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Mike Zimmer isn’t happy with his defense

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The Bengals evened their record at 1-1 with a 34-27 win against the Browns in Week Two, but that didn’t mean everyone was happy with the performance.

At the top of the list of those less than enthused by the Bengals’ play is defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has watched his team give up more than 400 yards in the first two weeks and more than eight yards per first down play, numbers that would make any defensive coach express their disgust in much the same way that Zimmer did while speaking to the media.

“It’s not good. There’s lots of things we’re not doing good right now Every aspect of it surprises me,” Zimmer said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s everything. Technique, discipline, effort, responsibilities, everything. It’s a big problem. We don’t pass rush, pass cover, stop the run, stop the pass. We don’t tackle and play with enough effort.”

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

Zimmer said that there could be changes coming to the defensive lineup. It would help the Bengals if one of those changes was the return of defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the lineup after missing about a month with a sprained knee suffered in the preseason opener against the Jets.

One new player won’t fix everything for the Bengals defense, however, which means that Zimmer’s got his work cut out for him if he wants to avoid further frustrations in the weeks to come.

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9 Responses to “Mike Zimmer isn’t happy with his defense”
  1. l6ozbud says: Sep 18, 2012 9:31 AM

    Too many has beens and journeymen playing corner. Lack of experienced depth at defensive line. Terrible linebackers.. Other than that, the defense is great.

  2. jwil007 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:44 AM

    The defense is definitely struggling…Hopefully in the next few weeks we will see Dunlap, Jason Allen, Dontay Moch (4.3-40 3.5 sacks in the preseason) and Pat Sims all return….If we get these 4 guys back they will most definitely help the defense to improve…. High scoring game coming Sunday with Dalton and RG3…..

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 18, 2012 9:56 AM

    “It’s everything. Technique, discipline, effort, responsibilities, everything. It’s a big problem. We don’t pass rush, pass cover, stop the run, stop the pass. We don’t tackle and play with enough effort.”

    This is the great defense Bunghole fans have been raving about? :)

  4. joco45215 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:58 AM

    Ole number 58 needs to be a backup at best, he may had 10 tackles in the stat book…..but I seen 5 critical he whiffed on……corners are older, the guy from bama plays too much pickup basketball……been out a month himself….I also think a safety would help….pass rush would make them all look better but ole 58

  5. randomfan999 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:19 AM

    Rey Maualuga is proving that he is not equipped to be a MLB in the NFL. It’s time to move him out of there. Apparently Burfict has exceptional football sense. Maybe give him a shot in the middle and see what happens. He certainly can’t be any worse.

  6. tpkaufma says: Sep 18, 2012 11:09 AM

    Help the Bengals by firing that loser head coach Marvin Lewis. He’s a real zero and the team will never move forward until they have a real leader.

  7. footballchic777 says: Sep 18, 2012 11:47 AM

    Zimmer should be unhappy. Our D has been horrible! I know we have had a lot of on juries, but we have to move past that and adjust! Time to suck it up D and be the defense you should be!

  8. stoptrippn says: Sep 18, 2012 12:40 PM

    They benched Mays because of his penalty Monday night. Browns exploited the middle of the defense where Miles who replaced Mays. Dumb move by Zimmer.

  9. jamesstinnett says: Sep 19, 2012 9:40 AM

    Defense is gonna struggle all season.. But we will get better. Leon Hall isnt 100% and he will get better, getting Dunlap back will be huge, and Jason Allen, and Dre Kirk. will be big for the secondary when they get healthy. Where we are really terrible is Linebacker, Malaluga is aweful!! The guy just runs at the offfensive line as hard as he can and hopes something good happens. Watch the highlights of every game, you usually see Malaluga laying on his back, or completely missing a tackle.. Lawson is ok, but nothing to brag about. Then we have a bunch of back ups who are ok. This defense has nor had a beast at linebacker in a long time, and i really hope its something they look for in the near future.

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