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Boadway: Bears All–2010s Team – Defense

The defensive side of the all-2010s Bears team.

We tackled the offense yesterday and it definitely caused some controversy. The defense is even more challenging in certain areas, and in others it’s clear as day. The one phase of the Chicago Bears during the 2010s decade that needed the smallest amount of work was, without a doubt, the defense.

So, who makes the cut?

Defensive Line (Collectively)

There are obviously different positions on the defensive line: defensive tackle, defensive end, outside linebackers play on the line quite often, and even inside linebackers from time to time. With this phase I want to go in tiers and, like every great defense, it all starts up front.

Defensive Tackle – Akiem Hicks

How could we make this list without the big man in the middle? He is so ferociously dominant, standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing over 350 pounds. The man is the definition of a beast and has the leadership qualities equivalent to Olin Kreutz. In his four seasons with the Bears, he has played all sixteen games except for the 2019-20 season due to injury. In those four years, he’s managed 24 sacks and most notably, 39 tackles for loss. The greatest asset an interior defensive lineman can grant you is the ability to stuff the run, and not many current players do it better than Hicks.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game FumbFumb TackTackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G FF FR Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2016CHIDE/dl16217.05436181117
2017CHIDE16028.55439151520
2018*CHIDT/ldt16307.55541141216
2019CHIdt5011.01010015
4 yrCHI535424.0173126473958
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Defensive Tackle – Anthony “Spice” Adams

I know what you’re thinking. I’m only choosing Spice for his incredible dance moves and his hilarious Instagram feed. Well, you’re partially right. His numbers weren’t fantastic, but he was a solid interior lineman and provided a necessary spunk that reminded everyone that this is just a game. His personality helped created rapport and gave everyone a sense of brotherhood, if you will. Most notably, his two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his time with the Bears are his biggest numerical “claim to fame”. However, he’ll be remembered for the quality of his character.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game FumbFumb TackTackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G FF FR Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2007CHIdt/nt/rdt11010.52621541
2008CHInt90.02114701
2009CHIdt/nt16022.04436836
2010CHINT16202.03733495
2011CHInt110.01613321
5 yrCHI63234.5144117271814
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Defensive End – Khalil Mack

He is technically listed as a linebacker and I’m not quite sure why considering he’s lining up at the either end of the defensive line for the majority of snaps. This pick goes without question. Mack is a generational talent. In two years with Chicago, his impact has been immediate. The mindset he brings to the defensive side of the ball, as well as the importance of opposing coordinators having to specifically game-plan for wherever he’s lining up, makes him an absolute must-have. In his first two seasons with Chicago, Mack has 11 forced-fumbles, three fumble-recoveries and 21 sacks. Yeah, I’d say he was worth the price, and we’re only getting started with this tenure here.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def FumbFumb TackTackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int TD FF FR Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2018*+CHILB14116212.54737101018
2019*CHILB1500518.546406814
2 yrCHI291111321.09377161832
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Defensive End – Julius Peppers

This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include the man large enough to be an actual bear. Peppers was a 6 feet 7 inches tall, freak athlete and 300-pound monster of the Midway. Every time he blocked a field goal, they said he got his big bear-paw on it and boy, did he have a bear-paw. In his four years with the Bears, Peppers had 37.5 sacks and 47 tackles for loss. He added ten forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Could you imagine him and Mack coming at you at the same time? That is a scary pairing.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def FumbFumbFumb TackTackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int PD FF FR TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2010*+CHIDE16293008.05443111118
2011*CHIDE160442011.0373341513
2012*CHIDE160214011.5393271315
2013CHIDE16132117.045311486
4 yrCHI64318107137.5175139364752
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Linebacker – Brian Urlacher

Not even a question here. The man was a legend in Chicago, hall of famer, a true leader, and one of the most skilled players to ever play football. The numbers speak for themselves, 22 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries, but just remember one thing about Urlacher: He is who we thought he was.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def FumbFumbFumb TackTackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int TD FF FR TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2000*CHIMLB16200108.01251012416
2001*+CHIMLB16302216.011689279
2002*+CHIMLB16102204.51511153619
2003*CHIMLB16002.511687299
2004CHIMLB9102005.57052189
2005*+CHIMLB16001006.0121972417
2006*+CHIMLB16301100.01419249118
2007CHIMLB16510205.0123923177
2008CHIMLB16200100.0937914103
2009CHImlb10.033011
2010*CHIMLB16101204.01259629135
2011*CHIMLB16300210.0102841890
2012CHIMLB12112200.068531580
Care1822221115241.51354104031413824
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Linebacker – Lance Briggs

Just like with Brian Urlacher, this one is another no-brainer. Also, just like Urlacher, Lance played his entire career with the Bears. Briggs had 16 interceptions and 97 tackles for loss. No doubt about it, put him on the team and watch as him, Brian and our next LB tear up the opposing offense.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def Def FumbFumbFumb TackTackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int TD PD FF FR TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2003CHILB161140.07865135
2004CHILB1611100.5126102247
2005*+CHILB1621111202.010783248
2006*CHILB162094101.013010921112
2007*CHILB140032102.01028319156
2008*CHILB1630111210.5110902082
2009*CHILB151052.5118932575
2010*CHILB152071102.089761382
2011*CHILB161042000.0105861991
2012CHILB1622112001.5103742972
2013CHILB90062003.0715120103
2014CHILB81031000.035241121
Care17316584167115.011749362389724
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Linebacker – Danny Trevathan

Capping off our incredible linebackers already mentioned, is a guy whom perfectly embodies resilience and skill. With 235 solo tackles in four years, there is no one else I would rather have next to Briggs and Urlacher. Hopefully his health comes back and he can return to full form next season.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def FumbFumbFumb TackTackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int PD FF FR Yds Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2016CHILB9041.066491711
2017CHILB12151102.089602945
2018CHILB/lilb16261102.0102762684
2019CHILB9011001.070502024
4 yrCHI463163206.0327235921514
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Cornerback – Charles Tillman

I would be hesitant to call myself a Bears fan if I didn’t include Peanut on this list. The man was so incredible, he had a football move named after him. Cornerbacks across the country will forever try to recreate the “Peanut-Punch”. He amassed 36 interceptions, 42 forced fumbles and had nine touchdowns in his years with the Bears, and no one will ever do it the same way that he did.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def FumbFumbFumb TackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int TD FF FR TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL
2003CHILCB/rcb16402001.0837672
2004CHIlcb8001100.0393273
2005CHILCB15514101.09382110
2006CHILCB14501110.08068125
2007CHILCB15304000.0756691
2008CHILCB15314000.09381121
2009CHILCB15216100.07765123
2010CHIRCB16504300.08271111
2011*CHIRCB16323201.09982175
2012*+CHIRCB163310200.08674121
2013CHIRCB8303000.0413292
2014CHIrcb2000.08800
12 yCHI156368421113.085673711924
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Cornerback – Kyle Fuller

I was hard-pressed to pass on Fuller. In the opening game against Green Bay in 2018, Fuller had a sure-fire, game-winning interception that he dropped, and subsequently pissed off every Bears fan in the world. He then went on to have a pro-bowl caliber season, and was arguably one of the best CBs in the league. He had seven interceptions last year, 45 solo tackles and has played in all 16 games every year of his professional career.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def Fumb TackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int Lng FF Comb Solo Ast TFL
2014CHICB/lcb/rcb1643136450143
2015CHICB16215544680
2017CHICB1620686082
2018*+CHICB/lcb167355545100
2019CHIDB15329787081
Care7918353319271486
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Safety – Eddie Jackson

In his first three seasons, all with the Bears, “Bojack” has nine interceptions and five total touchdowns. Add in four forced-fumbles, five fumble-recoveries, 143 solo tackles and Eddie is on his way to a no-doubt first-ballot hall of fame induction.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def FumbFumbFumb TackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int TD FF FR TD Comb Solo Ast TFL
2017CHIS16211317053171
2018*+CHIS14622115141102
2019*CHIDB1510110584995
Care4593452179143368
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Generated 12/28/2019.

Safety – Major Wright

Last, but surely not least, is Major Wright, a name that gets lost amongst the weeds. People often forget that he was a really solid member of the Bears’ secondary recording nine interceptions, three forced-fumbles and three touchdowns in four seasons. He’s not a household name for most Bears fans, but he was definitely a reliable guy to have covering down-field.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def FumbFumb TackTackTackTack
Year Tm Pos G Int TD FF FR Comb Solo Ast TFL
2010CHI11211740
2011CHIfs/SS12315741162
2012CHISS1641127152195
2013CHISS15212010179220
4 yrCHI549332250189617
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/28/2019.

Well Bears fans, that concludes my all-2010s Bears defensive roster. What would you change, would you keep the same players and move them around or would you pick different players altogether? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to vote in our Twitter polls to let your voice be heard.


Featured Photo: Stephen Morton/AP Photo

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