2017 clearly wasn’t a good season for the Cincinnati Bengals. From injuries, to an unsettling situation with the head coaching position which oddly enough stayed the same, to players not playing to their potential, the team sputtered to seven wins, not good enough to challenge in the AFC North.
Consider the fact that the team they need to catch is the Steelers, they won 13 games (two against the Bengals), and that means the Bengals were six wins away from the top spot in the division.
As the team starts already to look to 2018, you can check out sports betting sites uk and notice that the team isn’t going to get much run as a contender in the AFC or even the AFC North next season.
The first key for the Bengals is to try and figure out who is going to coach the teams defense, as defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is moving on to join Jon Gruden in Oakland.
Marvin Lewis has always been a defensive guy at heart with Guenther leaving, he’s going to want to bring in a new coordinator that believes in the same defensive philosophy that he does.
On Wednesday Lewis wouldn’t commit to a 4-3 base scheme, but based on the teams roster at the moment, and with Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap still each at a high level, it’s tough to think the team is going to stray from a 4-3 defense in 2018.
They should look at the draft or free agency to add another linebacker, as well as a cornerback, but if you are going to be honest the 4-3 defense is still the best way for the Bengals to go.
Back to Guenther, he’s been a steadying force for the Bengals defense since he’s been the guy that runs the defense, and just finding a replacement for him is not going to be super easy.
Jim Haslett, linebackers coach, is a guy that might be able to step in and run the defense the way that Lewis wants it, or co-secondary coach Kevin Coyle is another veteran guy that could step in and do the job if need be.
Bringing in an outside guy might not only mess up the chemistry, but it might also put the Bengals behind the 8-ball as they learn a whole new system.
Which is why at the end of the day, Lewis and the organization has to be careful and make the right choice at this spot. The best thing to do is stick with the 4-3 and look within at the guys that are already on the sideline.
If they do that, losing Guenther won’t be as bad as people are making it out to be. If not, the Bengals defense in 2018 might be just as tough to watch as it was in 2017 in games like the Packers, Steelers, Bears and Vikings, teams that ran it up rather easily on the Cats.
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