I thought it would be fun to rank the five worst things that could happen this off season, now this is not including future injuries or less likely dramatic things. This is just a list of probable things that could likely happen in order. I will be doing a continued piece tomorrrow of the five best things.
5. Not drafting secondary in this years draft:
If anyone watched last years Bengals defense compared to this years you would have noticed two things. One being less sacks the other being less turnovers and big plays being surrendered. This could be pointed at the defensive line, but we all no what happened there with injuries, so the other likely thing is our secondary. Leon Hall having his second major knee injury in three years, Dre Kirkpatrick being torched multiple times this year and Terrance Newman having a late injury only pushes this need even more. If we dont come out of this draft with at minimum one corner things could get ugly really quick next year.
4. Michael Johnson leaving in free agency:
This will be the most likely one of all the things i will name that will happen. After bulking last years offer that was accepted by Dunlap and underperforming in a contract year, I wouldnt be shocked at all to see him walk. Even though its expected it wont weaken the blow any. He anchores one part of the line, could get to the quarterback and was very good against the run. Finding someone to replace him will be easier said then done.
3. Jay Gruden leaving for a head coaching job:
I know alot of people will be glad he leaves, others will be upset, but truth is its not going to affect anyone more then Dalton. Some will say he cant get any worse, but for a quarterback already having issues trying to learn an entirely different offense things could get bad before getting better.
2. Anthony Collins leaving in free agency:
Im not one of the people thinking that keeping Collins is a must, but I do think if he leaves the coaching staff will want a replacement early in the draft or via free agency. Me personally would rather keep as much of the team together as possible. Sign him to a decent contract with incentives and keep the core together. The best part about Collins is he makes this team versatile. Guys can switch out for injury or lack of play and if this year was any indication they can switch and not miss a beat.
1. Losing Mike Zimmer:
Like it was really going to be anything else? This man has been just as important to changing the perception of the Bengals as Marvin Lewis or any of the Browns. The defense is also top notch and this is with mostly no name players or other teams leftovers, even the problem children seem to find a home under Zimmer. The city has adopted him, the team would kill for him and some guys even consider him a father figure. Losing this man IMO might be the worst off season loss this team has ever experienced, so keeping him in anyway to me would be the best foot forward to start off next season.