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Who Needs To Be The 2015 Bears Defensive Leaders?

With Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs both out of Chicago, who do you think needs to step up and fill the leadership void on the defense in 2015?

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

With no Weekend Den for the first time in nearly a year, I think we can officially issue a welcome to Vacation Time in the NFL. When nothing is happening, we need new ways to entertain ourselves until training camp starts in just under a month (!). We'll have our 30 Day Challenge question coming up for you in a bit, but there's another question I wanted to ask this morning in advance of that.

Who do you think need to be the leaders on the 2015 Bears' defense?

It's kind of out of the blue, but with the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup last week, and seeing the collection of young leaders on that team as well as the up-and-coming Cubs team, leadership is a question that's been on my mind a little bit with the Bears team here (and I might save my full thoughts on leadership for another time, in terms of turning around a franchise. That might be fun.).

I think I'd like it if the answers to this question were to be obvious, but for me, that's hard to say. Prize free agent acquisition Pernell McPhee could step in as the de facto leader, but I'm not sure what it says about your existing players if a first-year free agent fills the void. Maybe Lamarr Houston could come back from his leg injury, not celebrate a sack of a backup quarterback in a blowout, and be a leading voice; or Jared Allen recovers from a disappointing first season in Chicago. Maybe Shea McClellin or Jon Bostic can turn their careers around in their final or third years of their rookie contracts, respectively, and rally the defense. Maybe Kyle Fuller just takes the reins in his second year.

Who do you guys see as needing to be the defensive leaders?