Last year around this time I wrote about the Chicago Bears "B" team, a fun way to pass time in the off-season. I got the "B" Team idea while researching another post and I realized the Bears have a heck of an All-Time linebacking group between, Butkus, Buffonne, and Briggs (all their names start with the letter "B" if you're still trying to catch up). This years "A" Team inspiration came thanks to the upcoming TV to movie variation of the A-Team (I'm guessing the critics will hate it). Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as B.A. Baracus? Really? Mr. T couldn't have pulled off the gig this go around?
Anyway... I may have to take some minor liberties with the "A" Team, as the "A" talent isn't as plentiful as the "B" players. If any Bears fans has any good stories of some of these lesser knows players I'd love to hear them, and be sure to chime in with any changes you think I should have made. First up, the Defense.
DE - Doug Atkins (1955-65) - The Hall Of Famer and 8 time Pro Bowler is a great way to kick off the team. In his era he was a monster of a man at 6'8" and 275, an dhe played 17 years in all.
DE - Trace Armstrong (1989-94) - Started 87 of the 88 games he played in as a Bear and racked up 42 sacks in his 6 years, good for 5th all time in the franchise.
DT - Anthony Adams (2007-09) - Adams always produces when called upon, 71 tackles in 36 games in Chicago. He is sure to be a solid member of the DT rotation in 2010, and, this is just my opinion, but I think he'd look great with a Mohawk.
DT - Jim Althoff (1987) - Althoff sure made the most of his 4 career games, picking up 3.5 sacks in his time.
LB - Len Akin (1942) - The Baylor product picked up an interception in his one season as a pro.
LB - Adam Archuleta (2007) - I told you I'd take some liberties with this team. Archuleta is a guy I though should have played weakside linebacker in Chicago. Once it was clear he had zero cover skills a move should have been made.
CB - Jerry Azumah (1999-05) - Zoom made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in 2003, but as a DB he had 6.5 sacks, 10 ints, and 289 tackles in his 6 years.
CB - Reggie Austin (2001-02) - Went from jersey number 39 to 24 in his two years in Chicago. I wonder if he was trying to better market his jersey sales?
SS - Al Afalava (2009) - As a unheralded 6th round pick, he sure made the most of his rookie year. His defensive reps will no doubt decrease in 2010, but he'll still be flying around the field making hits. Fun Fact; He is the 3rd AA on the "A" Team defense.
FS - Egypt Allen (1987) - Great name. Oh, and uh, he did recover 2 fumbles in his 6 career games. But he makes the team because his first name is Egypt.
P - Louie Aguiar (2000) - Louie finished up his 9 year career by playing in 9 games in Chicago. His 38.8 yards per punt ranks 17th for the franchise, just ahead of long time Bear Bob Parsons.
And the Offense:
QB - Bob Avellini (1975-84) - The former 6th round draft pick from Maryland is 7th All Time in Bears history in attempts and passing yardage.
RB - Neal Anderson (1986-93) - The offensive "A" Team star places 2nd in attempts, yards, and touchdowns, and is 6th in receptions. Anderson played in 4 straight Pro Bowls and even played FB along side Walter Payton.
FB - John Adams (1959-62) - A 6'3" 235 FB is my kind of player. He had a 62 yard run in 1960 and in '61 he completed the only pass of his career.
WR - Devin Aromashodu (2009) - You know the "A" pickens are slim when a guy with 4 games of production is the #1 receiver, then again he may be the #1 receiver for the 2010 Bears too, so I guess you never know...
WR - Marcus Anderson (1981) - In 1981 Anderson averaged 27 yards per reception. He only had 9 receptions, and 1 went for 85 yards, but still! He added 2 TD's.
TE - John Allred (1997-00) - A lot was expected of the 2nd round draft choice, but he never could get his career on track. Thirty receptions and 2 career TD's to go along with some steady blocking gets Allred on the "A" Team.
T - Troy Auzenne (1992-95) - Auzenne stared all 16 games at LT as a rookie, then followed in his 2nd year by starting all 11 games he played in. After that, not as good.
T - Lee Artoe (1940-42, 45) - A 3 time Pro Bowl participant and an All Pro in 1942, Artoe also kicked for Chicago.
G - Lionel Antoine (1972-78) - Although he played tackle, I'll move the former 3rd pick overall inside to guard. The 262 pounder appeared in 68 games with 9 starts for the Bears. I just wonder if he's a natural enough knee bender at 6'6" to play guard?
G -Ted Albrecht (1977-81) - I'll slide him inside to guard (he is listed as a T-G at Pro Football Reference website). I wonder if he would play too high to play inside? He has 75 starts in 77 career games in Chicago.
C - John Adickes (1987-88) - He played center and his last names starts with an "A".
K - John Aveni (1959-60) - Made 51 of 57 extra points and 17 of 35 field goals in Chicago. The later is much better than the 5 of 28 FGM he had as a Redskin in '61.