Mike Zimmer recently spoke about a few things regarding the Defense. We are going to get to see Michael Johnson at LB. Zimmer says it will be at SAM and WILL. Zimmer said “We’re trying to utilize everybody best we can. We’re just looking at different combinations. Maybe we have some sub packages out of our regular defense." I think what Zimmer is doing is exactly what he said he was going to do: Look at ways to get more pressure on the QB. I like this move. Zimmer also said that they already know that Johnson can play end, so don't look at this as a permanent move. Its more of a move to get his best players on the field and to put those players in the best position to succeed. Bratkowski PLEASE take notice! Creativity is a good thing!
Zimmer also mentioned the draft and the non-draft of a Safety. “They just wanted a name. If I took your name off the board they would have been happy, they didn’t care. But I know you can’t play. So why do it? Don’t worry. We’ll get a safety.” Obviously, Zimmer felt that the Safety's on the board would not make the team. I said during the draft when they passed on a Safety in the 5th round that they have a plan for the position. It appears they do. Don't expect a huge signing any time soon though as Zimmer said “there are guys out there and guys on other teams that can play and who are going to get cut,”. Looks like Zimmer will be watching closely during the Training Camps and Preseason. Its very likely that we may sign a Safety late in Training Camp after they are cut by another team, according to these comments. Another option is all of the FA we have brought in. Zimmer has brought in Undrafted Free Agents, signed a few from Waivers, and they continue to have veteran Free Agents visit. With all of these players we are surely to find one that, at the very least, can improve the depth at the position.
These are the reasons I, and every other Bengals fan, love Zimmer. He is creative in getting his best players on the field, think Rey at SAM last year, Johnson getting snaps at SAM and WILL this year, and in the best position to succeed. He is constantly looking at every option to upgrade the Roster and thus the Defense. Bratkowski PLEASE PLEASE take a note from Zimmer and be creative. The possibilities that our Offense could have, IF we had an O coordinator as creative as our D coordinator. I guess we can dream!
Now that we know this about the Safeties, do we feel better as fans? We all were a bit shocked that we didn't draft a Safety (Zimmer also mentioned they contacted every team ahead of them an tried to make a trade for Mays). They seem to have had a contingency plan. They are actively trying to upgrade the position and from Zimmers comments about Safety's being cut from other teams, it seems they aren't going to stop looking to upgrade the position any time soon. This could potentially give us a much improved Defense. Yea I said much improved, is this possible? I think with Zimmer we could have the best D in the league, at some point.