahmad Brooks. He’s still playing. He couldn’t quite get it here. But when you hit the street there is a different perspective that comes about and some times guys need that … sometimes a guy needs a change of scenery to figure it out. That’s not a bad thing.”

ThoughAuthentic Sean Harlow Jersey it’s not great for the drafting team and can make life difficult on the coach. Playing the game between giving young players an opportunity to prove themselves for the long run or possibly failing and contributing to losses in the short term becomes the challenging balance for the head coach.

“The key element is to not force a square peg in a round hole,” Lewis said. “Looking to the next better player – rather than this position or that position – is important. Along with that comes responsibility of us as coaches,womens Sean Harlow Jersey, as me to ownership a lot of times. They want to see the development. As a position coach you’d like to have the guy in your room for 10 years.”

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