Back in 2009, when I was asked to be a contributing writer for Windy City Gridiron, the first ongoing series that I worked on was the Top 10 Most Important Chicago Bears. It was our editor's way of ensuring that this rookie wouldn't struggle with finding ideas to write about.
Here we are in 2013, and for the 5th consecutive year I'm still using that idea to generate discussion on WCG.
Before I take a look back at last years Top 10, I'll give a little insight as to what I think about when compiling the list.
Some things I thought about when compiling this list were: what potential impact they may have, how much the team will look to the individual for guidance or leadership, how badly the team would suffer if they lost the player to injury, and other intangible attributes.
As with any list that isn't based off hard cold facts, it's all subjective. You may disagree with my Top 10, and that's ok. I've had a kicker on my list, I've had coaches on my list, and I've always had the same #1. Here is a recap of the 2012 Top 10 Bears.
I repeat, this is a recap of last years list. We always have some skimmers that think this list applies to this season. Don't be that guy...
Click the number to jump to the article about each Important Bear from 2012.
10) Shea McClellin - I felt the Bears needed a 3rd defensive end to step up and take some reps from Pep and Izzy. Who knew that it would be Corey Wootton that would leapfrog the #1 draft pick for playing time.
9) Stephen Paea - The Bears needed to replace Anthony Adams, who they let walk following his 2011 season, and they were hoping Paea could start next to Henry Melton. He still has some room to grow, but he did start 14 games in 2012.
4) Mike Tice - Yea, that experiment didn't work too good.
2) Brandon Marshall - I'd say Marshall did his part last year, and then some.
Now some fun facts about the lists!
As previously stated, Jay Cutler was #1 in every list. The only two other Bears to appear in every Top 10 list to date are Urlacher and Forte. I'll bet that changes this year...
The coaches that made the cut through the years were Lovie Smith as a defensive coordinator (Remember when he gave himself that job?), d-line
coach guru Rod Marinelli, o-line coach guru Mike Tice, and offensive coordinators Tice and Mike Martz. I wonder if we'll see a coach or two this year...
How about these from V2: Chris Harris and Chris Williams. Harris is now a coach in the organization, and Williams is another failed #1 draft pick of Jerry Angelo.
With a new coaching regime in place we're sure to have some new names on the Top 10 Most Important Chicago Bears of 2013. Tune in tomorrow to see #10!