In Memoriam: The Chicago Bears Defense (2004 – 2013)

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The Chicago Bears (nee The Decatur Staleys) of 1920 Football Drive, Lake Forest, IL were pronounced dead on November 24, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri after suffering another miserable performance and allowing 42 points to a Rams team that was averaging 22.4 points per game while giving up 258 rushing yards on just 29 attempts.  They were surrounded by family and friends, many of whom had traveled to see them, but after this latest effort, it is safe to pronounce them dead.

They suffered a rapid decline; a decline that they did not expect to come on so quickly.  A combination of injuries and old age could be attributed to their untimely demise. Led by former Head Coach Lovie Smith and future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, the Bears, the defense enjoyed a good run over a 10 year period, where they ranked outside the top half of scoring defenses only once.  For a two-year span in 2005 and 2006 they ranked 1st and 3rd in scoring defense, allowing 12.6 and 15.9 PPG respectively and propelling the Bears to the playoffs in consecutive seasons including a Super Bowl appearance.

The Bears defense led the league in takeaways over the span of their run, as the signature of the unit. A bend-but-don’t break philosophy was based on preventing big plays and allowing teams to make small gains with the idea that the opponent would make a mistake before they could score served the team well when they had the personnel to run the scheme.   As players aged and others departed, the coffers proved to be bare without suitable replacements.  Years of bad drafting and questionable personnel decisions led to a lack of depth. 

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  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    RIP Monsters of the Midway. It was heck of a run. I think we can have a ressurection if we bring in the right players this offseason Mel Tucker can immediately have us atleast respectable. We’ll have good draft position & plenty of cap space to do it. Couple that with Cutty & the rest of the offense playing their second year in Trestman’s offense & I think we can make a serious run next year. IF CUTLER CAN STAY HEALTHY !!

  • Michael Praser

    I just can’t believe that they are gone. I keep looking at the field envisioning a top 10 defense. Well, when Adrian Peterson has a record setting single game rushing record next week, closure will be complete.

  • Gary Gettz

    I wonder if Chris Conte started taking ‘Adam Archuleta’ pills this season because he’s sure playing as well as good ol’ Adam did in his one season with the Bears. For every good play Conte makes, there’s 4 or 5 more where he’s either out of position, taking the a bad angle, beaten by a receiver or all of the above and then some. He really looks over matched out there most of the time, especially when he’s being run over which unfortunately most of the time. I wanna believe it’s a scheme, but with each passing game, it appears to be more of a Conte thing. He really seems clueless.

    He’s an NFL player so he’s obviously got more talent than I do, but he’s not being paid to play like I do. I’m sure it’s pretty hard to play at a top level all of the time at the NFL level, so I’d be happy if Conte could manage it for 50% of the time.

    Guys (white or black) who really don’t have any game, should probably avoid getting all of the tats. Just adds to the embarrassment. The mustache is a real winner too, isn’t?

    (Replace Conte’s name with Major Wright and all of the above still applies, except maybe the mustache).