The Cincinnati Bengals Biggest 2009 Transactions
I will rank the the good and the bad transactions the Bengals have had this offseason that will make some of the biggest shifts in their playbook.
Including some very good offensive moves that will help returning Carson Palmer.
And some good defensive pick-ups that will only improve a defense that's on the rise.
WR Laveranues Coles
Coles will have a big part in the offensive side of the ball for the Bengals this year. Not only is he replacing T.J. Houshmandzedah, but he also has to become our most reliable receiver. Which includes being clutch on third downs.
If Ochocinco remains a threat, Coles will have the advantage of Chad being double teamed, and the defense will still then have to worry about Chris Henry.
Whitworth To LT & Rookie Andre Smith To RT
This will be a huge part of Cincinnati's scheme right there.
If this works on the offensive line it would be the key to their success. If Palmer can stay up right and make throws and if we can have an effective running game to compliment the pass, it could be a very good offense.
RB/FB Brian Leonard
With the addition of Leonard to the Bengals rushing game, it could mean great things.
With Cedric Benson starting to pick up his true potenial at the end of last year, adding a power, third down back will make for an impressive rush that will improve rest the offense.
USC Linebackers: Rey Maualuga & Keith Rivers
Keith Rivers returning with a past teammate Rey Maualuga, both are very explosive linebackers.
Keith Rivers, the Bengals first round pick in 2008, will return after a season ending injury very early in his first season.
Rey Maualuga, the Bengals second round pick this year, who was projected as a first round pick, will be welcomed. Maualuga coming out of USC (like Rivers) was one of the most feared linebackers in the nation last year.
These two players behind the DL should be magic. They won't need much chemistry and expect great hits from these two big hitters.
I expect Rivers to start as WLB and Maualuga to battle his way to a starting spot a bit later in the season, with Dhani Jones starting MLB and Rashad Jeanty starting SLB.
DT Tank Johnson
Tank Johnson is 6'3" and 305 pounds, pretty much a monster. The Bengals acquired him from the Dallas Cowboys.
He will add a much needed pass rush, he most likely will start behind Pat Sims. But when he comes into the game, expect him to shine next to Peko, Odom, and Geathers.
This defensive line will mean much to this defense, getting to the quarterback and stuffing the rush.
S Roy Williams
The reunion of Williams and defensive coach Zimmer, should be an amazing one. Williams is coming from the Dallas Cowboys.
Williams speaks for himself and will really help focus this team on stopping the pass and will make some HUGE hits. He is a five time pro-bowler and known as one of the biggest hitting safties of all-time.
Williams coming back to a 4-3 defense will be an advantage for us, since that's what he is used to and he's very good at it.
Teams will have to coach around this guy and he will make a major impact on our defensive scheme.
Coaches & Overlook
All the Bengals coaches are returning and ready to go.
Marvin Lewis and Zimmer have taken a defense that was 28th in the league and in the first year took them to 12th. With the big additions to the defense, that number should get even lower this year.
Our offense, with Carson Palmer and other key players returning and new one's coming in, should be very good and improved.
The scheme will look very different then last year, but it will change for the good.