The Importance of Bengals MLB Vontaze Burfict

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December 4, 2010; Ruston, LA, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack defensive end Dontay Moch (55) during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The hardest part about interpreting the loss of Dontay Moch for four games due to illegal substance use is that no one, outside of the Bengals organization, really knows what he is worth to the defense.  Drafted in a Raider-esque fashion last year, Moch was a crushing 241 lbs defensive end out of Nevada with a 4.4 sec / 40 yard looking to make the transition to NFL linebacker.  One can only assume that he’s not only ready but worth the wait, something of a dismal literality to the Bengal’s linebacker depth chart.

To review: Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson are easily the bedrock of this corps as stout seven-year veterans who should be considered the starters even this early of a juncture.  Rey Maualuga has to be looked as obvious man in the interior but still hasn’t received his full penance from the commish after his scuffle with a Cincinnati area bar owner, something which will likely earn him a few games on the sidelines before all is said and done.  Other than these three, only one other linebacker – the jack-of-all-trades, Dan Skuta – has more than a single productive season under his belt. 

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  • SorianoJoe

    I think Burficit ends up being the starter at some point this season, and he deserves to, to be honest. He may be an idiot, but he’s going to tone it down in the NFL, or somebody is going to do it for him. I think Burficit is starting to understand that everything falls on him, because going from being a bona fide draft prospect to an undrafted player has to cut deep, and it could make him rethink things. Burficit is just such a great talent and a monster against the run. He really does inspire fear into opposing backs, and I saw it first hand while watching him dominate the Pac-12. He’s a gem, and I would start him, because football is a game where talent wins out on the field. Being a headcase shouldn’t affect if someone starts or not; it’s all about talent. If Burficit was a top ten pick, then he would start from day one. He should be starting for the Bengals. 
    As for Manny Lawson, he’s solid in the 4-3 because of his versatility, but I’ll miss watching him rush the passer at a crazed pace in the 3-4 in SF. I hate how people knocked him for low sack totals, because pass rushers need to pressure the quarterback, and it isn’t always about sacks.

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