How Leon Hall’s Season-Ending Injury Shuffles Cincinnati Bengals’ Secondary

October 30, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Cincinnati Bengals finally placed cornerback Leon Hall on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday after tearing his Achilles tendon against the Detroit Lions, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com. This decision was not a surprise move by the team. However, what may come as a surprise to many is the way that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will be using members of the secondary going forward.
The vacant spot left by Hall is not as enormous as it seems—Cincinnati is fortunate enough to be very deep in the defensive secondary. Veteran corner Terence Newman will continue his responsibilities on the outside, Adam Jones will slide to the outside to complement Newman and a mix of Chris Crocker and Dre Kirkpatrick will fill the slot position.
To put it simply, there is not a single player that will take over for Hall—this will be a team effort.
Zimmer's unorthodox—yet effective—schemes were well on display during the Bengals 49-9 drubbing of the N...

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