Michael Johnson towers over blockers at 6-foot-7. At 6-foot-1, Geno Atkins often gets dwarfed on the line. Domata Peko is gregarious. Carlos Dunlap tends to cut off interviews after a few questions.
The Bengals' defensive line is an eclectic mix of players from far different backgrounds with very different personalities and body types. Together, they formed one of the NFL's best units this season, one of the main reasons Cincinnati is in the playoffs again.
The Bengals set a club record with 51 sacks this season, 40 of them coming from a line that is more of a melting pot than anything else.
''We're very different,'' Dunlap said. ''Mike's from Selma, Ala. I'm from Charleston, S.C. Geno's from Fort Lauderdale. You've got a whole bunch of guys from miles and miles away from each other, probably a 10-hour drive to get to each destination.
''But when we're in this locker room, we're a few feet away as we are on the field and in sync with one another. I hope this young group can stay...