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Johnathan Wood’s All-Bears team of the last 15 years

Offensive lineman Ruben Brown is one of the greatest players the Chicago Bears have fielded in the past 15 years.

Offensive lineman Ruben Brown is one of the greatest players the Chicago Bears have fielded in the past 15 years.

As we stumble through the desert of another long, dull offseason, we here at WCSN are constantly searching for amusing (and football-related) diversions.

Michael Helton had the excellent idea of ranking top draft picks for teams, which I copied for the Chicago Bears.

Now I’m borrowing from another WCSN writer, Tyler Norris, and putting together the best possible team for the Chicago Bears over the last 15 years.

I really need to come up with an idea of my own soon.

Before you throw up your hands in despair, however, rest assured that I did deviate slightly from Tyler’s approach.  He chose his favorite New Orleans Saints players, while I am choosing the ones who I think have been the best on the field.  Here is the team I would assemble if I could magically grab the best Chicago Bears players from the last decade and a half.

Thomas Jones (pictured) and Matt Forte form a fearsome running back tandem for the Chicago Bears.

Thomas Jones (pictured) and Matt Forte form a fearsome running back tandem for the Chicago Bears.

Offense

  • Quarterback: Jay Cutler
  • Running backs:
    • Thomas Jones
    • Matt Forte
  • Fullback: Jason McKie
  • Wide receivers:
    • Brandon Marshall
    • Marty Booker
    • Marcus Robinson
    • Bobby Engram
    • Muhsin Muhammad
  • Tight ends:
    • Desmond Clark
    • Greg Olsen
  • Left tackle: Orlando Pace
  • Left guard: Ruben Brown
  • Center: Olin Kreutz
  • Right guard: Roberto Garza
  • Right tackle: John Tait
Roosevelt Colvin is 1/3rd of a dynamic Chicago Bears linebacking corps.

Roosevelt Colvin is 1/3rd of a dynamic Chicago Bears linebacking corps.

Defense

  • Defensive ends:
    • Julius Peppers
    • Alex Brown
    • Adewale Ogunleye
    • Israel Idonije
  • Defensive tackles:
    • Tommie Harris
    • Henry Melton
    • Tank Johnson
    • Ted Washington
  • Middle linebacker: Brian Urlacher
  • Outside linebackers:
    • Lance Briggs
    • Roosevelt Colvin
    • Warrick Holdman
  • Cornerbacks:
    • Charles Tillman
    • Tim Jennings
    • Nathan Vasher
    • Jerry Azumah
  • Safeties:
    • Mike Brown
    • Danieal Manning
    • Chris Harris
Devin Hester (pictured) and Robbie Gould would ensure the Chicago Bears have excellent special teams.

Devin Hester (pictured) and Robbie Gould would ensure the Chicago Bears have excellent special teams.

Special Teams

Kicker: Robbie Gould

Punter: Brad Maynard

Long snapper: Patrick Mannelly

Returner: Devin Hester

Evaluation

Like the Chicago Bears as a whole over the last 15 years, this roster is decidedly defense heavy. The defense features four players — Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, and Lance Briggs — who are likely to receive Hall of Fame consideration, all of whom spent at least part of their prime in Chicago.  These cornerstones are surrounded by talented difference makers all over the defense.

The offense, on the other hand, is not quite as talented.  Jay Cutler is a competent quarterback, easily the best signal caller the Chicago Bears have enjoyed over this time span, but he has yet to prove he is anything special.  The offensive line, which has been terrible for the last five years or so, would likewise be good but not great.  The offense does feature a nice array of skill position players, but I find it kind of sad that a collection of the best Bears offensive players over 15 years likely wouldn’t make the best offense in the NFL this year.

What do you think of my selections?  Are there players I left off?  Let me know in the comments below.  Or, better yet, write your own (better) version for your favorite team!

How good could this Chicago Bears offense led by Jay Cutler be?

How good could this Chicago Bears offense led by Jay Cutler be?

423 comments
bpanhandle
bpanhandle

Guy gets a felony conviction for possession of mary jane in MN.

Possessing marijuana is classified as a "crime of violence," so guy loses his right to carry a firearm for life.

Guy carries firearm, gets another felony conviction.  He challenges the conviction on second amendment grounds, but the MN Supreme Court upholds the conviction.


I assume he will appeal to the USSC, and I hope that cert is granted.

bpanhandle
bpanhandle

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G & G
G & G moderator

Good morning guys

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

Apparently the Raiders and Broncos aren't the only ones showing interest in Charles Woodson. The AARP has also been blowing up his phone.

Mods Suck
Mods Suck

Yo, Vince, when you get a chance, send me a message to my Gmail: [email protected] I have an idea I think would be up your alley.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

The Lions felt this could be a "breakout year" for Titus Young. They just didn't realize he'd be breaking out of jail.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

Carimi has shown marked improvement in his blocking skills. So far he has blocked all attempts by the Bears to get him to show up for workouts.

0125
0125 moderator

I was totally about call my ex tonight. But I resisted the urge. 

bpanhandle
bpanhandle

Who are the best Packers writers to follow on the twitters?  And no Wilde.  No one is more annoying to follow.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

ok kids and grampses alike it's time for me to retire to me chambers, have a god evening 

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

You know what's even more boring than Nebraskan Politics. 

Nothing.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

and now i'm really depressed. the satellite image i just posted of the fire, may burn down my friend new house they just closed on on Friday, 

natesweet
natesweet moderator

I happen to be watching a season 2 episode of Buffy. Sarah Michelle Gellar running around with a spaghetti strap top and no bra on. Zoinks.

0125
0125 moderator

My pectorals are killing me. 

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

Top 5 Red Wings of all time:

1. Yzerman
2. Howe
3. Lidstrom
4. Might be a 15-way tie.

Koosh12684
Koosh12684

Did anyone see that Hot chick in pink with perfect round tits doing a bench press gif this week?  I saved the link to add to my gif collection, and its deleted now!  The fuck!

ARodge is the GOAT... Fact.  Period.
ARodge is the GOAT... Fact. Period.

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Tarantino fans who didn't catch Django Unchained in theaters should rent or buy the fucking thing.  

Classic Tarantino (and the director makes an explosive cameo*)

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*sadly, he hasn't aged well


aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

Jerry Sloan interviewed with the Bucks, i like this. get rid of Ellis, sign and trade Jennings, then start from there, they have a good defensive Center, just need a consistent scorer or two 

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Never cared much for Angelina Jolie but I am glad she had that taken care of. Can't fuck around with the Cancer. I did get more concerned when Christina Appelgate had the same thing done. I had been crushing on her since I was a wee teenage lad and remember being sad about the loss of her boobies. Hell, I'm sad for all the women who have had to deal with that.