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Bengals won’t change much on defense

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The Bengals have a pair of new coordinators and there’s been speculation that the offense will have a different look with Hue Jackson calling the plays than it did when Jay Gruden was the man in charge.

New defensive coordinator Paul Guenther says that won’t be the case on defense. Guenther worked under Mike Zimmer for several years and saw the success that Zimmer’s units have had in Cincinnati, which means he won’t be trying to fix unbroken things about the unit.

“Our defense isn’t going to change,” Guenther said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Our players know it. I know it. I’ll put a couple new wrinkles in where I think we were a little vanilla in some areas. I will change a little bit of things.”

Guenther said that he doesn’t anticipate doing a lot more blitzing than Zimmer did, although that’s one area where there could be some change in Cincinnati. Otherwise, it sounds like it will mostly be about plugging players into their spots and letting them go pretty much as they have over the last few years. Given three trips to the playoffs driven by the defense in the last three years, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

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17 Responses to “Bengals won’t change much on defense”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 24, 2014 10:43 AM

    If Cincy’s offense ever manages to catch up with their defense, thy might actually win a playoff game.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 24, 2014 10:48 AM

    This team is in serious trouble. Without the Zim-led D, that unit will be average-at-best. Combo that with a dalton, and they’ll struggle to win 5 games next year.

  3. floratiotime says: Feb 24, 2014 11:15 AM

    His defense knowledge may be suspect, but I bet he can find all the buffets.

  4. deathonwings410 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:27 AM

    That defense was still good even without Geno Atkins and Leon Hall down the stretch last year. Their offense just has to get their crap together in big games.

  5. aldavis4president says: Feb 24, 2014 11:46 AM

    Hue Jackson will make that offense play like it supposed to. He made Jason cambell look like a probowler.

  6. thefox61 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:59 AM

    Let me get this straight, what you’re saying is the Bengals will be essentially the same team, right?
    So, we can expect essentially the same results.

  7. suckramento91six says: Feb 24, 2014 12:05 PM

    Did he just say he was adding sprinkles to the vanilla

  8. ajgreenhof says: Feb 24, 2014 12:20 PM

    If it isn’t broke…

  9. doubleogator says: Feb 24, 2014 12:25 PM

    Is that Chris Christie???

  10. stoptrippn says: Feb 24, 2014 12:28 PM

    Now this guy loves Taylor Mays. Thankful

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 24, 2014 12:56 PM

    I can think of at least one change needed – teach your punter how to tackle without getting lit up.

  12. raiderapologist says: Feb 24, 2014 1:29 PM

    Norm!

  13. surfinbird1 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:33 PM

    It will all work out fine. Keep your chins up.

  14. johnnyb1976 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:39 PM

    Steeler fans are still bitter lol

  15. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 24, 2014 3:22 PM

    Remind me which AFCN teams haven’t seen the playoffs in years. The Browns and…

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    So I guess it will be 16 and 1 again with that formula. Sorta like the geno Atkins diet.

  17. natijim235 says: Feb 27, 2014 9:30 PM

    OMG it’s Norm from Cheers!

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