Bengals 2016 Defense: Is There A Character Flaw?

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks to outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks to outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals Defense 2016
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Character Over Talent

Why have the New England Patriots won multiple recent championships and the Bengals have won none?  There are many reasons: easier division, reliable QB, and great drafting.  Even above and beyond all that, they have made character a hallmark of their roster.  In cases where the Patriots have chosen players like Randy Moss, they have also made it clear what they expect from them.  When the Bengals have taken troublemakers like Jones, it has been clear they have no fear of Bengals management.

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When Jones makes idiotic Instagram posts or Burfict acts like a crazed lunatic, they do so without fear of repercussion.  Before promising young players become infected by those self-centered, immoral and immature players the Bengals D needs immediate surgery.  Allowing Adam Jones to be a Captain and rewarding Burfict with a prime spot on the team sends the wrong signals.  The history of both men proves that they cannot be trusted.  Instead of celebrating them, the Bengals should have cut them immediately following last season.

"If the Bengals are serious about winning they need to do two things: cut Adam “Still Being Pacman” Jones and cut Vontaze Burfict immediately."

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