Heading into this season, I wasn't really sure which player would be more of an asset on defense. Julius Peppers was being touted as a savior to the defense, and he represented the pass rusher that we have lacked for many years. The returning Brian Urlacher, of course, was more experienced in the system and was our emotional leader, even though he had supposedly lost some of his skills.
Four months later, I am still not sure who was more valuable to the defense this year. But that is not a slight to either of them. I will be the first to admit that both of these players performed much better than I initially expected. The two of them have helped our defense return to prominence this season. I am still torn on who our defensive MVP should be, so I'll let you decide.