LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Many NFL observers felt Tank Johnson simply didn't fit into the Dallas Cowboys' 3-4 defense, and a change of scenery to Cincinnati's more conventional 4-3 scheme would lead to a higher level of play from the former Bears defensive tackle.
Johnson has yet to make an impact in Cincinnati (12 tackles, no sacks), partly because he has missed two of the past three games thanks to injury.
"I think he's going to be a good player for us," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday. "He was slowed a little bit the last few weeks by this foot injury, but he's getting better and better each day with time. I'm anxious for him to get 100 percent and going again.
"He's a very tough man, a strong man, explosive. He's smart and understands how to play. He's been well-coached throughout his career, both in college and during his time in Chicago. He has a great fundamental understanding of how to play defensive line."