The Cincinnati Bengals are focusing on the alkali's heel of every Bengals team since the 1988-1989 Super Bowl team. The Defense of the Bengals may prove to be the biggest Improvement in the the AFC North if not the entire NFL.
The Bengals have Drafted, Re-signed, and dipped into the free agent market like never before. The return of Chris Crocker and Robert Gathers and Domato Peko among familiar faces should be just the tip of the ice berg. Roy williams and Tank Johnson should make an immediate impact and give depth to a team which won its final three games of the season. The drafting of Smith and Maualuga should also have a noticeable contribution this season. The corners are another year wiser and a little more seasoned. Leon hall and Jonathan Joseph were great at times and should have make or break years this year.
I think that the games the Bengals lost by 7 or fewer points last year become wins this year with a greatly improved Defense. I think the margin of points that the Bengals lost by, have been overlooked often and under estimated. The Cincinnati Bengals played several teams well only to lose towards the end of the game by a late score. These teams ended up in the playoffs with great frequency. The team was much better than its 4-12 Record might indicate.
The big change in the defense will be its ability to pressure the Quarterback and to avoid the big play, all while getting back to causing more turnovers and mental mistakes. In 2005, the key to that Division crown weighed heavily on the defense being able to cause the frequent turnover.
In closing , I think you will find a more aggressive and harder hitting defensive side of the ball. Time will tell and so will you the readers, feel free to drop a comment or two.