As a huge Bengals fan, I've suffered through many tough situations. What makes me happy now, is that the current toughest situations have to deal with the defense and a surplus of talent.
The big battles come in the secondary. Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph have locked their spots at the corners. Hall is a ball-hog and J.J. is a beast at covering the deep threat. That said, the Georgetown throw-down will be at the safety positions.
Chindeum Ndukwe and Chris Crocker are battling it out to be the starting Strong Safety. Crocker is a proven veteran and will give you all that you ask for. Ndukwe is... well, let me put it this way: David Fulcher for the new millenium. Ndukwe is also a lot younger and provides a larger chance for future production. That's why Chinny is my pick for the Bengals starting SS.
Free Safety is just a little different. Roy WIlliams was brought in this summer after an injury-plagued 2008 season with Dallas. Williams is (or maybe was) a perennial pro-bowler with serious head-hunting proficiencies. Pretty much, he's like Kelsey Grammar in X-Men 3... the Beast, but getting on in years.
Call me a youth-homer, but I like Marvin White to be the starter by season's end. Why season's end rather than game one, you ask? I think that Marvin White has played relatively well for the Bengals thus far. He's played well... not extraordinarily well. My view of the WIlliams signing was as a boost to White. I believe he was brought in to start and mentor the young safety so that, when his time comes, he's the best.
In summation, my game 1 starters at safety are Chinedum Ndukwe and Roy Williams.
My ideal pairing for the future is Ndukwe / White.
Now I want to know what your ideal pairing is. Sorry in advance, Corey Lynch fans.