Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Israel Idonije (77) during a stoppage in play during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Did Former Chicago Bear Izzy Idonije Tip Off Defensive Signals to the Lions?

You hate to cry foul and be a sore loser, but following the Bears’ 40-32 loss to the Detroit Lions where the Bears defense was especially bad, no stone should be left unturned to figure out what went wrong.  Here’s an interesting tweet from ESPN’s Bears beat writer, Michael Wright.


The Bears made a big deal to say that they were keeping Lovie Smith’s defense in tact heading into 2013, but you’d think that they would at least change some of their calls when heading into a game against a former teammate?  Maybe they thought since J’Marcus Webb couldn’t help the Vikings, they didn’t have to worry about Izzy?  The thing is, Izzy didn’t sleep through all of the meetings like I presume JWebb Nation did.

If this claim is true, it is an inexcusable lapse on the part of the coaching staff and may have very well cost the Bears the game.  Besides those four Jay Cutler turnovers that is.

What do you think?  Did Izzy exact revenge on his former team, who let him walk after several very productive seasons together, by giving up the Bears calls?  Do you think it even mattered?


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  • Mylan Welborn

    Yeah it was pretty obvious that the Lions knew how the Bears were defending them. The Bears don’t give up 100+ yards to many people.

    Coach Trestman is cocky just like Cutler, so they probably dismissed the notion of Idonije being of any help. We should have run a lot more with Forte and Bush.

    It wasn’t a “smart” game plan at all.