In five NFL seasons, newly-acquired Chicago Bears safety Ryan Mundy hasn’t missed a single game. That’s the kind of durability and toughness that Bears general manager Phil Emery is looking for when rebuilding the secondary. Even the most casual fan knows that Chicago’s defense was awful in 2013 and it was largely due to a rash of injuries to crucial players. Hopefully Mundy’s good luck can continue as the Bears mark the safety’s third team in as many years.
Moreover, Mundy has played with two polished defensive coordinators spending four years with Pittsburgh Steelers mastermind Dick LeBeau and New York Giants coordinator Perry Fewell, who nearly became the Bears head coach last winter. While Mundy’s overall numbers may not jump off the page; he has managed to stay healthy, which is key for the folks in the Windy City.
Lamarr Houston is another gamer, who excels at stopping the run and wreaking havoc in the backfield. In addition, the 300-pound defensive end has never missed a game at the NFL level. If Emery continues to spend money on durable, proven and talented defensive players then the Bears’ defense should return to grace in no time. With that being said, Chicago’s offseason is hardly over as Emery still needs to bring in at least two more defensive backs and sign All-Pro defensive tackle Henry Melton in order to really get this defensive group back on track.