CINCINNATI (AP) Defensive end Carlos Dunlap couldn't resist having a little fun. He reached his large right hand into the group of reporters interviewing Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and rubbed his thumb and forefinger together.
Yeah, Bernard has more money as part of his three-year contract extension through 2019. He still doesn't have a playoff win, though, and that's the most interesting part of the Bengals' strategy.
They've kept the core of the team intact despite losing first-round playoff games each of the last five seasons, an NFL record. No other team has lost more than three first-round games in a row. The Bengals are 0-7 under Marvin Lewis, which is an NFL record for a coach. They haven't won a playoff game in 25 years, the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in league history.