Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) jumps over Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) during the third quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Bolster the secondary and linebacker depth:
Whether it’s through the draft or through free agency, we need an upgrade at safety and more depth and youth at CB. Our other area of concern on the defensive side of the ball is at linebacker. A play making safety in our secondary would ensure this defense stayed at the top next season.
During the 2013 draft, I was hoping the Bengals would take a chance on Tyrann Mathieu at the top of the second-round, and what a pick that would have been.
Margus Hunt hasn’t had much playing time so it is hard to tell what we have with him, but I am positive that safety was a bigger need at that point in the draft then DL.
Mathieu would have been an ideal fit for Mike Zimmer as he could of used him very creatively and been a real playmaker in our secondary, whether it was blitzing, forcing fumbles or flying to the ball. Hopefully Hunt comes on strong in his second season.
Our starting linebackers have made leaps and bounds this season, especially Vontaze Burfict, but beyond our starters we have a great player in Vinnie Rey and that’s about where it ends.
James Harrison is only getting older and should probably be more of a situational type player at this point in time. Some youth and overall upgrade in pass rush and coverage ability at OLB would be more than welcome.
I also still think Burfict should be playing on the inside.