Before the season started, Lovie Smith wanted to restore the Monsters of the Midway brand of football. In the past couple weeks, Bears defense are starting to look like the defense we all grew up to admire.
The swagger is back. The players on defense are a confident group and will continue to progress.
Although the Bears defense has only recorded 2 sacks, they have shut down their opponents rushing attack. In two games, the Bears are giving up an average of 28 yards a game. Since teams can't run on the Bears, they're forced to attack the Bears defense through the air.
The Bears have 3 interceptions, tied for second in the league and opposing quarterbacks have a 71.0 rating. With opposing offenses throwing the ball, the secondary is getting more opportunities to get an interception and/or completely flattening a receiver.
When asked about the impact Chris Harris made with his hit on Roy Williams, D.J. Moore said:
''After that, they were looking up. They didn't even want to catch the
ball,'' nickel back D.J. Moore said.
The intimidation was very much a factor for the Dallas wide receivers:
'It helps a lot because
they're not really trying to catch it, and you
can get a lot of tips and overthrows,'' Moore said.
one, he was pretty much just scared to get hit,'' Moore
said. ''He short-handed it like he was just about to get hit.''
Lance Briggs weighed in:
the tone we want to set out here,'' Briggs said. ''If [they're]
going to catch the ball, make them pay. On some plays, you can see that
came into play. It helped; it affected some of the catches that
could've been drive-extenders.''
And finally, of Chris Harris, Tommie Harris said:
''Chris Harris set the tempo by
shutting down the middle,'' Tommie
Harris said. ''When you see that, guys start questioning whether they
want to come across the middle.''
The swagger is definitely back but are they back to the Monsters of the Midway level? No not yet but they could be on their way.
Quotes courteasy of Chicago Sun Times: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2726864,CST-SPT-1bsep20.article
and Chicago Breaking Sports: http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/09/bears-quotes-the-defense.html