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Midseason Awards

The New Jersey Star Ledger has posted their mid season awards and I am always up for anything that gives props to a Bears player.  They have selected Brian Urlacher as the best defensive player.  

I also want to take issue with their defensive rookie pick. How is it that Mark Anderson keeps getting overlooked?  The two they name each have under 3 sacks.  Does Anderson's 6.5 not matter to anybody?

Here is a full list of their selections:


Most valuable player: QB Peyton Manning, Colts

Least valuable player: RB Edgerrin James, Cardinals

Best offensive player: RB LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers

Best defensive player: LB Brian Urlacher, Bears

There are those who somehow believe he's overrated, but every time we watch the Bears this guy's making plays all over the field. He has to be accounted for against the run, in pass coverage and going after the passer.

Best Coaching Job: Sean Payton, Saints

Worst Coaching Job: Dennis Green, Cardinals

Most pleasant surprise: QB Drew Brees, Saints

Most disappointing player: QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Best veteran addition: QB Steve McNair, Ravens

Worst veteran addition: WR Terrell Owens, Cowboys

Best offensive rookie: WR Marques Colston, Saints

Most disappointing offensive rookie: RB Reggie Bush, Saints

Best defensive rookie: LB DeMeco Ryans, Texans

The first pick in Round 2 has 73 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. He edges out the draft's top pick, teammate Mario Williams, who's coming on with 4 1/2 sacks for Houston. Maybe Houston wasn't crazy for passing on Bush after all.

Most disappointing defensive rookie: LB Bobby Carpenter, Cowboys