Evan Silva of Roto World listed defensive end as one of the biggest needs for the Bengals in the upcoming draft, citing their need to add another pass-rusher for nickel-packages:
Both of the Bengals’ 2012 starters at defensive end have expiring contracts. Carlos Dunlap can take left end Robert Geathers’ place, but Cincinnati may have to use the franchise tag to retain right end Michael Johnson. Even if Johnson returns, an explosive nickel rusher would be a welcomed addition to coordinator Mike Zimmer’s defense. Depth is a concern either way.
When Hue Jackson was promoted to running backs coach and special assistant to the head coach, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was excited to welcome him to the offensive side of the ball:
We welcome him to our side. He’s coached some good players in his day. He brings some unique perspective to the running game,” Gruden said. “The more ideas, the merrier. We’ll try to get some things we can sink our teeth into and move forward.
We’ve got good core concepts here and a good talented team that’s only going to get better. We feel very positive about the future on our side of the ball from the players’ standpoint. It’s not about the coaches, it’s about the players and I think our guys are gaining more confidence and momentum with more experience they get.