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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2016 Bengals Defense
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Character, Character, Character

The Bengals have a real chance to be in the Super Bowl this year.  While the coaching staff and players can’t plan for injuries they can plan to conduct themselves as “adults and professionals.”  If there are players that become penalty prone, have off-field troubles, or are insubordinate they need to be cut or benched for more reliable players.

Consequently, there is no time to play around with a championship opportunity. This defense is more than capable of controlling the line of scrimmage to make the Bengals a Super Bowl contender. Therefore, there is no reason selfish players should be allowed to destroy a championship run.

Playing defense in the NFL is as much about the mind as it is the talent. The Bengals defense in recent years has been full of talent. But, they imploded last year because of a failed mental approach.

This year, the same two players who sank last season are being trusted as leaders for this defense.  For Cincinnati to become a championship city again they must anchor themselves on character, not who talks the most smack.

"In 2016, if the Bengals defense can be Top-5 as expected there is a very real possibility that Who Dey Nation takes over this year’s Super Bowl."

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