‘Next year we will earn our stripes,’ Bengals president says

‘Next year we will earn our stripes,’ Bengals president says
Officials say 12,000 fans were allowed inside Paul Brown Stadium Sunday. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Bengals President Mike Brown said he is optimistic about next season as he seems to show support for coach Zac Taylor.

He said the team remains bullish on the foundation Taylor is building, despite six total wins over the last two years.

“Our fans wanted a fresh new direction two years ago, and that is what we aimed to do in hiring a bright, energetic head coach in Zac Taylor. We look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want. In Zac’s two years, we have added many new starters and contributors through the draft, we have invested heavily in free agency, and we have acquired a talented young quarterback with a bright future,” Brown said in a statement.

The Bengals finished the season Sunday with a 4-11-1 record.

Brown said the team faced injuries with key position injuries and missed opportunities.

“I am proud of our football team for fighting hard through adversity. That adversity and hard work will help us next season. We’ll enter the offseason looking to shore up our weaknesses and amplify the strengths of our talented young core. We are not discouraged, but instead, feel motivated and confident that next year will reap the benefits of the work that has been done to date. We must capitalize on the opportunities in front of us. Next year we will earn our stripes,” he said.

Since being hired as the Bengals coach, Taylor’s overall record is 6-25-1.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow gave his thoughts on where he thinks the franchise is heading.

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