NFL 2011: Every Team's Best Defensive Player

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NFL 2011: Every Team's Best Defensive Player
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We have all heard the statement that defense wins championships. Perhaps it sounds cliché, but in looking at the playoff teams from last year, the defenses were some of most elite in the league. From the Super Bowl champion Packers to the boys in Pittsburgh, there really is no denying how important the defense is in the NFL.

While some teams rely on great team defense, there are some out there that must carry a heavier load than others: the superstar defensive players that don't have the same level of talent around them. It is interesting to see the varying positions that always seem to be good for certain teams. Pittsburgh's linebackers, Minnesota's defensive line and Cincinnati's corners are a few that come to mind.

Some of these were no-brainers, while others were very difficult to decide. These are just my opinions as we head into this season.

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