The Chicago Bears endured quite an offseason in 2013. With almost a brand new coaching staff all around, the team is adapting to a new playbook and in a hurry. Training camp is underway, and if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, it’s the defense.
Although the team is playing in their first season post-Brian Urlacher retirement, they are making sure to keep their priorities straight. An aspect of the defense that has never been questioned recently in Chicago is the ability for them to make plays and have fun doing it.
Friday was no different. Quarterback Jay Cutler was picked off on more than one occasion and twice the defense ran it back for a score. Both safety Chris Conte and linebacker Blake Costanzo got in on the fun today, but they weren’t the only ones smiling.
Each time a defensive teammate scored, the entire sideline erupted — as usual. Celebrations are called for all around anytime this defense makes a big play. It’s something that has been instilled over the years within this team and its remaining veterans.
Linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Charles Tillman have been big parts of this unit for quite some time, and along with a few others have done a fantastic job helping along the younger guys. Everybody is bought into the system, there’s no question about it.
Throughout practice you will hear the coaching staff screaming phrases like, “If you go for the ball, take it away!”
This team doesn’t just want to aim for the ball because they find it fun. They go after the ball because they find scoring touchdowns fun.
New defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has been impressed with the guys so far and they are responding well. They have a lot of different faces amongst the linebacker position, but the hope is that with everyone bought in, the defense will continue to produce.
If the Bears can continue their physical and dominating ways on defense it will keep turning into points, plain and simple. Chicago has a history of punishing playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, and if this unit has anything to say about that continuing, you can be sure it absolutely will.