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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Munoz: Bengals 'a long shot' this year

By Jamison Hensley

Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz considers the Bengals "a long shot" to make a serious run this year, but believes there is a bright future for the team.

Munoz, who played for the Bengals from 1980 to 1992, said the team has a chance to contend because of the defense and the veterans on offense.

"I don't know how far [they can go] ... but I think there is a long shot," Munoz said on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning. "I don't think their chances are as great this year as maybe next year, but I think they still have a shot this year."

Munoz has been impressed with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. "This kid has come in and it's his offense," Munoz said. "He's taken control. You see his leadership characteristics. You see his poise. You see his understanding of the game. He can be a factor in this league for a long time."

The Bengals (7-4) have a one game lead for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC with five games remaining. Cincinnati plays at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

"It's finally come together," Munoz said. "They're playing as a team. You can see the continuity and the chemistry, which to me, hasn't been there."