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Schlegel Out, Thornton and Kelly Doubtful and drafting Lewis' defense

Reuben Frank goes into detail about the Bengals recent draft picks intended to improve a poor defense. In reality, after the picks were made, the defense has only gotten worse -- with several variables.

All defensive draft picks during Marvin Lewis era.

Year Round Position Player Notes
2003        
  4 DB Dennis Weathersby Gone
  5 LB Khalid Abdullah Gone
  6 DT Langston Moore Gone
  7 DE Elton Patterson Gone
2004 Round Position Player Notes
  2 DB Keiwan Ratliff Gone
  2 DB Madieu Williams Starter
  3 LB Caleb Miller Starter
  3 LB Landon Johnson Starter
  4 DT Matthias Askew Gone
  4 DE Robert Geathers Starter
  6 DB Greg Brooks Gone. Failed physical.
2005 Round Position Player Notes
  1 DE David Pollack IR
  2 LB Odell Thurman Suspended
  7 DE Jonathan Fanene Ineffective
2006 Round Position Player Notes
  1 DB Johnathan Joseph Starter
  3 DE Frostee Rucker Ineffective/Often injured
  4 DT Domata Peko #3 DT
  5 LB A. J. Nicholson Gone
2007 Round Position Player Notes
  1 CB Leon Hall #3 CB
  3 DB Marvin White #3 SS
  6 DT Matt Toeaina PS
  7 DB Nedu Ndukwe #2 FS

Anthony Schlegel Out

With Schlegel out Sunday against the Ravens, the Bengals will start Landon Johnson at middle linebacker -- their fourth this eight-game season. Who will play weak-side? Not even Marvin is sure. Also, John Thornton and Reggie Kelly are doubtful (you can find status report there, too).

Two bad teams playing Sunday

Don Markus examines the company the Ravens are in. The company name? Disappointing.

The Ravens have plenty of company in their mediocrity. After losing to the Colts in the Super Bowl, the Chicago Bears benched quarterback Rex Grossman earlier this season and are still floundering at 3-5; the New York Jets, considered one of the league's up-and-coming teams a year ago under coach Eric Mangini, are down-and-out at 1-8; and the San Diego Chargers, a league-best 14-2 last season under Marty Schottenhiemer, are a middling 4-4 this season under Norv Turner. At 4-4 going into Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-6), the Ravens are not close to being the biggest bust in the league this season. Nor are their struggles that shocking to those who recall what has happened in Baltimore for several years.

More articles from the dub, dub, dub.

Ravens, Bengals have sunk since opening with high hopes [USA Today]
Ravens vs. Bengals: Matchups to watch [Baltimore Sun]
O-line sees sack total of 10 as imperfect [Enquirer]
Secondary problems could linger against Bengals [Carroll County Times]
McNair vs. Boller... again! [Baltimore Beatdown]