Week 12 Overreaction: Chicago Bears’ Defense Needs an Intervention

Jared Cook & Chris Conte

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With a day to think it over and to settle my nerves, I’ve still come to the conclusion that the Chicago Bears‘ road loss to the St. Louis Rams was the single worst loss that the Bears have suffered during the 2013 NFL season. Offensively, the team started slow and even gave the Rams the short field early in the contest; however, Josh McCown and company where able to overcome their early miscues and keep the team in the game.

Defensively, the Bears couldn’t stop running water in a kitchen sink.

As strange as it is for me to say, the Bears’ defense is the team’s weak link for the season. Sure, the Bears are dealing with a plethora of injuries from the defensive line to the linebacking core, as well as missing a valuable member of the secondary for the season.

Yeah, it’s bad in Chicago. The defense has allowed opposing offenses to literary run wild on them. Through 12 weeks, it seems as if the only person not to gain 100-plus yards rushing on the Bears’ D is my 87-year-old grandmother.

I could blame to lack of run stopping on all the Bears’ best defenders being on IR, but the NFL is a war of attrition. When one man goes down, the next has to step up. Thus far, the Bears’ backups have stepped up only to get run over again, and again and again. Historically, the Bears are known for running the ball on offense and on defense, not allowing anything. That hasn’t been the case for the majority of the season.

Sure, Matt Forte has been getting his numbers and touches (due to a combination of running and pass catching) but on the opposite end of the spectrum, the defense has been exposed. What makes the Tampa-2 effective is when a team can get consistent pressure with their front four and keep the ball in front of them when either a running back breaks contain, or when a quarterback completes a pass.

With a lack of true defensive tackles on the field, the Bears have been hung out to dry.

If the Bears fail to make the playoffs this season, it won’t be due to the offensive players not understanding Marc Trestman‘s offense, but more so on the defense not being able to get off the field.


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