Cameron Worrell on the State of the Bears Defense [AUDIO]

Cameron Worrell on the State of the Bears Defense [AUDIO]

Another terrific conversation with our buddy Cameron Worrell. During the chat Cam discusses:

  • Why the defense has struggled with read-option quarterbacks over these last two season.
  • What it feels like to be a helpless defender at the end of a game like Sunday's.
  • The toughness and leadership of Brian Urlacher and why the Bears will miss him over the next month.
  • How Geno Hayes and Kelvin Hayden will handle the step into the starting lineup.
  • A defensive player's approach to tackling Adrian Peterson.
  • Whether the Bears are currently one of the top defenses in the league and where he thinks they'll be a month from now.

Give it a listen. It's worth it.


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  • first to disagree on the whole "scheme vs. speed" on urlacher. old urlacher would've been able to get to the edge to catch wilson. maybe not every time, but he certainly wouldn't have let him run 9 times for 70 yards.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    and i understand his explanation on seattle creating extra gaps, but brian used to be able to use his speed to cover these sorts of plays. experience and wisdom can only carry a player so far.

    it's a shame he's not playing this week. ponder would've been a nice cure for what ails him.

  • Rabbit.. left a message for you on the last thread. Check it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I will do what I can, sir.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I expect nothing less. get some

  • can't wait for this trip:

    Shun the non-believers. shuuuuuuuuuaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnnnnnn....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hahahahaha, haven't watched that in awhile.

    And Crunch, quit using the damn italics! You are a wreaker of havoc, the breaker of blogs, the fly in the internet ointment....when you continually poke the gnomecode, you are doomed to get bitten.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    This man is a genius:

    Plain and simple.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I spent a couple of months with that "banana in your ear" stuck in my head.
    Now it's back.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    you're welcome.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'll stop after March 1st when the thrill is gone.

  • Must be so rewarding to be a Jets fan...

  • Meth - it's not what is for dinner

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Damn, that is just ... Damn.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yikes. That black dude is 39?!?!?! Deeeeeum.

    That shit is naaaaasty.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't believe the one right beneath the dead woman with the coat on her chest and blood on her face. Something extra there

  • Gnooooooooooome Cohhhhhde
    My preciousss........
    we hates it we do...

    - playing with fire

  • I'm trying to catch up on the blog. Only read about half the posts from the previous one. All you guys flying into Ohare might want to consider taking the train downtown. Much, much cheaper. I'm sure you can find the layout of the EL and figure out which stop to get off. Not that I care but it might save you some money that you can invest on booze and babes. Just a thought.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    fuck that canada. the train?!?!? What, you think this is fucking jolly old england. Mind the gap bitches, we're takin the limo!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You have no idea how stoked I've become. Holy jeezus. You guys are pulling out all the stops.

    Remember though, what happens in the limo, stays in the limo.

  • yes indeed. No cameras please.

  • Save the bagel-dogging for the hotel.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That really made me laugh Cor!

  • In reply to TheFifth:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's called the tube. You take the tube to the lift to get to your flat to eat pudding.


  • Doc I loved your post on the previous blog. Johnny you're not allowed to leave. Don't make me pull this car over!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks man.

    I'm reminded of the play that ended the Niners Bears game in the playoffs in 1984 season. Payton knew the bears were done. There was zero chance they could win. So what did he do his last run as time expired? He stayed in bounds and delivered one final punishing blow to the defender. That's how we should be as fans.

  • That can also hurt. See Lach-v-Vikes, Wk 17, 2011.

    But I understand the sentiment. The way I see it, being a Bears fan is like being a tightrope walker. You either are one, or you're not, and no amount of evidence or rational argument or historic suffering will dissuade us otherwise.

    To the bitter-sweet end, and it's been about 20 years since it has been sweet.

  • Closer to 30, actually

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm not sure Johnny can come back this season even if he wants to. Rumor has it that when he walked away from DBB, Jeff placed him on the reserve/nonfootball injury list...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Nice. Chilo and Johnny kicking it on the list. Come back. Both of you

  • 'Seattle just did a great job of scheming. The Bears didn't have time to adjust' - Worrell

    In other words, Lovie failed to anticipate and respond to the read option. In other words, Lovie got out-coached - AGAIN.

    I agree with Jeff. The Bears have done well against "running" QBs in the past because guys like Vick tend to be inaccurate. Also, they were more scrambling QBs than read-option QBs. Like I said in my Sea game preview, Wilson is like Hasselbeck but with an arm and legs, and that ended up being the difference.

    Marinelli did try to counter with Shea spying Wilson, which actually worked, but we went away from it.

    It's not necessarily our scheme, it's just that we need more athletic guys chasing down the QBs.

    Pepp is playing with one foot and can't cut off the edge. Lach was hobbled. Briggs has lost a step. Izzy is older. Roach isn't exactly a 4.5 LB.

    In the future against read option QBs, I'd play our youngest fastest guys. That means Woot instead of Pepp. Shea instead of Izzy. Pea and Melton in the middle. J.T. Thomas at Sam. That (and some opportunistic blitzes and spying) should more than contain the read option.

  • My main beef with that drive is that the D had just defended the whole field (rather poorly) during the last drive in regulation. So when we lose the coin flip and you know there's virtually no chance the game will end in a tie, why not take some time outs on defense for that Seattle Overtime drive? There's no point in saving them. Give your D a chance to adjust, catch their breath, and stay alive. Use all three timeouts if that's what it comes to. Seattle was running the no-huddle. Just use your freaking timeouts.

  • I was thinking the same. I thought that if Sea got a 1st down, call a time out so the D can rest. Another 1st? Another timeout (I think there's only 2 in OT).

    By then they would've gotten into FG range, but those are always dicey at Soldier, and it would've at least given a piping hot Cutler a chance to tie or win.

    But the problem with Lovie is that he's aggressive when he doesn't need to be (that 4rth and 1 instead of a FG) and too conservative the rest of the time.

    Game management, esp clock management, has never been his strength.

  • what I want to know is, what the fuck is lovie's strength?

    "The players loooove him"...

    fuck you. This is football, not fucking lamaze class. I don't give a fuck if they love him, they should fear/respect him.

    He sucks. I'm done with him. He is not a good HC... a good babysitter maybe.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lovie's strength?

    Annually getting draft picks in the 20s (see Reid, Andy). He can also curse without cursing too! I imagine it goes something like this...


    Yes, exactly like that.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What the french toast!?

  • Speaking of which, maybe that D.J. is back at nickle, we can see more of his effective blitzing and uncanny knack for ints.

  • I'd still like to know the real story behind him being benched for the last (x) games. I can't believe it's because of his comment on the Cutler/Webb pushing thing...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I wouldn't be surprised. It's called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  • what the fuck is wrong with Brazilians

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Seriously. I can't understand a word they're saying. Is that even English?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Ha! That was funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hilarious but that show is going to kill somebody with a weak heart...

  • I gotta say, as disappointing as the Lovie era has been, it can always be worse.

    Seeing what's happening to the Chiefs, Raiders, Eagles, Jets, Panthers, Jags, Cards, Lions gives me a little appreciation.

    It's assumed that a horrible record and top draft pick right an organization, but I give you the exhibit A, the Meows. Exhibit B, the Browns (aka "The Factory of Sadness")...

    Not that I'm at all satisfied, but it's like straddling the fine line between complacency and ingratitude...

  • fine line between complacency and ingratitude...


    I don't care if we win it all, I know how improbable and hard it is. A playoff win, that's what I want. If we win the next 4, we can have home field for sure. I'm not saying Super Bowl or we're shit - but let's just start with beating a team GOING to the playoffs. And - since DET, MIN, GB and ARZ are all missing the playoffs this year - that means a playoff win.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    I see how you did that. Very nice.

  • Just found out I have a student in my class next quarter whose name is Kok Wang. Yes really.

    Remember Wang Poon? Those were the days.

  • nice

    and pot is harmless huh doc, HARMLESS HUH!?!?!.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • Sukhdeep...

  • Boom!

  • And in case you guys want to know, the comedian above is Russell Peters in "Outsourced" which is funny as hell. A must watch.

  • He's Canadian, eh?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Sure is. Not sure what part - I think Toronto.

  • Lovie Smith peaked as the DC of a team that scored 10000 points a game (greatest show on turf).

  • You guys are crazy. Name a "great" coach that's done well without a studly qb. Lovie went to the freaking Super Bowl with Rex Fucking Grossman. He led his team to the 2 seed with Kyle fucking Orton. They lost the NFC
    Championship game when Cutler hurt his knee. They were playing better than anbody in the league ten games in last year when Cutler broke his thumb. They're 8 and 4 with one of the lowest points allowed in the league and still very live for a 2 seed. That shit doesn't happen to bad coaches. Especially to bad coaches with long term bad GM's.

    Lovie was compared to Mike McCarthy and his tenure today on 670. Seriously? McCarthy went from one Super Bowl MVP QB to another. Give me a break. Belicheat? Even with Brady, what's he done lately?

    Generally speaking Lovie's teams have been competitive. All of this with JA at the helm. Everybody on this blog says JA was the worst GM around and I agree. But you can't simultaneously think JA and Lovie both suck when the team is competitive. The wins are coming from somewhere.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Nice. Nearly 30 years ago a guy won a title with a pedestrian QB and the best defense ever assembled. Trent Dilfer won a title with the second best defense ever. "So your sayin there's a chance". Exception proves rule.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Haha, actually I was referring to where the wins were coming from, but I guess I answered your first question as well.

    Patting myself on the back for that.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    oh fucking stop that fucking bullshit.

    He's a fucking nothing. the dude is flatlined. He's garbage trading off our vets.

    He's a dogshit HC that couldn't out coach a fucking 5th grader.

    Just fucking stop it for fuck sake. He's traded off luck and mediocrity his whole career.

    Dog. Shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes, I'm drunk... thanks for asking.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Rex is our quarterback."
    "Hester is our wide receiver"
    "Hanie is starting"

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Let me ask you this Johnnywad, if Lovie does get fired, and Reid shows interest in the Bears, would you want Reid to be HC for the Bears?

    Lovie is the same guy. Can get to the postseason consistently, just not intelligent/creative/innovative enough to get passed the big boys.

  • The Bears hire Andy Reid? Not bloody likely, mate.

    I believe the last guy with head coaching experinced that was hired to coach the Bears was George Halas, returning from one of his several hiatus'.

    Dooley, Gibron, Pardee, Armstrong, Ditka, Wannstedt, Jauron, Smith. That's the roll call since Halas last gave it up after 1967 and it was the first head coaching position for all of them on that list.

    That's why I don't expect to see a Reid or a Cowher to ever coach the Bears.

  • No. And this is precisely my point. I don't want Reid. Nor do I want Turner, Schwartz, Rivera or any of these seasoned coaches that keep getting their shit pushed in every year. Reid had McNabb in his prime and couldn't get it done. Turner had Rivers, Gates and LT and couldn't get it done. Jim Schwartz has the best receiver in the NFL a 5000 yd QB and can't go 8 and 8. And thats the key, Lovie has been in the playoffs or near too it most of the time. Jay Cutler is an outstanding 4th quarter QB. If he's healthy, its very likely they go to the Super Bowl in 2010, roll into the playoffs last year on a tear, and they would have beaten the Texans this year for a 9-3 record, 2 seed, and that "signature win", everybody is clamoring for. This team is a couple of offensive linemen and a new MLB away from being great and many of you want to blow it up and start over. I can just see a new coach coming in with his 3-4 D all ready to go and Peanut, Briggs, Pepp, and everybody else staring at him like "we're gonna do what now?".

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I think that's a fair point jwad. question is:

    when do you say, enough is enough.. we've been saying the "if we blow this up and start all over with someone new... we'll be starting all over with someone new and we'll suck for a while and by then XYZ will be out of their prime" thing for how many years now? When do you finally pull the plug and say fuck it... we're not going to make it happen with lovie. We just aren't, he is who he is... and he simply can't get it done. And there are plenty of arguments the other way saying that with a new coach he can take what we have, build on it and win.

    We need a new coach after this year in my mind, period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes, I'm hungover and can't write. thanks for asking.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If they close strong, say 3-1, get a 2 or 3 seed and win a playoff game, you really want to fire him? This scenario is entirely possible. There is going to be a really tough market out there for a quality head coach given all the teams that will be hiring. I just don't believe you're going to find a big upgrade.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I would agree with Wad's assessment, atleast let Lovie be judged after he's had an offense that included a functioning O-line to go with that qb-rb-wr-wr combo.

  • Vikings have, apparently, taken the "Bill Belicheat" approach to the injury list.

    Allen, Wingfield, Rudolph and Kluwe, among others, are all listed as "Questionable". Even money they all play.

    They can ALL take the week off as far as I am concerned.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    They're all listed as "probable". Which means essentially guaranteed to play.

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