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Bengals in the same boat with the Cowboys

The NFL scheduling boys must not like the Bengals anymore than they like the Cowboys. They have stacked the deck against both teams.

MOBILE, Ala. - Mike Zimmer, the Bengals defensive coordinator, spent a good portion of Tuesday’s North practice looking at the defensive backs but he might as well have been looking at the 2010 schedule.

“My theory is with the schedule we play, if we don’t improve in our depth at almost every position, we’re going to have a hard time competing,” Zimmer said. “We play all the first-place teams in the AFC. Every team in our division is going to be better. We can’t be the same and have the same record. We have to get a lot better.’’

Five of the foes finished in the top 10 of NFL offense and seven in the upper half of the league, including two of the top three teams: New Orleans (1) and New England (3), followed by Pittsburgh (7), Indianapolis (9), San Diego (10), Baltimore (13) and Atlanta (16).

No wonder Zimmer is looking to improve the inside pass rush. The Bengals face five of the top nine passers from ’09, starting with No. 1 Drew Brees of the Saints, Philip Rivers of San Diego (3), Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers (5), Peyton Manning of the Colts (6) and Tom Brady of the Patriots (9).

“(Tackle) Tank Johnson gutted it out all year with (a foot) injury, but he’s unsigned,” said Zimmer, who consensus says is looking to beef up safety because Roy Williams is a free agent and the Bengals finished the season there so thin and struggling to top the run. “We’d like to re-sign Roy, but who knows? This league is becoming so much of pass it and spread it, you’ve got to almost have four corners. You can have a physical (safety), but you’ve also got to have a coverage safety.”

The Bengals have that in their starters with Chris Crocker (coverage) and Williams (physical), but they’re looking to upgrade behind them. Particularly if they can’t sign Williams. They also want to re-sign Johnson.

The Bengals aren’t known for taking safeties in the first round, so the best one here this week, USC’s Taylor Mays of the South, doesn’t look to be an answer. But Virginia’s Chris Cook, playing for the North, could be in the second round as a versatile type that could possibly project to playing both.
BluenSilver4evr

I heard a rumor, that the Bengals probably won't offer Roy a new contract. But that could be just off season BS.

I think Roy might be someone of interest for the Pats to look at. They will probably be without any linebackers next year, and might need the help of a Safety who can stop the run.

Hey Max I hear Jason Taylor might be interested in playing with NE. He's 36 and we know you guys like old Linebackers.

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