Last season disappointed everyone - the fans, players, coaches,
management, everyone. With high expectations after the Jay Cutler trade,
the defense lost their current face of the franchise, Brian Urlacher,
in the first game of the season. After Urlacher was lost for the season,
the team's identity was lost with him. Whether or not he would have
made of difference is still debatable because the Bears defense was a
In the past couple of seasons, there has been no pass rush and the
safeties lacked the play making ability as in years past, both essential
elements to Lovie Smith's version of the Tampa 2.
The Bears are poised to rise to the ranks of elite defenses in 2010
reclaim the respect its lost.
This offseason, the Bears signed this offseason's prized free agent
Julius Peppers. If quarterbacks are the most important players on the
field, then it can be argued that the defensive ends/pass rushers are
the second most important. Peppers is an elite pass rusher and might be
the best in the NFL.
Urlacher is coming off a potentially career ending injury. Even though
the Bears missed him last season, the cloudy skies have a silver lining
because Urlacher missed a season that was lost from the start. The
linebacker group played admirably and was the most consistent unit on
defense, but the defense didn't look the same without Urlacher. With
Urlacher returning, he and the Bears earned an extra year in football
After Super Bowl XLI, the Bears traded Chris Harris away to the Carolina
Panthers. Since then, the Bears have been shuffling the deck of
safeties with Danieal Manning, Adam Archuleta, Craig Steltz, Kevin
Payne, Josh Bullocks and Al Afalava. This offseason the Bears righted a
wrong decision. Since being traded, Harris has progressed and led the
NFL with eight forced fumbles in 2007 and forced two fumbles in each of
the past two seasons.