The 2013 campaign ultimately ended up in disappointment for the Bengals. Having competed well and been effective in winning the AFC North, they once again catapulted in the postseason.
In allowing San Diego to come to Cincinnati and win they opened up a series of cracks and questions that need to be addressed heading into 2014.
With a new coaching staff in place and a quarterback in Andy Dalton who divides opinion, the Bengals organization must take some tough decisions before they can begin to consider going one step further in the postseason next year.
So what are these questions? Here are the most pressing issues to resolve.