Guenther hints at changes for Bengals defense

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther watches during Organized Team Activities at Paul Brown Stadium Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Cincinnati. NICK DAGGY / STAFF
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Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther watches during Organized Team Activities at Paul Brown Stadium Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Cincinnati. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Frustrated by the increase in missed tackles, penalties, points allowed and a general lack of production by some of his veterans, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said there may be some changes after the bye.

“We have a lot of guys that have been here a long time, that have been fixtures in our system for a long time, but like I told them, it’s a production business,” Guenther said Tuesday while meeting with reporters for the first time since Sunday’s 27-27 tie against Washington.

“Even though you’ve been kind of a guy that’s been here, if I think there’s going to be a younger player that I think can do it better at this point, whether it be for 15 more snaps, I’ve got to look at that because some of the guys that have been here, that have been fixtures here, for some reason or another, whether it’s age or whatever it is, they are not playing at a high level,” Guenther said. “And I’ve got to figure out where I can inject some other guys that can do it better or at least try to.”

Guenther didn’t single out any underachievers, but he said rookie linebacker Nick Vigil, defensive end Will Clarke and cornerback Darqueze Dennard are guys he wants to see more of after the bye.

“There is a certain loyalty to the guys that have been here, that have been the core players for us, but at the same time I have to do what’s best for the team,” Guenther said. “And, I think everyone in the room understands that.”

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