Overview

 

  1. Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
  2. Defensive Coordinator: Paul Guenther
  3. Defensive Back Coach: Mark Carrier
  4. Base Defense Scheme: 4-3
  5. Transactions: Terrance Newman left via Free Agency
  6. Draft Picks: CB Josh Shaw, S Derron Smith

 

Projected Starters

 

CornerBack # 1: Leon Hall
CornerBack # 2: Dre Kirkpatrick
Strong Safety : Reggie Nelson
Free Safety : George Iloka

 

Backups/ Potential Starters: Pacman Jones, Darquese Dennard, Josh Shaw, Derron Smith

The Numbers

 

Total Fantasy Points Allowed to WR: 297.28

Average Fantasy Points Per game against to WR: 18.58

Total Receiving Touchdowns Allowed: 11

Total Receiving Yards Allowed:2,277

Average Receiving yards per game against: 142.31

 

Strengths

 

The Bengals secondary lost veteran Terrence Newman this offseason, but this shouldn’t affect them in a huge way. Last season, this unit was very efficient despite a weak outing from the defensive line. This speaks volume if you ask me because this translates to quarterbacks having more time to pass the ball. Even though the defensive line struggled to get to the quarterback (NFL low 20 sacks), this secondary allowed the third fewest passing touchdowns (18). Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones will cover the outside, while Reggie Nelson and George Iloka take care of the safety position. Nelson is one of the better safeties in the league and the veteran should continue to hold the fort in the deep end. George Iloka has developed into a strong run defender but also grades out quite well in pass coverage which adds another dynamic into the secondary. Second year CB Darqueze Dennard could see an increased role this season. He didn’t play much last season, but has impressed this offseason and during training camp.

 

Weaknesses

 

The Bengals return a veteran defensive backfield with no real holes to plug early in the season. They have adequate depth at all positions with backups still being above replacement level players.

 

 

Overall Outlook

The Bengals have some easier matchups to start the season so they will definitely be a unit to avoid in the beginning of the year. I have faith in the consistency of this defensive backfield and think that Marvin Lewis has assembled a unit that he trusts and allows to make plays. If the pass rush from this front 7 improves then they should be able to improve even more on their already adequate numbers from 2014.