Aug 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (55) after the game against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field. The Bears won 33-31. Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Earlier this week we asked you guys to get out your crystal ball and tell us who you thought would be the most valuable offensive player for the Chicago Bears. So you had to know this poll would be coming along at some point. Now we'd like to know who you predict will be the Bears most valuable defensive player. The defensive side of the ball could be trickier. Two of the top candidates both have a legitimate injury concern. Brian Urlacher has a knee and Julius Peppers has a foot. But these two along with Lance Briggs are the perennial Pro Bowlers on the team, so those three will be up on the poll.
If you do decide to go with "Other", then be sure to chime in on the comment section and tell us who you went with. More on the top three guys after the jump.Julius Peppers will be as dominant as ever, even if he's playing through a little pain. Athletes have been able to play through plantar fasciitis in the past, so hopefully his case is manageable. The plan is for Peppers to see his snaps decreased and that will make him more effective in the long run. Expect him to wreak havoc in 2012.
In my opinion, Brian Urlacher is a game changer on defense. Even if his physical play takes a hit due to the knee, he's still smart enough to make a difference. Until we see otherwise, I'll assume Urlacher will be out there most of the season playing gridiron chess with opposing quarterbacks.
I think many Bears fans take Lance Briggs for granted. I know I'm guilty of it from time to time. Briggs has been named to 7 straight Pro Bowls, and he was one of the players that was reported to be having a fantastic training camp. Lance is another guy that, even when he loses a step, he'll be able to make up for it with his understanding of the game.
Who do you think will be the Bears most valuable defensive player in 2012?
Lance Briggs (113 votes)
Julius Peppers (383 votes)
Brian Urlacher (91 votes)
Other (71 votes)
658 total votes