DIAGNOSE THE BEARS DEFENSE
So what’s wrong with this defense? It’s easy to see that this unit has not been the same since Ron Rivera left town. Is it that he was a Super Bowl Bear that commanded respect and was also a more aggressive coordinator? Is it that Bob Babich is not a solid tactician, failing to make any adjustments? Is it that too many of the Bears’ players have their big money contracts?
It’s probably all of the above. But when you have Urlacher, Briggs, Ogunleye, Alex Brown, Mike Brown, Tillman and Vasher, you should be better than they are. The defense now looks more like it did during the Dick Jauron days–bend but don’t break and try to rely on turnovers. They are ranked right around the middle of the pack in most defensive stats.
I heard some of the Bears on the radio commenting that the lack of sacks is due in part to the quick three-step drops of the QBs the Bears have been playing. We’ll accept that. But if that is the case then why do the Bears’ DBs routinely play anywhere from 5 to 10 yards (and more) off the ball?
What do you think?