We only have a small handful of "CJ's" left to give out and, like the Oscars, the further we go down, the bigger the awards get. We have honored the team's Special Teams Player of the Year for 2012, and now it's time to honor the tough guys on the defensive side of the ball.
This likely won't be much of a contest, but the staff gives you their picks and then you can cast your vote to gets The CJ for 2012 Bengals Defensive Player of the Year.
Jason Garrison: Geno Atkins: No interior defensive lineman turned in a more dominant performance than Geno Atkins in 2012. Not only was he extremely effective against the run, but he was great at creating pressure up the middle. His 12.5 sacks led the team on their way to 51 sacks, which was second best in the league. Atkins is nearly unblockable and is the steal of the 2010 draft.
Mike Townsend: Geno. Geno. Geno. He's our best defensive player. Pay him well, Mike Brown. We would like to retain his services for the rest of his career.
Anthony Cosenza: For a unit that truly is a complete one with many contributors, it's hard not to notice Geno Atkins as a shining star. I won't be dumb and go against the consensus opinion, as I truly feel that he is a dominant player and is deserving of this CJ. I do think that guys like Michael Johnson and Leon Hall deserve a bit of a shout-out for their respective performances last year, though.
Mickey Mentzer: Can't really argue with anybody here. I'm going with big Geno Atkins.
Who gets your vote for The CJ for the 2012 Bengals Defensive Player of the Year?