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Cincinnati Bengals: 2016 Season Awards

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) takes the field during player introductions prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) takes the field during player introductions prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) looks downfield for a pass while under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) looks downfield for a pass while under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

The Defensive Player of the Year award was by far the hardest award to give out. Geno Atkins played great throughout the season. Atkins proved that he was not just another guy on the field, but is he truly the Bengals’ unanimous DPOY?

First and foremost, every aspect of the defense was great, but the secondary may have been the best in the league. Two legitimate players in the secondary deserve a look at the DPOY award. Those two players include Reggie Nelson and Adam Jones. Pacman took the reigns as the number one corner this year and it prove to be a good decision. Out of 119 corners in the league, Adam Jones ranked 11th overall.

Pacman constantly played and proved why he deserves another contract back into Cincinnati. As for Reggie Nelson, the numbers speak for themselves. Nelson had 77 combined tackles and a league leading 8 interceptions. Nelson earned a way to the Pro Bowl this season and honestly, everytime I watched him play this year, I cannot believe we got him for David Jones.

However in the front seven the Bengals had some MVP candidates as well. Vontaze Burfict‘s name speaks for himself. While his uncostly penalties are sometimes horrible,  Burfict is one of the best LBs in the league. Although the true DPOY in my opinion came from the defensive line and while I will get a lot of feedback on this pick, Geno Atkins is not that guy. I personally believe the DPOY was Carlos Dunlap.

While Geno Atkins was a real candidate for league DPOY, Carlos Dunlap’s efforts this season has somewhat been forgotten. Dunlap finished fourth in the league with 13.5 sacks and yet somehow, wasn’t named to the pro bowl. He lead Cincinnati in sacks and also became the Bengals’ all time sack leader in the process. Dunlap constantly applied pressure to opposing quarterbacks and was really a force this year, a bit more than Geno Atkins was.

DPOY: Carlos Dunlap

Next: ROY

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