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CHICAGO BEARS: Many may find it shocking that the duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs didn't break the top five for best linebacking corps, but they were narrowly beaten and must settle for an honorable mention. Although they are some of the most heard-about linebackers, production shows that the Bears linebackers are not quite good enough for the top five.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: Cameron Wake and Karlos Dansby make for a great team, and with Koa Misi they combined for an impressive 21.5 sacks last season. However, none of the linebackers recorded over 100 tackles and none of them were able to pick off a pass, so until they become more complete linebackers they won't quite make this list.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Jerod Mayo had a monster season last year, recording an absurd 175 tackles. The Patriots defense is young and promising and may be one of the top defenses in the league these next few seasons, but no other linebacker was able to record over 63 tackles or play half as well as he did, which shows the Patriots have a great linebacker, but not one of the top linebacking corps.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Jonathan Vilma is always called the quarterback of the defense, and with good reason. He and Drew Brees command the New Orleans Saints and led them to win after win, and a Super Bowl ring. However, Jonathan barely posted above 100 tackles and the actual production of the linebackers leaves them out of the top five.