This could be where Vontaze Burfict shines. I’m not talking about cheap shot penalties. I’m talking about hits that make you regret not having your head on a swivel. When the Steelers and Browns play again, do you think that Colt McCoy will run with James Harrison on the field? No way!
This defense has a ton of talent, but they are swell guys. Domata Peko and Rey Maualuga seem so nice they could be greeters at a Samoan Walmart. Leon Hall,Geno Atkins, and Thomas Howard all seem like they are trying to get to heaven on Sundays. They help guys up as often as Ray Lewis knocks them out.
Who is the vocal leader? Who is the guy who puts the defense on his back and gets that vital stop? Who forces the turnover that seals the game? Who takes personal responsibility when the defense isn’t performing? Those are all questions that when answered will propel this defense from good to great.
I’m not calling this defense soft. I’m just saying when you look at the all-time great defenses. There was an undisputed top dog that brought a nasty bite. Mike Singletary, Jack Lambert, Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, Ray Nitschke were just a few. Here in Cincinnati the undisputed champion of tough guys was Tim Krumrie.
Who will be that guy for the 2012 Cincinnati Bengals?
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