The long national nightmare is over. The Bengals have finally found their defensive coordinator. It took six years and seventeen weeks (if you ask the national media) for Zac Taylor and the Bengals to find their guy, but it’s finally happened. Welcome to Cincinnati, Lou Anarumo.
Lou is coming from the Giants, so he should be ok with losing and having disappointing offensive play despite all of the weapons necessary (sans offensive line) to be successful. His track record for developing defensive backs is probably the biggest piece of his resume that I’m looking forward to.
I don’t think this necessarily means the Bengals will win the Landon Collins sweepstakes, but it probably won’t hurt if they’re interested. The Bengals aren’t too bad at the defensive back position though, so unless they plan on letting someone walk, the money might not be worth spending on another addition to an already strong group when there are much bigger needs. Jessie Bates, William Jackson III, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard (although he’s a pending FA) are a strong group if you don’t rely on Twitter for your analysis. Pieces like Tony McRae, Darius Phillips, Clayton Fejedelem and Davontae Harris provide depth at these positions and could probably fill a gap if someone were to go down with injury. The linebacker corps, on the other hand.. well…
Preston Brown was plagued with injury and is set to be an unrestricted free agent. Its possible he’ll sign another deal with Cincinnati since it’s his hometown and he’d like to be part of the rejuvenation of the Bengals fan base. I would’ve loved to see the Preston Brown that was so good in Buffalo, but we were robbed of that in 2018. Vontaze Burfict should’ve been cut by now, but for whatever reason he’s still on the roster. Hopefully Lou’s first order of business is telling Burfict his services are no longer needed and he can use his 5.6 speed to slowly trot out of town. Nick Vigil, Hardy Nickerson Jr. (who is clearly not his dad), Jordan Evans.. should I go on? That doesn’t really sound like a group that will shut down AFC North offenses.
The linebacker group needs to be seriously addressed in the off season whether it’s through the draft or free agency. Either way, Lou Anarumo has his work cut out for him.