I all but assumed Anthony Adams would win the job. Last year after replacing an injured Dusty Dvoracek, Adams play was solid. In four starts, after Dusty went down, Adams had 17 tackles (he appeared in 9 games in '08 and had 21 total tackles). In the 12 starts Dvoracek had, he compiled 29 tackles. Adams just seemed to be more disruptive last year. Taking it a bit further, in 2007 Adams played in 11 games with 8 starts and had 26 tackles. I know tackles aren't the only way to gauge a defensive tackle's effectiveness, but Adams seemed to get more consistent penetration.
Larry Mayer of chicagobears.com predicts that Adams will start. He also had an interesting take on the future of Dvoracek (as pointed out by GeauxBears). Mayer predicts Dvoracek will be around in 2009, but I think he's on the bubble.
Over on ESPNChicago; Jeff Dickerson, in a recent edition of his mailbag, predicts that second year Marcus Harrison will get the start at NT. His thinking was:
"... this is not my personal view of how the depth chart should look, but rather, how I predict the coaching staff feels about each position."
Interesting... I wonder who he personally thinks would get the nod at NT? I thought Harrison had a productive rookie season picking up 28 tackles and a couple of sacks while in the DT rotation all year, but I didn't know him starting in '09 was even being considered by the coaches. Maybe Jeff Dickerson knows something we don't.