1. Lou Anarumo
Bring on the incursion: apologies, spoiler alert. Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo is the Doctor Strange of this particular Multiverse of Madness. He has three different crazy worlds to play within. Look for him to wield all three levels of the defense against the opposing offenses in his not-so-Secret Invasion in an attempt to get to the quarterback more often this year.
Anarumo has versatile secondary players like Hilton, Anderson, Taylor-Britt, and Hall, who can pressure quarterbacks from the secondary. In addition, he will look to get the most out of pass-rushing linebackers like Wells and Hicks.
Also, hopefully, last year’s draft picks, Joseph Ossai and Wyatt Hubert, can return healthy and show at the NFL level what they were able to do at the college level so well. That is, taking down the opposing quarterback.
Anarumo is going to have a lot of fast and versatile players working in cohesion to do one thing, which is attacking the quarterback.
And like a musical virtuoso masterfully orchestrating each note, Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator will be able to attack quarterbacks in the same way as our 616 Doctor Strange did against Sinister Strange.
So this season, be sure to expect more of this…
Yes, the Bengals can challenge the Steelers for the league lead in sacks this season. However, it will not happen on the back of one player like T.J. Watt in Pittsburgh. Instead, it will be a team effort.
Wouldn’t it be great to win the AFC North while simultaneously wrestling away the hated rivals’ grip on the NFL sack title?