"I'm not approaching it that it 'could' be," Barrington said. "I'm approaching like it is. When you take out all the pleasing everybody's emotions, I'm the veteran inside linebacker. It's my defense. What's mine right now is mine to lose. So I approach it with a serious mentality."
Barrington was better in pass coverage than playing the run during his 485 snaps last season. If he improves against the run, he'll have all the playing time to prove that it really is his defense.
"Sometimes people give answers to please other people," he said, "but I'll be straight up and say I'm using every day of this off-season getting my mind and my body ready to where it needs to be. When it's time to go, I'll be ready."