The Bears Have Been In This Situation Before... And it Turned Out Alright

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DeAngelo Hall tied an NFL record with 4 interceptions. (Photo courtesy of

DeAngelo Hall tied an NFL record with 4 interceptions. (Photo courtesy of

Week 7 could not have been much worse for the Chicago Bears. The starting quarterback got injured. Lance Briggs went down. The defensive struggles continued. Worst of all, the Bears lost a close, winnable game. There is not one true Bears fan who feels optimistic about the rest of the season. However, there is one little thing that can provide the fans with at least a tiny ray of hope going into the later season games –  recent history.

Here is a positive thought. In 2010, the Bears lost to the Redskins in Week 7 at home going into their bye week in a game they clearly should have won. They fell to 4-3.  Around that time, people were saying the season was over because of the offensive struggles. They were wrong. The Bears ended up losing the NFC Championship game that year, and as bitter of an ending that season had, I’d give almost anything to have the Bears playing in that game again.

What I’m trying to say is that as bad as the defense looks, there may be some kind of solution found. After that loss to the Redskins in 2010, I felt just as aggravated as I do now. Maybe the defense can turn things around even a little bit, just like the 2010 offense. 

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  • Michael J Salmestrelli

    There were no serious injuries on the 2010 Bears roster that season. Your analysis would make sense without the injuries. A clearer link to the past is 2009 or 2011. Injuries were the issue. Are you basing all of this on a week 7 loss to the Redskins parallel? That’s weak

  • john graham

    I don’t buy this defense is that bad.That isn’t what I saw at the season start.Mel only coaches try to get Ratliff I still say one player can and will turn these guys around.With some rest and a little healing these players will surprise you but not me.Leave Blake on special teams where he shines. Play Greene and Jon with Anderson.Watching the game over Jon made plays and was off on a few which I expect Mel and him to fix.The pass coverage needs addressing do it Mel.