Bengals 2012 Positional Pros and Cons: Defense

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Jun 12, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer talks to cornerback Jason Allen (25) during work outs at mini camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

The previous installment of these articles touched upon the positional pros and cons on the offensive side of the ball. Now it’s time for the defense. During the offseason, the Bengals made a number of moves on the defensive side of the ball. There are a lot of new faces this year, and some familiar faces have gone to other teams via free agency.

The Bengals defense still has certain question marks surrounding it, and we will get to those later in the article. Mike Zimmer has run a solid defense since joining the Bengals and will continue to run his schemes and show tough love for all of his players. It is up to him to make sure that the new faces on the defensive side of the ball are ready to play come opening day. There is a nice mix of veterans and young players on this team, so Zimmer will not have to go at it alone, as the players who have been around the system will help instill the defensive styling upon the new players inCincinnati. Let’s get started at taking a look at each defensive position and breaking them down into strengths and weaknesses. Here are the Bengals’ defensive pros and cons.

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