Defensive/Special Teams Depth Charts

While the defense is nearly identical from the start of last season, special teams has seen significant change.

The only difference on defense is at free safety and even that is minimal. Chris Harris took the job from Mike Green in Week 2 and went on to start 13 games as a rookie.

Depending on how the draft shapes out, free safety and strong-side linebacker could have competition in Bourbonnais. The second team will see change with the Bears looking to add depth at all three levels of the defense.

Tank Johnson's quad injury means Michael Haynes might have a future in Chicago. Although Haynes is considered too slow to play defensive end for the Bears, being a pass rushing threat from the interior of the line in the nickel package is a possibility.

Mike Green also looked to be on the way out of town, but Brandon McGowan's knee injury is likely to sideline him for at least part of training camp.

2006 1st Team Defense
RE Alex Brown
DT Tommie Harris
DT Ian Scott
LE Adewale Ogunleye
WLB Lance Briggs
MLB Brian Urlacher
SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer
CB Nathan Vasher
CB Charles Tillman
FS Chris Harris
SS Mike Brown

2nd Team Defense
RE Israel Idonije
DT Tank Johnson *
DT Alfonso Boone
LE Michael Haynes
WLB Leon Joe
MLB Jeremy Cain
SLB Brendon Ayanbadejo
CB Rashied Davis
CB Dante Wesley
FS Brandon McGowan *
SS Todd Johnson

* Means player is expected not to be ready by the start of training camp because of injury.

2005 1st Team Defense
RE Alex Brown
DT Tommie Harris
DT Ian Scott
LE Adewale Ogunleye
WLB Lance Briggs
MLB Brian Urlacher
SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer
CB Nathan Vasher
CB Charles Tillman
FS Mike Green
SS Mike Brown

2nd Team Defense
RE Israel Idonije
DT Tank Johnson
DT Alfonso Boone
LE Michael Haynes
WLB Joe Odom
MLB Hunter Hillenmeyer
SLB Brendon Ayanbadejo
CB Jerry Azumah
CB Rashied Davis
FS Chris Harris
SS Todd Johnson

Doug Brien gave way to Robbie Gould, who connected on 21 of 27 field goals as a rookie. Still the Bears are look to push Gould this year and possibly Brad Maynard as well.

Despite the talk of the Bears being happy with Rashied Davis and Bernard Berrian, the team will look to solidify the return game through the draft.

2006 1st Team Specialists
P Brad Maynard
K Robbie Gould
KR Rashied Davis
PR Bernard Berrian

2nd Team Specialists
K Matt Fordyce
KR Bernard Berrian
PR Rashied Davis

2005 1st Teams Specialists
P Brad Maynard
K Doug Brien
KR Jerry Azumah
PR Bobby Wade

2nd Team Specialists
KR Rashied Davis
PR Bernard Berrian

Note: the special teams starters and reserves for 2005 were determined by who had the job for the majority of the season.


Bear Report Top Stories