During Training Camp, Lovie Smith
wanted to bring back the Monsters of the Midway brand of football
back. Through 11 games this season, it looks like the Monsters of the
Midway are back, just ask DeSean Jackson.
After fielding a punt, Jackson made
sure he didn't get hit by oncoming defenders bearing down on him so
he fell to the ground. On a potential scoring opportunity, Jackson
made sure he didn't get hit by stopping short on a route and not
reaching for a catchable pass. After the game, Andy Reid made sure he
ripped Jackson a new one.
For one, the addition of Julius Peppers
has made offensive lines pay extra attention to him causing the rest
of the defensive line to step up and make plays. The improved play of
the defensive line has given the linebackers and secondary more
opportunities to make plays.
Another reason is that Brian Urlacher
is healthy. After missing practically the entire season last year,
Urlacher has one less year of wear-and-tear.
Since the Super Bowl
appearance, Urlacher has been hampered by neck and back injuries.
This has slowed him down and the defense hasn't been the same.
Lastly, the secondary play has been
much improved. DJ Moore leads the team with 4 interceptions and Chris
Harris comes in second with 3 picks. Danieal Manning is also having a
great year by making open field tackles and rarely being out of
All of these factors and the fact that the Bears have been relatively injury-free has brought the Bears defense back to prominence.
Here's where the Monsters of the Midway rank:
2nd in points allowed,
although 6 were from Dante Hall's pick 6.
4th in yards allowed.
4th in yards per play.
2nd in rushing yards
1st in turnovers.