A new era is about to begin for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gone is defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, off to finally and rightfully assume a lead role for a franchise. In his place is Paul Guenther, a first-time coordinator who has been with the franchise since 2005 as an assistant and is said to live by the same principles applied by his former boss.
Luckily for Guenther, the transition should be relatively smooth, with only one major loss this past offseason to speak of but seven new rookies to tinker with.
The importance of his unit's success cannot be overstated for a franchise that has gone to the postseason three years and running, primarily relying on the group to carry the team when it matters most.
It's early, but let's take a look at the depth chart and list the critical elements at each position before taking a deeper dive to figure out how each spot will play out.
Note: Depth chart based on the one provided by Ourlads.