CINCINNATI (AP) - Now that receiver Chad Johnson has thrown in
the towel on his holdout threat, the Cincinnati Bengals' focus can
shift back to their biggest shortcoming as they open training camp.
With this franchise, it's always the defense.
The Bengals changed defensive coordinators after another abysmal
showing last season, the main thing that brought them down to a 7-9
finish. Mike Zimmer has revamped the defense and tried to give it a
Starting this week, the team will find out how it holds up.
Zimmer installed his defense piece by piece during offseason
workouts, then tested it against the starting offense during
minicamp last month.
So far, he says he likes how it looks.
There seems to be more urgency to finally get it fixed. Players
are expected to report tomorrow at Georgetown, Ky., then have their
first workout a day later.
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