We've got our first defensive lineman, and now we're going to find the first defensive tackle, but as always, here's the results of the first defensive end voting...
Julius Peppers dominated the competition with 63% of the vote.
This one surprised me, to be sure. Peppers is a dominating beast of a man on the field, but I wasn't sure his one season measured up to the body of work of the rest of the candidates. That being said, being a First-Team All-Pro speaks volumes about what he meant to the 2010 Bears defense, and any defense, including the 2001-2010 All-Bears Team, would love to have a man of Julius Peppers' ability manning its #1 end spot.
Now we move to the first defensive tackle position; follow me past the jump where we look at our candidates...
Ted Washington: A 1991 first-round draft pick of the 49ers (That's right. 1991.), Washington arrived to the Bears in 2001, where he notched his fourth Pro-Bowl season and was named an All-Pro (which, by the way, is more recent than the 1987 "Mongo" McMichael I claimed as the most recent in the last poll. I regret the error.). Washington had 1.5 sacks with four passes defended and 26 tackles with 8 assists. He only played two games in 2002, then resumed his career in New England.
Keith Traylor: A 1991 third-round pick of the Broncos (seeing a pattern here?), Traylor was signed before the 2001 season. Played in 41 games as a Bear with three sacks, one interception nearly returned for a touchdown (too bad it wasn't his 1997 interception return, which DID result in a touchdown), three forced fumbles and 68 tackles with 13 assists.
Tommie Harris: The Bears' first round pick of 2004, made three consecutive Pro-Bowls from 2005 to 2007. Played in 104 games as a Bear with 28.5 sacks, four passes deflected, one interception, five forced fumbles, and 171 tackles with 44 assists.
Anthony Adams: A second round pick of the 49ers in 2003, signed by the Bears before the 2007 season. No Pro-Bowl nominations, but over his four years as a Bear has 4.5 sacks, two passes deflected, two forced fumbles and 104 tackles with 24 assists.
And of course, if you disagree with these options, vote "other" and, most importantly, tell us who should be there!
Who is the first defensive tackle that should make the 2001-2010 All-Bears Team?
Ted Washington (39 votes)
Keith Traylor (22 votes)
Tommie Harris (203 votes)
Anthony Adams (15 votes)
Other (2 votes)
281 total votes