Safety Surplus

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.

First off; The Linebacking battles. Anyone who doesn't see Rey Maualuga taking a starting spot from Rashad Jeanty by week 8 (at the latest) is a serious pessimist. Enough said on that issue.

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.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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