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Bengals1181
06-26-2014, 03:26 PM
Bengals Defense: Possible Combinations and Formations

by Dustin Meritt (http://stripehype.com/author/dmerrit/) 18h agoFOLLOW @DDMERITT (http://twitter.com/DDMeritt)

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Last week I took a look at the offense, and some of the different formations and personnel groups that might be featured. With Mike Zimmer now the head coach in Minnesota, Paul Gunther takes over a defensive unit that is ready to go. Gunther will keep things somewhat similar but myself and others feel that we could see more blitzing to provide consistent pressure and to increase turnovers. When contemplating any changes on defense one could argue that, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. Last year’s defense was very good once again finishing with 3rd in opponents yards allowed, 5th in points per game, and 3rd in opponents scoring efficiency. Mike Zimmer was good at rotating his defensive lineman keeping them fresh and gaining better matchups against the offense. What I would like to see is a better rotation at linebacker and safety along with the rotation on the defensive line. Here is a look at some possibilities to get excited about on defense.

Base 4-3
Defensive line – Dunlap, Peko, Atkins, Hunt
Linebacker – Lamur, Maualuga, Burfict
Defensive backs – Newman, Nelson, Iolka, Hall

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4-3 Under:
Defensive line – Carlos Dunlap, Wallave Gillberry, Geno Atkins, Margus Hunt
Linebacker – WLB Vontaze Burfict, MLB Vinney Rey, SLB

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Bengals1181
06-26-2014, 03:27 PM
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Goalline:
Defensive line – Carlos Dunlap, Brandon Thompson, Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Margus Hunt
Line backer – Vinney Ray, Vontaze Burfict, Ray Maualuga, Emmanual Lamur
Defensive Back – Leon Hall, Darqueze Dennard
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Turningpoint
06-26-2014, 05:24 PM
I really hope our 2 young corners are starting in the nickle....we'd loaded at DB which is a great thing.

dex
06-27-2014, 07:31 AM
Doesn't mean that much of course, but more and more folks seem to be projecting Hunt to start over Gilberry. I'm just unsure how this may go myself. Hunt came in as such a raw project. I'm glad that they are going to put him on the one side and let him work exclusively there. I assume the reason why they moved him around so much in 2013 was to determine his best position fit, even if it didn't give him the kind of repetition he needed to show marked improvement during the season. I keep hearing that Gilberry works best as a versatile DE/DT off the bench, but I'm not sure you can say that for sure without giving him an opportunity to prove otherwise. Certainly Hunt has more long range upside, but the Bengals are trying to win big in 2014.

Simmons has already said that Hunt and Dunlap will both be working the middle on the kick-blocking team. That will be a lot of wingspan out there. Dunlap has already gotten his hands on a couple of kicks, certainly Hunt is capable of doing the same or possibly even more. He was a terror at this ST job at the college level.

Bengals1181
06-27-2014, 07:41 AM
Doesn't mean that much of course, but more and more folks seem to be projecting Hunt to start over Gilberry. I'm just unsure how this may go myself. Hunt came in as such a raw project. I'm glad that they are going to put him on the one side and let him work exclusively there. I assume the reason why they moved him around so much in 2013 was to determine his best position fit, even if it didn't give him the kind of repetition he needed to show marked improvement during the season. I keep hearing that Gilberry works best as a versatile DE/DT off the bench, but I'm not sure you can say that for sure without giving him an opportunity to prove otherwise. Certainly Hunt has more long range upside, but the Bengals are trying to win big in 2014.

Simmons has already said that Hunt and Dunlap will both be working the middle on the kick-blocking team. That will be a lot of wingspan out there. Dunlap has already gotten his hands on a couple of kicks, certainly Hunt is capable of doing the same or possibly even more. He was a terror at this ST job at the college level.


I wouldn't worry too much about it. I imagine it will be similar to the Geathers/Dunlap situation of years past. One may be called "starter" but that doesn't mean they'll play the majority. Like you say, Gilberry will be moving all over the place. The way Hobson speaks, it sounds like Hunt will play as many snaps as he earns. Since he's only playing LDE, if he masters that, he'll get the "full time job." Until then, he's going to be stuck in the rotation. The better he plays, the more time he'll get.


As for special teams, it sounds like they may unleash Hunt this year. Simmons noted awhile back that Hunt helped spring Dunlap for his 2 (3?) blocks last year. They, in a way, used Hunt as a decoy and a guy to encompass multiple blockers.

dex
06-27-2014, 08:11 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about it. I imagine it will be similar to the Geathers/Dunlap situation of years past. One may be called "starter" but that doesn't mean they'll play the majority. Like you say, Gilberry will be moving all over the place. The way Hobson speaks, it sounds like Hunt will play as many snaps as he earns. Since he's only playing LDE, if he masters that, he'll get the "full time job." Until then, he's going to be stuck in the rotation. The better he plays, the more time he'll get.


As for special teams, it sounds like they may unleash Hunt this year. Simmons noted awhile back that Hunt helped spring Dunlap for his 2 (3?) blocks last year. They, in a way, used Hunt as a decoy and a guy to encompass multiple blockers.

Will be interesting to see what happens. Since the Bengals will probably only be able to keep 7 defensive lineman active on the 45 man Sunday roster, you need the kind of versatility that Gilberry can provide. He could possibly end up being the Vinny Rey of the DL.

As for special teams last year, I definitely think that Dunlap/Hunt could have even more success as a kick blocking tandem in 2014. Hunt was inactive for much of the first half of the season, and had so many other things to learn on the d-line when he finally became game-active. I would expect him to be far more effective on STs this year as well as the DL(hopefully.)

Bengals1181
06-27-2014, 08:26 AM
I could definitely see them getting creative on special teams with Dunlap, Hunt, and even Will Clarke.

Bengals1181
06-27-2014, 08:42 AM
does anyone know if Will Clarke played special teams at WVU? You'd think with his wingspan they'd have had him front and center.