Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer is not an easy man to please. He’s the architect behind the NFL’s 6th-best defense in terms of total yardage allowed, so getting his attention is hard, but he did like what he saw this weekend from second-round defensive end Margus Hunt:
He’s got a lot of physical skills. He’s smart. He catches on. He can run. I told him yesterday, he kind of has to know who he is. He’s not a wiggle guy, he’s a power guy. He’s strong, physical, he’s got good arms. Great strength and great speed, so he has to know what he is. He’s not going to juke somebody. He’s got to power on them, make them sit down, and then be able to make moves off of it.
As for Hunt, he’s adjusted well and isn’t being overwhelmed by his first NFL experiences despite the fact he started playing football just four years ago:
It’s everything I’ve been expecting. It’s just the fact I need to learn to play this defense. I’ve been taught one way for the last four years, it’s a matter of getting used to it. Coach Hayes is teaching it one way and I’ve been taught the other way; my feet are kind of all over the place.
You have to learn how to practice. In college, it’s pretty much with shoulder pads all the time, not with just helmets. Here you have to learn how to protect yourself and other people.