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John Ross thinks Bengals can ‘flip the script’ like the 49ers

Bengals, John Ross

The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t had much success in quite some time, but that isn’t keeping John Ross from being confident. Prior to free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft, Ross believes that the Bengals can have a rapid turnaround similar to the San Francisco 49ers.

“It’s become the norm for the media to attack a team that doesn’t do that well,” Ross said, via the team’s website. “It’s not OK, but it comes with the territory. Once we start doing better, we’ll flip the script just like the San Francisco 49ers. Two years ago they won four games. Now they go play in a Super Bowl. That can be very much anyone’s story. Just how hard you work in the offseason and how well the team comes together. We’ll see where the next couple of months go.”

The speedy wideout made this comment in response to people that are informing Joe Burrow to avoid going to the Bengals with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. As someone who was a first-round selection in Cincinnati, Ross thinks the team can replicate what the 49ers just achieved.

Just two years ago, the 49ers went 4-12 and were awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Then, in 2019, San Francisco boasted a 13-3 record and made an appearance in the Super Bowl.

On the other hand, the Bengals haven’t made the postseason since 2015. In addition, for Cincinnati to advance to a Super Bowl, they would need to do something they haven’t done since 1990 — win a playoff game.

Even if Burrow ultimately joins the Bengals, they have more glaring holes on the roster. Despite Ross’s confidence, it’s tough to envision Cincinnati rapidly becoming a contender in the AFC.