As every bears fan knows, defensive leader Mike Brown has gone into free agency, and the Bears are not going to resign him. He has been a fun player to watch over the years,and will be missed. Now that he is no longer on the team, I wonder who will step up as the prominent defensive leader. There are quite a few defensive veterans that could step into that role. It will be interesting to see who it is, and also how the Bear will be able to perform without their verbally named leader. Watching Mike Brown play, he was a hard hitter, and a fierce player. He also had great awareness and ball skills, I saw him pick off a lot of passes over the years. The best Mike Brown memory I have is when he picked off a game winning interception for a touchdown in back to back games. Mike Brown is a stud, and I hope he does well wherever he ends up, unless he is playing against Da Bears.
Will it be who we all think? Brian Urlacher. He was drafted the same year as Mike Brown, but Mike has been considered the leader of the defense. Urlacher has only missed a pro bowl one year, and has won the defensive player of the year award. He seems the most likely, but, has he not always?
Tommie Harris is now becoming a veteran of the game, and plays the position where it all starts. Defensive Tackle, he has to penetrate offensive lines, and make Quarterbacks weak in the knees. If he has a great season,now under regarded Rod Marinelli, could step into a leadership role. I read on the bears website he was working with Warren Sapp in the off season as well.I hope to see him have a great year.
Peanut is awesome first of all. I remember this game, he beat Plaxico Burress all
night long. I also remember him ripping the ball out of randy Moss' hands in the end zone, and picking it off for a touchback. On top of him being a great player, he is also a great influence to other players on how a football player can be. He has a foundation for chronically ill children in the chicagoland area, that he set up after his daughter had heath complications. Hey, he isn't fighting dogs,and he showed in the picture above he is smarter that somebody that would shoot themselves in the leg too.He could be a good leader.
Lance Briggs has been on the team awhile, and is coming off a great year. He still has quite a while ahead of him with the Chicago Bears organization, and I could easily see him stepping into this role as well.
I personally think it will be Brian Urlacher, because he is already in the role to a degree. But, I could be wrong, next season will tell.