Dec 2, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Bears Defense Left Looking for Answers in Collapse vs Seahawks

They say legends don’t die, they just fade away.  Is that what we’re witnessing with this legendary Bears defense after a total and complete collapse at the hands of the Seahawks.   The Seahawks seem to have the Bears’ number as they outscored the Bears 31-0 in the second half of last season’s 38-14 calamity that spelled the end of the Bears’ 2011 season.

You have to question the defense following this collapse.  People will point to the decision to go for it on 4th and short in the first quarter, but that wasn’t the issue.  Just like last season, the Bears defense hid behind Caleb Hanie and his miserable performances, but they really let down then and they let down on Sunday.   When it mattered most, the defense allowed the Seahawks, led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, to march for 97 and 8o yards late in the fourth quarter and in overtime for touchdowns.  What happened to bend don’t break?  It looked bent and broken on Sunday.

Just like Brian Urlacher, the defense looked slow and old.  Urlacher could read the plays, but he just couldn’t consistently get to the ball in time to make a play.  Late in the game, poor tackling killed the Bears.  They weren’t able to make plays to get themselves off the field.  When the Bears miraculously came back to tie the game to force overtime, the coin toss sunk them.  The defense had been on the field far too long late in the fourth quarter.  There were gassed and got dominated by the younger, more energetic Seahawks.  They showed their age late in that game, just like they’ve showed their age late the last couple of seasons.

There are still four games for the Bears to make up some ground, but it’s looking a little grim.  Three of their four remaining games are on the road (@ Minnesota, @ Arizona and @ Detroit) while their lone remaining home game is against the Packer, who’ve had their number the last couple of decades for the most part.

After this performance, Bears fans have to be wondering what the team’s chances really are.  Following their loss and the Packers’ win, the Bears dropped from the #3 seed to the #5 seed with a trip to New York in their future if the playoffs were to start right today.  It’s a missed opportunity as the 49ers lost to the lowly Rams, which would have moved the Bears into the #2 seed with a win.

The division will likely hang in the balance when the Bears face the Pack at Soldier Field on December 16th.  A playoff berth is on the line when the Bears face the Vikings next week and the remaining games.  On the day when the offensive line seemed to pull it together and Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall were special, the defense let down.  This team needs to get all phases going and get on a run through December and beyond.  If they can’t it could spell the end of this team as we know it, starting with head coach Lovie Smith.

What do you think?  Can the Bears pull it together this season to make the playoffs?  If they do, can they make a run or will they be a one-and-done?   Let’s hear your Comments.


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  • Kip

    Oddly, I feel better about their chances in the playoffs after this game – assuming they can get healthy. The offense looked like it was finding a rhythm and Marshall is unstoppable. When the Bears get Jeffry’s and Bennett back and make the passing game harder to defend, I think the Bears will be just fine.

    And, yeah, the defense was gassed but I think a healthier offense could have put the Hawks away earlier. That’s why I like the 4th down decision. They showed confidence in the offense and they wanted a touchdown.

    • BearGogglesOn

      I agree that the offense is starting to round into form. It’s about time after 13 weeks! If they can start outscoring some people, maybe it won’t matter that the defense is falling apart.

      • John Mack

        Cutler did say to the fanbase, have patient this offense is going to be a process. I’m really starting to see the age of the defense as younger more physical teams are offensively pushing us around. If we can sneak into the playoffs we’ll need our veteran leadership to dig deep and find that extra cylinder to run on!

        Other than that, I agree with Kip. There are plenty of pros to take away from this game. I also think that based on some potential plays Eric Weems deserves more reps at the slot and return Devin Hester full-time to PR/KR. There’s a lot of talented youthful firepower this team has, Tice just has to figure out how to use it. Ditch Kellen Davis and work more with Rodriguez, Adams and Spaeth. Hell maybe there’s a TE on the practice squad that can replace Davis.

        I think the coaching staff is paying attention to the ways teams beat them. Part of why we were prepared for the fullback/TE sets the Vikings run is because of the massive amounts of plays the 9ers killed us with. So while we missed an opportunity to jump back into 2nd place, what we’re gaining in game-time scouting is priceless. There won’t be many new tricks come playoff time!

  • Haggs6

    Bears had them where they wanted with 2 mins left: Russell Wilson, pressured, heaves one up for grabs on the deep post and our man should have had the INT. Make the catch and a very different article after a 14-10 kneel down win. They looked gassed after that of course. The guy Scott at RT seems to make a big difference in pass blocking. Any word how bad Jennings is hurt?

    • BearGogglesOn

      Good insight. We had Seattle pinned inside the 5 with under 4 minutes to play. There’s no way they should be able to drive that ball on this defense.

      Oddly, I’ve heard that Scott hadn’t graded out that well following his first start last week.

      From what I’ve heard, it is not looking good for Jennings with a shoulder injury. Not sure how much time he might miss at this point.

  • Celestino Shinn

    Next weeks game is key. If they can’t beat the one dimensional Vikes (on the road), I don’t see them beating GB (at home), Lions (on the road), and maybe not even the Cards (on road). They control their destiny.

    • BearGogglesOn

      The Bears will need to get at least two more wins to even have a shot at the playoffs, but if they want the division, they need to beat the Packers in 2 weeks.

  • Jerome Manson

    I hope the defense comes around, otherwise they will have a hard time come playoff time with the Packers and