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Bad boys: NFL 2009 'All-Notorious' Defense

6-12-09

Earlier this week, I unveiled the 2009 version of the "All-Notorious Offense." It's now time to pull the sheet off the guys who play on the other side of the ball.

Before doing so, I need to clarify one point. A guy can be notorious in 2009 for stuff that he did before 2009. Or before 2008. Or before 2000. As illustrated below.

Leonard Little, DE, Rams: Little's misdeeds from 1998 have gotten plenty of attention recently, as the example most often cited by those who believe Mike Vick should be immediately reinstated. Little did minimal jail time for the DUI death of Susan Gutweiler, likely far less than he would have experienced in the era of the Internet-driven everlasting news cycle.

Jared Allen, DE, Vikings:

Though Allen has put his own issues with drinking and driving in his rear-view mirror, his hankering for low hits on quarterbacks preserves his notorious status.

Albert Haynesworth, DT, Redskins: Four days into 30 days of probation for pleading guilty to driving too fast, Haynesworth allegedly drove fast enough to cause an accident that left a guy seriously injured. Then there's the whole "shredding Andre Gurode's forehead" thing from 2006. And his involvement in allegations that the Redskins lured him to D.C. with communications occurring before the free-agency period opened.

Vince Wilfork, DT, Patriots: His talent is undeniable, but he was called to the principal's office last year for a string of arguably dirty hits. He somehow avoided a suspension. He won't avoid this list.

James Harrison, LB, Steelers: Apart from last year's domestic abuse charges, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year authored one of the all-time dumbest quotes when explaining the decision not to accompany his teammates for the traditional White House trip taken by the Super Bowl champs.

Leroy Hill, LB, Seahawks: Charged with marijuana possession in the days preceding his crack at free agency, Hill nevertheless was named the Seahawks' franchise player. And then the team rescinded the tag after drafting Aaron Curry, putting Hill on the market long after the big money had dried up. Hill eventually signed a new long-term deal in Seattle, but still faces those marijuana charges. (Unless and until a sympathetic prosecutor pitches them out.)

Shaun Phillips, LB, Chargers: Phillips was implicated in two separate nightclub incidents recently, and charged with battery in one of them.

Pacman Jones, CB, unattached: Reinstated last September after a one-year suspension, Jones later was suspended for six more games after getting into a fight with one of the guys who were being paid to keep him out of trouble. And then he got into a fight on Spike TV's Pros vs. Joes series. As one astute PFT reader asked, "Who was the Pro and who was the Joe?"

Aqib Talib, CB, Buccaneers: After getting into a fight with a teammate at last year's rookie symposium, Talib got into a helmet-swinging scrap during offseason workouts, striking one of his teammates with it.

Donte Whitner, S, Bills: After being charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Whitner promised to sue the cops. Good luck with that.

Gerald Sensabaugh, S, Cowboys: Arrested virtually every time he spends time in his hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee, Sensabaugh might want to spend his free time elsewhere. But a string of past arrests wasn't enough to scare off the Cowboys, who seem to have developed a taste for defensive backs with a history of run-ins with the law.

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