Chicago Bears: Comparing the 1985 defense to 2019 group

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Kyle Fuller comparison: Leslie Frazier

Leslie Frazier had a very short but solid career. He had 3 seasons in which he recorded 5 or more interceptions, which is extremely expensive considering the fact that he only played five seasons in the NFL. Enter Kyle Fuller, who lead the league in interceptions in 2018. After having a pretty mediocre career until 2017, Fuller showed signs of becoming an elite corner in his third NFL season and finally broke out this past season.

As a first-team All Pro in 2018, Fuller is certainly on the level of Frazier and quite arguably better. Although Frazier never received any major NFL accolades, he was certainly an underrated piece of of the greatest defense in NFL history.

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Prince Amukamara comparison: Mike Richardson

Both Prince Amukamara and Mike Richardson are very solid and underrated defensive backs who were a bit overshadowed by their counterparts in Leslie Frazier and Kyle Fuller. When the Bears won the Super Bowl, Richardson was only 24 years of age and his prime was still ahead of him. At 29, Amukamara is in his prime and has served as a solid coverage player for Chicago. Amukamara’s interception numbers are not all that impressive, however he was able to swat down mostly everything that came his way in 2018 and will look to do the same next season.

One difference between Amukamara and Richardson is their respective roles on the team. As the “old man” in the secondary (at 29), Prince serves a valuable leadership role for the young defensive backs on the current roster, while Richardson was considered a young player on the championship Bears. Although unlikely to have any sort of breakout season with many interceptions, Amukamara will look to continue to provide leadership and a steady role in coverage.