In a presidential election year, big numbers showed up at the polls but that doesn't mean Bears fans are getting out and voting.
The Bears are doing worse in fan balloting this season than in any year in recent memory. The NFL released numbers on Tuesday and the Bears do not have a leader at any position. Brian Urlacher is second among inside linebacker and Devin Hester, despite a prolonged slump, is second among kick returners.
Fan balloting continues through Dec. 9 and counts one-third in the selection process with players and coaches getting a third of the say each.
The Bears typically do well in fan balloting as do the teams that are playing well at the time. Perhaps the election, with the implications in Washington, got Redskins fans out in mass. They lead voting at 16 positions.
Here is where the Bears in the top five rank:
5. Greg Olsen, 65,218
Olsen trails Washington's Chris Cooley, Dallas' Jason Witten, New York's Kevin Boss and New Orleans' Jeremy Shockey
3. Olin Kreutz, 109,725
Kreutz trails Washington's Casey Rabach and New York's Shaun O'Hara
2. Brian Urlacher, 156,288
Urlacher trails Washington's London Fletcer (202,967)
2. Devin Hester,121,882
Hester trails Washington's Rock Cartwright (124,563)
4. Brad Maynard, 30,729
Maynard trails Washington's Ryan Plackemeier, New York's Jeff Feagles and Green Bay's Derrick Frost
5. Corey Graham, 29,527
Graham trails Washington's Khary Campbell, New York's Chase Blackburn, Green Bay's Jarrett Bush and Dallas' Keith Davis
Outside linebacker Lance Briggs is not among the top five after three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. The top five right now are Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, Washington's Jason Taylor, Marcus Washington and Rocky McIntosh, and Green Bay's A.J. Hawk.
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris is also not in the top five in balloting. He's made three Pro Bowls as well.