Thoughts on the Defense...

I'm obsessed with the offense, primarily because there's something to be obsessed with.  But upon second viewing of last night's ballgame, there's a lot to discuss on the other side of the ball.

1. Pisa Tinoisamoa and Kevin Payne will give the Bears better protection against tight ends and screen games than the club has had in a long time.  Both have a perfect mix of instinct and closing speed - essential for an element of the passing attack that usually comes right off the snap.  Most importantly, they are sure tacklers.

2.  The Bears don't have a dominating edge rusher (see: Richard Dent) but they do have three solid defensive ends that give offensive tackles one hell of a hard time.  Football analysts are fond of saying that a good pass rush can compensate for a lack of ability on the third level.  With the Bears, the opposite might also be true.  If the secondary can keep tight coverage for an extra second or two, the three ends might see a dramatic increase in sack totals.

3. Tommie Harris played pretty well last night but I think the second best defensive tackle on the field was Matt Toeaina.  Not only disruptive in the middle, Big Toe bounced off blocks and jumped in on gang tackles down field.  Sometimes you can make an impact with pure hustle and I thought Matt did that last night. 

4. Al Afalava.  Practice hero?  Because he was invisible last night.

5. Tru McBride.  Awful?  He was far too visible last night.

6. Hey Nathan Vasher.  To quote the late, great Warren Zevon, "Hit somebody!"  Running up to where tackles are being made and raising your arms confusingly does not a starting cornerback make.

7. Bottom line is this: twenty-one-points.  If the defense holds opponents to twenty-one points or less each week, the Bears are winning double-digit games.


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  • 21 points held would have won us more games last year too.

  • I thought Marcus Harrison was the most impressive DLineman - he was getting through the Oline like it was made of paper.

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  • In reply to dutsami:

    Big Toe came through last night. Harrison got extended playing time to get him in shape faster by the start of the season. Adams had a decent game too. I feel bad for Tommy but there are guys ready to step up. Too many times critics, scouts, GM's, fans and other talent evaluators misread guys that just need a chance to get out there and perform. Big Toe is one of those guys. Adams was on the practice squad for a long time. Guys like that are going to step up this year.

    Pisa looks like a cheetah chasing down innocent wildebeasts on the Saharan plane. I think he singlehandedly hurt Buckhalter for at least a quarter and some other dude. He just chased them down and swallowed them up.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Nice analogy about Pisa. What an acquisition!

    That being said, HH blocking on Devin's return is another illustration of why he should be among the 53.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Ha! That's amazing. Favre has a cracked rib...good God...

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I wasn't impressed with Tommie Harris last night. However, I definitely agree with you about Big Toe. Very ferocious! I refuse to get excited about Mark Anderson until he proves me wrong. But the thing that scares me is our secondary. How long will Bowman remain healthy? They're gong to have to go into the fire in Lambeau week one. Also has anyone noticed anything about Jarron Gilbert?

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Favre coming back has the look of football non-story of the year. I don't think he's going to make it very long.

    Tommie Harris had to impress you. Just the fact that he was on the field. The guy has a noticeable limp. No chance he plays a complete season but maybe he cane take out Aaron Rodgers before he goes.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    There is a poll on which asks "Did the Bears or Broncos get better in the offseason trade?"

    11% Broncos
    89% Bears

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I don't think we've really faced a real good offense as of yet. I think Green Bay will be more of a thermometer as to how the defense holds up. But at least I feel we have a fighting chance with Mr. Cutler as the offensive helmsman so to speak to answer back.

  • Im going to continue my Corey Graham for president rants. Thouhgt he looked very solid partiularly in the red zone. He should be starting somehwhere in that secondary. Payne also looked good. However, I am very concerned about Orland Pace covering Jay's blindside...he might get creamed at some point. Pace looked slow..

  • So much hinges on how much Peanut and Bowman will be able to bring to the table.

    Those otrher DTs had better be ready to step up. Can't help thinking that it's only a matter of time before Tommie Harris has to sit down for a while.

  • Im concerned about Tillman and Bowman's first action being in greeb bay. I know the preseason is pointless, but the old cliche there is no way to recreate game speed in practice..

  • That's "Green Bay" not Greeb.

  • I was pretty impressed with the defense last night actually. They were put in a lot of bad spots because of field positon and really answered the bell.
    To me the most impressive Bears defender for the entire preseason has been Brian Urlacher. While he has missed a couple of tackles, he has consistantly been around the ball. Both in pass coverage and against the run. What I take from that mainly is that his speed game is back. And the bread and butter for Brian is his speed. I for one think he's gonna have a big year. I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk of that.
    The Harris situation is just plain sad. Even when he made plays he limped back to the huddle. I think he's just plain done.
    McBride blows. No more to say about that.
    I also thought that while the Big Toe was good, Harrison was most impressive interior lineman.
    BTW, go Texans tonight!!

  • Hood can't be any worse than Rogers-Cromartie. he gave up almost 180 yards and 2 touchdowns by himself for AZ.

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