Are the Chicago Bears Behind the Times AGAIN???

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Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the huddle before a play against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is a copycat league.  Teams follow the blueprint of successful teams and reshape their schemes and rosters to fit the latest trend.

The Bears finally have a modern-day big boy NFL  offense.  Big play wide receivers?  Check. A pass-catching, play-making tight end? Check. A dynamic dual-threat running back? Double check.  A serviceable, improving offensive line which can pass protect and move bodies to run the ball decently? Check.  A franchise quarterback? Depends who you ask, but based on the contract Jay Cutler just signed, I’d say check.  And all of this just in time for the pendulum to swing back in favor of defenses.

No, the rules did not change overnight.  NFL officials will still be calling games that over-protect the quarterback and favor the offense.  The problem is that when you look around at the NFC playoff teams, they have one thing in common – top-flight, physical dominant defenses.  Just in time for the Bears to have one of the worst defenses in team history.

The top four scoring defenses in the NFL were the final four teams in the NFC – the Seahawks (14.4 PPG), the Panthers (15.1 PPG), the 49ers (17 PPG) and the Saints (19 PPG).

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  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    Even if Lovie was still the coach we still wouldn’t have a top 10 defense this year. Age & injuries too much. It might not have been as bad but it would have still been bottom half of the league. Our offense would have never figured it out

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    You need a balanced team w/ an identity on offense. I think we have that identity in the offense that Trestman runs and the weapons to run it. We just need some balance on defense. Get a stop when we need it, not give up 3 4th down conversions on a game winning drive. Emery will improve the defense through the draft and FA signings… could it get worse?