Cincinnati Bengals: Breakout Performers of the Year

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While the year ended on a negative note you can’t help but feel good about the roster the Bengals have put together.  Even after several injuries to key players this team kept jogging along to win the AFC North.

Had this team won vs the Chargers and even lost to New England, there is not a doubt that they would have been favorites to advance to the Super Bowl in 2015. But maybe that wouldn’t have been the best thing, being the favorites.

Maybe this young group needed that kind of humbling loss o regroup, get healthy, and get focused on the ultimate goal; Win multiple playoff games and a Super Bowl.

This year after each game this season I would single out three coaches/players that stepped up during the game to deliver solid performances.  We saw several players who could be counted each week to provide a stand up, follow me performance.

There is no rest for the weary as this group will continue to have to step up and stand out to achieve the ultimate goals.

2013 Breakout Performers Of The Year:

Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) reacts during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

LB – Vontaze Burfict

Burfict could go down as one of the best CFA players of all time. He truly provided something that this defense hasn’t had. In his second year he not only led the team in tackles, but the NFL as well.

This got him elected to his first Pro Bowl and a second team nod to the ALL Pro team.  If anyone deserves some time off to relaxed and recoup its Burfict who arguably was the team’s MVP for the entire season.