Bengals open camp Thursday, Lewis begins 12th season

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs three straight years and four of the last five. But Cincinnati has not been able to come away with a playoff win.

"I feel it." said Bengals' President Mike Brown. It's something that if you do what I'm doing, you carry around in the back of your mind all year long. We were a solid team last year. We thought we were going to be able to do it and we didn't."

in 2014, Cincinnati will boast one of the best young defenses in the league and quarterback Andy Dalton will be surrounded by a ton of talent. Coach Marvin Lewis knows Dalton is under a lot of pressure to take the next step up and take his team with him.

"He was the starting quarterback here." said Lewis. "He became the leader of the offense, then he became the leader of the football team. He's now confident in that skin to continue to do that."

Hue Jackson, who takes over as offensive coordinator is confident with Dalton. "Hes had success, different type of success. Hes had some failure, but that's what makes good quarterbacks in the National Football League. Now it's time to go take that next jump in his career and I think we can get that done."

Lewis is entering his twelfth year with the Bengals. He says it'll be the most challenging season yet for three reasons.... The team's expectations, the schedule, and the way the schedule unfolds. "We don't get to start where we left off, our guys understand that." said Lewis. "We're going to have to be on point, we're going to have to be ready to go early. We're going to have to win each football game literally one play, one week, one possession at a time, and that's what's important."

The Bengals begin training camp Thursday on their practice fields at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati opens the season at Baltimore. New England, Denver and New Orleans are all on the schedule.

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