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Tank Johnson released by Bengals

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Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said on Monday that he’s convinced the Bengals will have a good defense this year.

If that happens, they are going to do it without defensive tackle Tank Johnson.

The team announced Tuesday they let go of the eight-year veteran. They also waived tight end Garrett Mills.   Johnson was something of a defensive leader for the Bengals the last few years, but he was returning from a knee injury that kept him out of nine games in 2010.

Zimmer, meanwhile, is still fired up after the 34-3 loss to start the preseason.

“I may be an idiot,” Zimmer said via Bengals.com. “But I know a good defense and a bad defense and we have a chance to be a good defense. I’m more convinced after I watched the tape. That’s OK. I like to be doubted.”

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37 Responses to “Tank Johnson released by Bengals”
  1. weightshakes says: Aug 16, 2011 9:31 AM

    Why would they release such a high-character guy?

  2. Kaz says: Aug 16, 2011 9:33 AM

    The D will be fine. The Bengals are an easy target. We let the td happen on the first drive on a circus catch by CJ. That was bad. The second TD was a circus catch but came when the 7th string rb fumbled the kickoff on the Bengals 10. The first team D went on to make stops the remainder of the time they were in. They’ll be fine.

  3. semperfi24 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:34 AM

    So, does that mean New England will sign a 20th Defensive Lineman?

  4. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:35 AM

    This is just an awful team period!

    Tank be grateful you can look for a new job buddy the Bengals are a joke.

  5. kfiz14 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:37 AM

    The Bungles are absolute trash.

  6. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 16, 2011 9:37 AM

    I guess he wasn’t doing enough to fill their off-season arrest quota. Shall we attribute that to the knee injury? On a related note, anyone (that be you Kaz) who says that the Bungles will be just “fine” this year, is someone who shouldn’t be heard by anyone.

  7. opie333 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:38 AM

    They Got a coach that needs to be released to!

  8. rajbais says: Aug 16, 2011 9:40 AM

    Yeah, but it was T.O. and Ochocinco’s fault that the “humble” Tank Johnson is gone!!!

    The 2009 Bengals were overrated because they only beat the Steelers when Troy Polamalu wasn’t healthy!!!

  9. pskotte says: Aug 16, 2011 9:44 AM

    While he was here he really did a good job on and off the field. His biggest problem was his frequent injuries kept him on the sideline too much. Best of luck, Tanks for everything.

  10. davemeisner says: Aug 16, 2011 9:50 AM

    The broncos just lost a DT Ty Warren for who knows how long. I wouldn’t be surprised if they at least work him out for insurance purposes.

  11. Kaz says: Aug 16, 2011 9:54 AM

    blastfurnaceknows says:
    Aug 16, 2011 9:37 AM
    I guess he wasn’t doing enough to fill their off-season arrest quota. Shall we attribute that to the knee injury? On a related note, anyone (that be you Kaz) who says that the Bungles will be just “fine” this year, is someone who shouldn’t be heard by anyone.
    ___

    I said the D would be fine. But thanks for the shoutout.

  12. blakeneyj says: Aug 16, 2011 9:58 AM

    Johnson to the Broncos

  13. dvnbstn says: Aug 16, 2011 10:04 AM

    Tank turned things around for himself in Cincy. I wish him and his family the best.

  14. heyguru1969 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:06 AM

    “I may be an idiot,” Zimmer said…

    ‘Nuff said.

  15. ace1716 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:06 AM

    Joe Banner is checking is check book balance as we speak

  16. demoderbydoug says: Aug 16, 2011 10:11 AM

    The funny thing is I bet the same people bashing the Bengals for releasing Tank are probably the same ones that bashed the Bengals for signing him. Go ahead and take your shots but I guarantee not one of them would be as loyal to their team as Bengals fans are. We remember the greatness of Paul Brown and what he meant to football.

  17. killxswitch says: Aug 16, 2011 10:16 AM

    He automatically becomes the top 4-3 NT because there are no other viable players at that position on the market. Someone will pick him up.

  18. drgfri says: Aug 16, 2011 10:21 AM

    Did he crash his Lamborghini again?

  19. thefiesty1 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:31 AM

    May be an idiot???? He’s with the Bengals, of course he’s an idiot.

  20. Kaz says: Aug 16, 2011 10:33 AM

    killxswitch says:
    Aug 16, 2011 10:16 AM
    He automatically becomes the top 4-3 NT because there are no other viable players at that position on the market. Someone will pick him up.
    __

    Yep and the same fans who are taking shots at him in this post will be applauding his signing in the one that announces he’s signed with there team. Got to love football fans.

  21. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 16, 2011 10:35 AM

    He must have forgot to get arrested this off season. You gotta have a rap sheet to wear the prison stripes in Cincy. The coach is average, but the ownership it what is killing that franchise.

  22. damnskins703 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:46 AM

    Good for them the Bengals needed to get rid of him that team has got rid of a lot of players the last two yrs hope it works out for them

  23. whooodeyyy says: Aug 16, 2011 10:49 AM

    killxswitch says:
    Aug 16, 2011 10:16 AM
    “He automatically becomes the top 4-3 NT because there are no other viable players at that position on the market. Someone will pick him up.”

    Since when was there a spot for a NT in a 4-3 defense?

  24. schmitty2 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:36 AM

    The Bengals are ridding themselves of players with rapsheets..unfortunetley if that continues they will not be able to field a whole team

  25. mojosmagic says: Aug 16, 2011 11:55 AM

    You R an idiot.

  26. destroyedbydansnyder says: Aug 16, 2011 12:06 PM

    Tank Johnson=Albert Haynesworth
    Haynesworth is destined for Cincy.

  27. bleedingblue18 says: Aug 16, 2011 12:46 PM

    whooodeyyy says: Aug 16, 2011 10:49 AM

    killxswitch says:
    Aug 16, 2011 10:16 AM
    “He automatically becomes the top 4-3 NT because there are no other viable players at that position on the market. Someone will pick him up.”

    Since when was there a spot for a NT in a 4-3 defense?
    ___________________________________
    Actually, and I won’t criticize too much because I just learned this, some 4-3 teams do use a NT. Teams like the Colts use a NT most of the time. It is about position on the line, not formation. “Nose tackles: Polian said he felt good about Antonio Johnson and Drake Nevis as the team’s nose tackle, suggesting he isn’t looking for anyone else.” From an article by Paul Kuharsky.

  28. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 16, 2011 12:52 PM

    Sure Looks like the Bengals are trying to get rid of all the loud mouth diva’s. Guess the big mouth big name formula didn’t work out so well. Guess they are passing the torch for the deviant diva team to the jokers in Pissburgh.

  29. fmwarner says: Aug 16, 2011 12:53 PM

    He’d be perfect for the new-look Bears defensive line…although he may have accomplished a little too much.

  30. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    as for Mr. Johnson, at least his nickname is fitting for where his career is heading.

  31. philtration says: Aug 16, 2011 1:03 PM

    So where are those Bengal fans that were thanking the Bears for cutting Johnson and Cedric Benson a couple of months ago?

  32. TurdSandwich says: Aug 16, 2011 1:17 PM

    So much Bengal hate.. If I recall correctly The Bengals were joined by every other team besides Green Bay on the couch when they visited the White House.

  33. whooodeyyy says: Aug 16, 2011 1:49 PM

    bleedingblue18 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 12:46 PM
    whooodeyyy says: Aug 16, 2011 10:49 AM

    killxswitch says:
    Aug 16, 2011 10:16 AM
    “He automatically becomes the top 4-3 NT because there are no other viable players at that position on the market. Someone will pick him up.”

    Since when was there a spot for a NT in a 4-3 defense?
    ___________________________________
    Actually, and I won’t criticize too much because I just learned this, some 4-3 teams do use a NT. Teams like the Colts use a NT most of the time. It is about position on the line, not formation. “Nose tackles: Polian said he felt good about Antonio Johnson and Drake Nevis as the team’s nose tackle, suggesting he isn’t looking for anyone else.” From an article by Paul Kuharsky.

    The Colt’s use a NT in a 4-3? Thats different. Must explain why they were 25th in the league against the run last year.

  34. thespeaker08 says: Aug 16, 2011 1:57 PM

    A Panther in 2 days.

  35. ernestbynershands says: Aug 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    Mike Brown upholding his commitment to a couple more players.
    How long until the Bengals are competing in the MAC or the Ohio Valley Conference?
    Oh, did I say competing, I meant how long til they are a member of one of those conferences.

  36. hobartbaker says: Aug 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    The Tank is empty.

  37. bonniebengal says: Aug 16, 2011 6:14 PM

    Oh joy. More “clever” Bengals arrest jokes.

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