Good Can Turn to Better: Fourth-Ranked Bengal Defense Will Be Improved

July 14, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Normally, a team with all 11 starters coming back on defense wouldn’t make many splashes in the offseason. Then again, most teams aren’t the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cincinnati finished fourth in the NFL last season in yards per game, allowing just over 300 per game. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s troops also only allowed 19 points a game, fifth-fewest the NFL.
Thus, the main focus early in the offseason was bringing back several players that contributed to the success of the Orange and Black’s defensive unit. The team re-signed starting defensive tackle Tank Johnson and starting strong safety Roy Williams. They also brought back defensive end Frostee Rucker, linebacker Abdul Hodge, and cornerback David Jones, all of whom played significant roles as backups and spot starters last season.
Heading into April’s draft, one of the major spots where the Bengals wanted to improve defensively was getting pressure on the quarterback. Cincinnati walke...

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