Pro Football Focus now has ten years of grades and statistical analysis under their belts, and recently named their first ever all-decade team. Needless to say, you won't find any Chicago Bears players listed there, unless you count Charles Tillman's 2nd team mention for cornerbacks.
Many teams were unsurprisingly not represented very well on that list, and some not at all, so they took their analysis one step further and named the best player from each team over the last decade.
For the intents and purposes of their list, they are referring to 2006- 2015 NFL seasons. For the Chicago Bears, they decided that linebacker Lance Briggs was the best Chicago Bears player during that time frame.
"This came down to a choice between Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman. Brian Urlacher typically received a majority of the ink, but Briggs was consistently the better of the two linebackers during most of their time together in that defense. Briggs never actually topped the 4-3 outside linebacker rankings for PFF in any single season, but was top-five in four of the first five seasons we graded, including a pair of top-two finishes. He finished his career with impressive grades in every facet of the game PFF measures, and recorded 467 defensive stops over the past decade."
One thing worth noting is that they aren't saying Briggs was a better linebacker than Urlacher overall, just during that period of time.
During that stretch, Urlacher made three Pro Bowls (2006, 2010, and 2011) and one All-Pro team (2006). Briggs, on the other hand, made seven straight Pro Bowls (2005- 2011), and was an All-Pro in 2005, 2006, and 2009.
Over the course of their Chicago Bears careers, Briggs played one less season than Urlacher, but recorded more total tackles.
Do you agree that Briggs is the Bears best overll player in the last 10 seasons?