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Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC North Division—but lost their wild card game. Again. In fact, the Bengals are winless in the post-season since 2011. But the Bengals are poised to shake off their playoff woes, thanks to some offseason training tweaks.
During the offseason, the Bengals had two main goals as a team: to utilize sports technology to improve performance, and to stay healthy, according to Bengals strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton. With the regular season approaching, Morton says the squad has pretty much accomplished those goals.
“If you had positive changes during the off-season, then you have to address those similar training patterns during the competitive season,” says Morton. “We’ve got a really good off-season program and the challenge is to keep a really good in-season program."
Here’s a closer look at how five training factors may bring the Bengals over the wild-card hump.