Last year, the defensively line improved at stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback. During a 9 game stretch, the Bengals defense held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. As for the sack department, Cincinnati went from sacking the quarterback 17 times in 2008 (30th in the NFL) to 34 times in 2009 (16th in the NFL).
The line mightily struggled against the run late in the season as they allowed 4 100+ yard rushers in their final 5 games. To give them a bit of due, they did play without defensive tackle Domata Peko.
LDE- Robert Geathers- 36 tck 3.5 sck 1 ff 3 p def
Geathers is a solid player. He’s still yet to get back to his level in 2006 where he had 10 sacks.
LDT- Domata Peko- 23 tck 1 p def
Peko is one of the more underrated defensive tackles in the game. He’s quick and strong, and he excels in the run game. The Bengals run defense missed his presence the final 5 games as he suffered through a knee injury.
One of the rookie training camp rituals is for rookies get some cool looking hair cuts. Yet, no one compares to the hair of Peko. His hair is the epitome of awesomeness.
RDT- Tank Johnson- 29 tck 2 sck 1 p def
Johnson fit in well into Mike Zimmer’s defensive scheme. He quietly had a solid season.
RDE- Antwan Odom- 19 tck 8 sck 1 p def
Through 6 games, Odom had 8 sacks and led the NFL in sacks. The he suffered an achilles tear, and missed the rest of the season.
Odom is strong and powerful. He uses his hands well and he’s now closing the deal once he gets near teh quarterback.
DE- Jonathan Fanene- 36 tck 6 sck 1 int 2 p def
Fanane stepped and played well in Odom’s absence. He’s strong against the run and rushed the quarterback well.
DE- Carlos Dunlap- ROOKIE
Dunlap is a 1st round talent who fell to the 2nd round because scouts questioned his work ethic. He’s a boom or bust.
DT- Pat Sims- 34 tck .5 sck
It’s now or never for Sims who enters his 3rd season.
(To see where I ranked all the Cincinnati Bengals defensive linemen, click the links below)
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Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!