Who is The Most Important Player on the Chicago Bears Defense?

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Published: September 24, 2009

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... long time (and admittedly oft injured) free safety Mike Brown. While we can debate the merits of that decision forever, it left the Bears with a hole to fill, both in terms of safety play and in on-the-field leadership.

While the Bears have been working with Daneial Manning and Kevin Payne at the free safety spot, the on-field leadership was supposed to fall all on star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Urlacher however suffered a season ending wrist injury in the first half of the opening week's game against the Green Bay Packers.

That left an even larger hole that one, or more likely, several players will have to take over.

Lance Briggs was made the defensive captain in place of Urlacher, and while he is fully capable of shouldering that load, the defense still needs that emotional leader that was lost when Mike Brown was let go.

To put it simply, Mike Brown was the catalyst for the Bears defense. When he would make a play, it was like giving ...

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