Four defensive superstars were revealed in the final 10 of NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2012: Haloti Ngata, Darrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware and Patrick Willis. Here’s an inside look at the final four from the field, as these guys were wired for sound over the past season.
Former coach Brian Billick said it best, “If Ray Lewis has been the heart of the Ravens, Ngata has been the rock.” Ngata has been dominant in leading the Ravens defense, often collapsing the middle and making it nearly impossible for teams to run on him.
Revis is the last of the shutdown corners. The guy can own half of the football field just by showing up to work, a point that shouldn’t be overlooked in today’s pass-happy NFL. And it’s not a surprise he was the top defensive player in the Top 100.
Ware was absolutely dominant in 2011 with 19.5 sacks and it won’t be the last time he challenges for the single-season sack record. He’s had at least 14 sacks in four of his last five seasons.
Ravens RB Ray Rice said it best about Willis, “he’s dominant.” Willis was the anchor of the tough 49ers defense, which set an NFL record when it went 14 consecutive games without allowing a touchdown.
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