27. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals ranked near the top of the list when it comes to the most disappointing teams from the 2016 season after failing to make the playoffs, despite arguably having one of the top overall teams on paper. For reasons that can never be explained, the organization continues to give Marvin Lewis more chances he deserves, and if the head coach wasn’t already feeling the pressure heading into 2017, just imagine what he’s feeling after losing two of his top offensive lineman in free agency.
Losing Andrew Whitworth (Los Angeles Rams) and Kevin Zeitler (Cleveland Browns) in free agency was a major blow for this unit, and even though Cincinnati believes they will still end up being fine, it doesn’t take away from the fact the team is losing two of the best lineman the NFL has to offer. There’s a reason why the Rams and Browns were willing to pay so much money to land these two stars, as the Bengals will need to make the necessary adjustments to make sure Andy Dalton remains healthy next season.
On another note, at least Cincinnati was able to strike a deal with Dre Kirkpatrick for the next five years to make sure they team doesn’t have any issues at cornerback. He may not be one of the top cornerbacks in the league, but at least it’s better than nothing at this point for the Bengals.