Oct 7, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis (left) talks with outside linebacker Manny Lawson (99) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Dolphins won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
The question that arises now is what to do with the SAM linebacker position. Both Manny Lawson and Dan Skuta are set to become free agents next month, and the Bengals should work to re-sign one or both of them to add depth at the linebacker position. Emmanuel Lamur was another serviceable linebacker last year, showing great ability in pass defense but it is unsure whether he is capable of being a quality every-down starting linebacker in the NFL.
One name in the conversation that people should take note of is Dontay Moch, Cincinnati’s third round pick out of the University of Nevada back in 2011. Injuries have hindered Moch’s ability to make his way onto the field over the past two seasons. Moch suffered a broken foot during the preseason opener and was inactive for 10 weeks until the middle of October. In 2012, Moch was suspended the first four games of the season for failing to abide by the banned substance policy. Following the suspension, the remainder of his season was cut short once again after being placed on injured reserve for recurring migraines.
If Moch can remain healthy for an entire season, it would not be hard to imagine him winning the starting job during training camp. At 6’2” and 240 lbs., Moch has the size, and with his 4.44 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Combine, Moch without a doubt has the speed necessary to play in the NFL. Moch has had two years to learn the Bengals defense, so it is really up to him if he wants to be successful as a linebacker for the Bengals.