My Thoughts at the Halfway Point: Defense

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There were some changes in the secondary in the 2012 offseason, but it remains a question mark. Leon Hall is still the best cornerback on the team, but could still be recovering from last year’s injury. Nate Clements and Terence Newman provide a veteran presence, and Newman has the only interceptions by CBs this year. Pacman Jones also sees time. At safety, Reggie Nelson was brought back, while Chris Crocker was signed a few weeks ago because there was a lack of production from the safeties who were on the roster. He has had some nice moments, but isn’t the long term solution. The Bengals spent their first overall pick on Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick but injuries have rendered him inactive for most of the season. The problem with the secondary is speed and lack of 1-on-1 ability. Fast WRs give the Bengals CBs fits and our safeties tend to find themselves too out of position to help. Crocker is better at the line of scrimmage, and Nelson lacks the ability to cover by himself. This, combined with an overall lack of a pass rush is giving opposing QBs time to pick apart the defense. Kirkpatrick’s health, combined with a need for a safety are the biggest concerns here.

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