There are two plays that have stuck out in my mind that in hindsight may have propelled their teams to the Super Bowl. In 2000 DE Rob Burnett knocked Akili Smith out of the game with a hit so hard I thought I was watching a Mike Tyson highlight reel, and 2008 Hines Ward blasted Keith Rivers with such force that it took him four years to mouth the words, “I want to be traded”.
That is what has been missing from the Bengals. The defense has talent and plays very sound football, which is nice. The problem is that when it comes to the AFC North, nice doesn’t get it done. U need a vicious take no prisoner punch you in the mouth kind of guy.
Think of Greg Lloyd, James Harrison, Ray Lewis, and Terrell Suggs. Those guys bring a level of intimidation. They take 4th and 1 personal. I’ve seen post games where their defenses played a sub-par game and these guys want to choke someone. That is what the Bengals need.