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Bears trailing at the polls

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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:

Tight end

5. Greg Olsen, 65,218

Olsen trails Washington's Chris Cooley, Dallas' Jason Witten, New York's Kevin Boss and New Orleans' Jeremy Shockey

Center

3. Olin Kreutz, 109,725

Kreutz trails Washington's Casey Rabach and New York's Shaun O'Hara

Inside Linebacker

2. Brian Urlacher, 156,288

Urlacher trails Washington's London Fletcer (202,967)

Kick Returner

2. Devin Hester,121,882

Hester trails Washington's Rock Cartwright (124,563)

Punter

4. Brad Maynard, 30,729

Maynard trails Washington's Ryan Plackemeier, New York's Jeff Feagles and Green Bay's Derrick Frost

Special Teams

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.

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Who cares? You anoint these guys with pro-bowl status and they demand more money the following year. Then you've got pro-bowl players such as Tommie Harris, Urlacher and Hester, who've received their money yet have played nowhere near their pro-bowl level. Still, they've all been awarded with huge contracts because they were pro-bowlers.

My fellow Chicagoans, I encourage you to do the right thing and not vote.

deservedly so, except these votes seem wrong, the Bears do not belong in any top 5 at any position.
Nor does Shockey

Funny that Briggs isn't in the top 5 since he's only Bear really having a stellar year. I'll take Olsen any day over Shockey or Boss as well.

Mike, as the biggest most optimistic Bear fan you will ever meet, 'this hurts to say' but I totally agree. Although, I do feel both Lance Briggs and Greg Olsen deserve a trip to the islands, Briggs as a starter and Olsen as an alternate. When the players & coaches get their vote, I think Briggs should move up.
The way the Bears defense has been playing this season, it almost seems comical to vote for any Bear defender, but individually, Briggs is having a pretty good season.
Speaking of the defense, if the Bears continue to play this badly as they have been on defense for the rest of the season, I feel a coaching change coming, and no not Lovie, although Lovie will most definitely be on the hot seat going into next season, I think Bob Babich will either get the axe, or demoted back to linebacker coach. This is just a prediction, but I think next season's Bear defensive coordinator will be current Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, just a guess. Oh well, GO BEARS!!

None of the Bears are pro bowl quality this year, so who would vote for them? I wonder if the Bears will clean house after this season, and ship some of these guys out?

Yes, Briggs is having a good season, we can all see that, and he would be doing alot better with some support as well, this after we (most of us) all berated him preseason. Good for him. Watching the games it's fairly easy to see who is in on the plays and who isn't, Briggs does not get the attention but he is in on alot of plays this year.
Yes I agree Kevin, I feel Babich is gone next year and Lovie stays, I feel they (Lovie) tried to change up the D against the Packers (to no avail) but that is a sure sign Babich is gone.
Still I watch other teams play our WR (and other WR) real tight knocking the ball away at the last second as it gets in the WR hands and our D Backs are playing off the WR by a couple yards.
Olsen is def. good enough but I don't think he gets the looks by the QB enough to get the votes. I have him on my Fantasy Team and he really does not get the pass his way near enough as good as he is with his hands, could be Kyle getting hurt maybe,

Briggs on defense and Forte on offense are the only two deserving a second glance. After that,no one is even close. There are six games left, and hopefully some of the Bears will start to look like professionals, not pro-bowlers but at least worthy of getting a paycheck. Few have shown that so far.

Dare I say it, but Orton for a stretch there was looking better than most QBs in the NFC, but after missing the Tennessee game and laying an egg in the Green Bay game, that is no longer a consideration.

Forte should be a solid performer for a long time, and hopefully Olsen will continue to increase his role in the offense. He could be a Tony Gonzalez-type threat, although he is not quite as dynamic of an athlete. He is too quick for LBs, and safeties and CBs can't hang with him physically. He can be a star in the NFC going forward. He just has to get better at blocking.

Defensively, if it were not for reputation, none of our team would even show as a blip on the radar for Pro Bowl voting. Briggs is having a decent year, but is nowhere near as impactful as he has been in past years. Urlacher, Harris, Brown, Ogunleye, Tillman, Vasher, and Hillenmeyer have all dropped their level of play vs. last year, and quite frankly we were terrible last year on defense.

And the book is out on Dusty. Teams have enough film on him now to know how to block him, and he has been completely ineffective the last 3-4 games. He was getting lucky in that no one knew what to expect out of him up until this year, so there was no scouting report to refer to. Mark Anderson has not developed any consistent pass rushing moves, and is not strong enough to bull rush as a change of pace, so he is stonewalled at the line. Idonije is the only one getting anything done, and our special teams are worse because of his contribution on defense.

This team ought to be ashamed at their performance. The positive side is that St. Louis is up this weekend, which is a great way to gte some swagger back, and gain some confidence. No Steven Jackson, no Orlando Pace, and I think Incognito is out as well, so we should be able to get after Bulger pretty well...

Ok thats it, I can't take it anymore. Pro Bowl Balloting????????? Are you F###### kidding me???? Thats a reward, a reward and I don't believe there is a reward out there for sucking ####.

By Kevin Armstead:

Mike, as the biggest most optimistic Bear fan you will ever meet, 'this hurts to say' but I totally agree

Holly ####!!! I bet that did hurt.

I think Bob Babich will either get the axe, or demoted back to linebacker coach. This is just a prediction, but I think next season's Bear defensive coordinator will be current Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, just a guess. Oh well, GO BEARS


Why Kevin why would you even suggest this, don't repeat it, don't put it out there, don't even get people started on it. Oh and don't try and tease me with the whole Lovie on a hot seat Babich getting fired thing. Cause you know what Kevin, I been down that road already.

Oh and what is this "Oh well, GO BEARS"

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE PRIDE DUDE? It sounds like this team is taking away the pride you have in the Bears. What did Obama say? "If you want change you gotta make change happen" Cheering on something thats bad is not going to change a thing. Thats just sticking with the status quo. Status Quo thats Latin for how we got into this mess(Rockin Ronnie).

By Mike:

My fellow Chicagoans, I encourage you to do the right thing and not vote.

No, no, no, we should go out and vote for them lets vote the whole damn team in. Then we should vote vote to have crack legalized.

By Joe Felicelli:

Dare I say it, but Orton for a stretch there was looking better than most QBs in the NFC, but after missing the Tennessee game and laying an egg in the Green Bay game, that is no longer a consideration.

Joe what about: the Colts game, the Panther game, The Tampa game, and the second Lions game before he got hurt, he really didn't look that good in any of those games either.

And the book is out on Dusty

It is?? Really? No kidding. So he is not the next Mongo??

This team ought to be ashamed at their performance. The positive side is that St. Louis is up this weekend, which is a great way to gte some swagger back, and gain some confidence. No Steven Jackson, no Orlando Pace, and I think Incognito is out as well, so we should be able to get after Bulger pretty well...

Yes it should be.

Joe you mention that two of there best players are out and the Rams are one of the worst teams in football. So how does beating a really bad team that is now crippled get there swagger back. I thought if you want to talk the talk you gotta walk the walk. So far lots of talking and no walking. I how about we beat a decent team like the Pack. Oh wait, to late. Now I get to listen to team moron brag about beating the Rams this weak. Can't wait for the Harris interview. "Yeah we shut the critics up with this win" How much you want to bet that the players and Lovie all refer to the Rams as a really good team after the game and talk about what a tough team they are to beat.

"Pro Bowl Balloting????????? Are you F###### kidding me???? Thats a reward, a reward and I don't believe there is a reward out there for sucking ####."

Creighton! Hey bud, where have you been? It's been rather gloomy around here for Bears fans. Good to see you back. Maybe your gentle optimism ("Are you F###### kidding me????") will cheer us all up.

I remember you raised a bunch of red flags about this team before the season got underway and I got to hand it to you, good call. Until the coaching staff goes, minus Toub, a plethora of problems will continue with this team.

Welcome back!

Creighton, my old buddy, its a good thing the Bears have not been fairing well lately or we would not have had the pleasure of reading your comments Creighton, now that the Bears are having a bad stretch !!!!BOOM!! you magically reappear on the FAN blogs???
Creighton, you are the last Bear fan [I think] who should tell someone to have pride???
By Creighton: "Cheering on something thats bad is not going to change a thing." Creighton, you basically admitted your what is called a FAIR WEATHER FAN, you saying its alright to root for the team when their doing good, but when their bad, don't root for them, like I said, "Creighton, your a classic example of a fair weather fan, or a BANDWAGON rider." So Creighton, hopefully the Bears can become an unstopable force so you can hop back on the official Chicago Bears Bandwagon. Also, Creighton, hate to be the one to tell ya this, but you can bash the Bears as much as possible, it isn't going to change a thing. Believe it or not, NFL teams like the Chicago Bears, don't take advice from their fan base, its just the way it is so GO BEARS!!

Creighton,

You are correct in that beating up on a weak team missing key pieces is not the ideal way to get confidence back, but it doesn't matter who is in front of you, you have to beat them. A few sacks, some consistent pressure, and they can believe they are capable of doing that week in, week out. Athletes are among the most emotional people on the planet, and they can get caught up in either good or bad momentum very easily. Just take a look at the Titans and Lions as perfect examples. The Lions have been up in multiple games, but find a way to lose, while the Titans keep finding ways to win.

If we can beat up on the Rams, and we gain a little bit of confidence and momentum going in to Minnesota, then we are in better condition coming home for Jacksonville, New Orleans, and then another shot at the Pack in Soldier Field. We need something, because otherwise Drew Brees is going to throw for 700 yards against us in a few weeks.

The only way to help the D players gain confidence is to vote them to the Pro Bowl! Pro Bowl votes will make them believe they are Pro Bowlers and then they will play like Pro Bowlers! The only way to keep a player's confidence in being a Pro Bowler once that confidence is established through us The Fans Votes is to pay that Pro Bowler!
So get out there and Vote Bears Fans, and watch Da Bears go to Da Big Dance with Da Big Bucks!!

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