In the past four years, the Bengals had made the playoffs three times, and it’s looking like the Bengals will be there for a third year in a row. However, all of those playoff games ended with early exits in the first round. Mike Zimmer has transformed this defense into one of the best in the league, getting the most out of his players and using solid rotations.
His schemes work well with the players around him and he has even revived the careers of numerous cast offs. However, there is a blemish on his defensive coordinator pedigree; the fact that his defense does not do well in the post season.
In the Bengals last three playoff games, they have only two sacks combined in all the games. They also only recorded one turnover and have given up at least 340 yards during each game. Last year, the bengals defense was run over for 158 yards on the ground.
The Texans accumulated 420 total yards on the Bengals defense last year. The bengals defense also gave up 353 yards to the Jets in 2009, a team that was 20th in the league on offense. While Zimmer has stepped up in the regular season, it appears his defense just doesn’t have the same fire and technique it does during the regular season.