Henry Melton and Amobi Okoye, two players who were pleasant surprises this season.
To end awards week, Grizzly Detail has a few more awards to hand out. If the MVPs for offense, defense and special teams were the movie of the year Oscars, these are the technical awards given out in a separate ceremony.
Breakout player of the year: Henry Melton played as a running back for Texas, but was moved to defensive tackle when he came to the NFL. The change of positions suited Melton well, as he had seven sacks in his second season, ranking him third among the NFL's defensive tackles.
Most ridiculous penalty-getter: Oh, J'Marcus Webb. The offensive tackle had the tough job of protecting Jay Cutler's blindside, so he responded by getting plenty of dumb false start penalties. In the Bears loss to Detroit alone, he picked up three false starts and gave up 15 yards. In the off-season, Webb should try working out with headphones turned at full volume so he'll get used to working under loud, loud conditions.
Best play that didn't count: Want to know why Dave Toub deserved to become one of the highest-paid special teams coordinators in the league? Look no farther than how the Bears returned a punt against the Packers in September. Toub's play used Devin Hester as a decoy to fool Green Bay's punting unit. It worked, as they never noticed Johnny Knox had fielded the punt and returned the ball for a touchdown. Unfortunately, a ticky-tack penalty called the touchdown back,
Worst mistake of the season: Marion Barber, come on down! The Bears were so close to beating the Broncos, which would have kept their playoff hopes alive and stopped the Broncos streak of late comebacks. Chicago was ahead after the two-minute warning and just needed to run the clock out. Unfortunately, Marion Barber stepped out of bounds, stopping the clock and giving the Broncos room for a comeback.
Player we can't wait to watch again in 2012: Amobi Okoye was brought in to give the Bears defensive line depth, and made an immediate impact. As a second-teamer, he had four sacks. Watching him next year as he gets more opportunities to play will be fun.