Cincinnati Bengals: The Linebacker Conundrum

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Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Karlos Dansby (58) looks on during a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

 

While the Bengals make appear poised to become legitimate contenders in 2013, one position that is still very clouded is at linebacker. Bringing in the likes of Akeem Jordan, James Harrison, and Karlos Dansby in for visits in the span of a week is a good indicator that the team is just as concerned as we are, and you have to wonder exactly what they have planned.

Out of the three players to visit, Dansby is clearly the best option, but where would they play him? As Joe Reedy points out, he would be the best fit, simply because you can play him at any of the three LB spots:

It is an interesting question, but he does have plenty of versatility in a 4-3 defense and can play all three spots.
During his first three years in Arizona, he played the SAM and then moved to WIL for two years. Arizona went to a 3-4 in 2009 and he has been an inside linebacker ever since.
Dansby signed with Miami in 2010 and was an inside backer in a 3-4. When former Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle was hired as the Fins defensive coordinator last year, Miami went to a 4-3 and Dansby was a middle linebacker.
In other words, if Marvin Lewis is to be believed about keeping things the way they are, it could be Dansby at SAM, Maualuga in the middle and Burfict at WIL.

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