Tank Johnson released by Bengals

AP

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.”

37 responses to “Tank Johnson released by Bengals

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
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    I said the D would be fine. But thanks for the shoutout.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.
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    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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?

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

  12. 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?
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    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.

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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