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Best Defensive Player A Two Man Race

The world wide leader in egos is doing a series about the best of at various positions.  Today's was the best defensive player.  Four people picked and it was split between Brian Urlacher and Champ Bailey.  The two that picked Urlacher were Matt Mosley and John Clayton and the two the took Bailey are Eric Allen and Len Pasquarelli.

I really wanted to lay into anybody who didn't pick Urlacher, but Bailey is a good choice, so instead I will just point out that the two who picked Bailey are absolute morons, not for picking Bailey just in general.

John Clayton: Brian Urlacher, LB, Bears
Urlacher's the most important defensive player in the league. The Bears use the Cover 2 scheme, which normally features the weakside linebacker. Urlacher has all the playmaking ability of a Derrick Brooks, but he does it in a more important position -- middle linebacker. Urlacher played safety in college, so he drops into coverage with ease. In the Cover 2, he can cover the deep middle of the field. He's quick and sure-handed enough to have five-interception potential in any season. Urlacher can blitz and disrupt a quarterback whenever needed. He's everything a defensive coordinator would need, which makes him so valuable.
Matt Mosley: Urlacher
San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman already might be the most feared player in the game, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is the best cover man, but Urlacher is the best pure defensive player. He was the 2005 defensive player of the year, but his greatness can't be measued always in numbers. The fact that he can cover so much ground from his middle linebacker spot makes opposing quarterbacks constantly have to account for him, and it's a big reason the Bears have been one of the toughest teams to score on since he arrived. Urlacher doesn't pile up sacks (0 last season), but he had a career-high 142 tackles and three interceptions. Urlacher played safety in college and he uses his amazing range to make plays all over the field. He's the rare athlete who can punish running backs near the line of scrimmage and also cover them one-on-one 20 yards downfield. Urlacher can make one of those unforgettable leaping interceptions (playoff loss to the Panthers two years ago) at any time because of his remarkable timing and vertical leap. Merriman is one of the most disruptive forces we've seen in years, but I think the majority of players across the league would agree that Urlacher is the best.