A Tradition Of Defense: Starting 11

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  1. [S]alvatore

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    What are your thoughts on these 11 defensive players, being our best of all time at their positions?

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    DE - Doug Atkins
    DT - Dan Hampton
    DT - Steve McMichael
    DE - Richard Dent
    ROLB - Wilber Marshall
    MLB - Dick Butkus
    LOLB - Otis Wilson
    CB - Red Grange
    CB - George McAfee
    FS - Gary Fencik
    SS - Richie Petitbon
     
  2. Ojibway Bob

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    Hmm maybe give Singletary a spot? Lol
     
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    Loved Wilber Marshal/Wilson, but I think Briggs as been the better OLB and you have to find a place for him.

    Tillman is about to break the NFL record for turnovers and has had to face much stiffer competition in a league that is now focused on the passing game, think he needs a spot at CB also, the rest are fine.
     
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    I won't argue with any. I enjoyed watching it. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Ric, Tillman broke Dawkin's record for combined Int's/FF last year then was injured. Peanut should be an all-time corner period.
     
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    Replace Ogun with Trace Armstrong at LDE. Armstrong was a far better pass rusher and all around DE. In fact I'd even take Mike Hartenstine over Ogun. Ogun was overrated IMHO.
     
  7. [S]alvatore

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    Briggs has been a solid player for a very long time. But Wilson and Marshall especially, were so damn athletic and made so many impact plays.

    I think this video was made in 2009, so Tillman didn't have nearly as many turnovers as he does today.
     
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    Neither of those 3 players are on the all-time team, so I don't understand the point you're trying to make?
     
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    I'd agree. Then you have to consider guys like Bennie McCrae, Leslie Frazier, and Donnell Woolford too. If it was me I'd move McAfee and Grange to the offensive side of the ball where they made their bones.
     
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    I know but they mentioned Ogun in the film and IMHO both Armstrong and Hartenstine were superior players and barely got a nod for it.

    I don't have any quarrel at all with the front four. Atkins was a pure beast, Hampton was a warrior first class, McMichael is probably one of the most underrated DTs to ever play the game and Dent was...........well Dent. Best pass rusher the Bears ever had.
     
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    I love this video, It was made even earlier than 2009 I think? I've had it nearly that long. Actually had to steal the universal dvd player from my parents when I moved out so I could still watch it haha.

    If the movie was remade today, there is little doubt in my mind that Tillman would be put in at corner. Despite only having two probowls, his turnover abilities are unparralled. I also think that there could be a legitimate arguement for Briggs to be placed in at OLB, probably for Wilson. While Marshall only played four years for the bears and while fruitful (a superbowl, 2 pro bowls, 1 all pro and 17 turnovers (4.25/season)) I think it out does Wilson who spent 8 years with the bears (a superbowl, 1 probowl, 2 all pro but only 10 turnovers (1.25/season)). I don't think anyone outshines the consistancy and ability of Briggs (7 probowls, 3 all pro and 33 turnovers (3.00/season)).
     
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