Shardening Claws; The Bengal Defense 2009

Lamar BoltonContributor IMay 27, 2009

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 1:  Cincinnati Bengals second round draft pick Rey Maualuga #58 listens to linebackers coach Jeff Fitgerald during rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 1, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

As most of the True blue Bengal fans know , up until last season the biggest weakness this team had was on the defensive side of the Ball. A Porous run defense that would allow opposing teams to eat up large chunks of clock and keep the Bengals high powered offense on the sidelines was the rule rather then the exception. when it was the exception during 2005 season , it required a record setting season of takeaways that would be hard to duplicate season to season .

The addition of USC Linebacker Rey Maualuga to the line-backing corp will certainly be a plus for last years Number1 Keith Rivers. If you remember Rivers season was cut short when he fell victim to one of Heinz Wards blind side shots that he has a rep for. being teamed with a College team mate should help both players out in raising their level of play. these two on the outside with retread Dhani Jones in the middle should make a formidable front line crew.

Up front the newest addition is Tank Johnson . Issues aside Johnson will fit in much better in Mike Zimmer's Four three scheme and will be a big help to the over abundance of speed rushers the Bengals have .

The Secondary has finally come of age last year , Hall and Joesph cut down on the big plays they gave and the addition of Roy Williams at Safety will only help things along. If this team can stuff the run enough to put the opposing team in second a long and third and long, they will hold up their end.