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Dick Jauron has never been a flashy man. He's quietly confident and looks for similar attributes in his players. Jauron prefers the hard working player rather than the unproven athlete full of potential.

"We've all seen that have looked real good in the spring," he said. "They always look good in shorts and helmets. Put on the pads and suddenly they disappear."

In other words workout wonders are not something that impresses the Bears head coach. He prefers players that get the job done rather than athletes. Bryan Robinson, who was an undrafted free agent, worked his way into the Bears starting lineup in the second half of the 1998 season and hasn't looked back.

No one personifies the non-athlete more than defensive tackle Ted Washington. He doesn't look pretty, but he gets the job done. His presence along with Keith Traylor elevated the Bears defense to the stingiest in the league in 2001.

"It's true the other way too," Jauron said. "You see guys that you want to cut every spring when you're out there in shorts and helmets. Then when you put the pads on they're football players. They know how to play the game; they know what the game is about, so it's an interesting time of year."

Of course, it doesn't hurt to have athletes that know how to play the game. The Bears trio of linebackers embodies that philosophy. Brian Urlacher, Rosevelt Colvin and Warrick Holdman all fly to the ball, but their instincts help get them to their destination a split second sooner.

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