Who says the “defense wins championships” axiom is dead? Maybe the Denver Broncos, who scored a league best 37.9 PPG but allowed nearly 25 PPG. The Patriots were second in scoring offense, averaging the same as the Bears, 27.8 PPG. Unless the Bears are switching conferences, the latest formula for success in the NFC appears to be a hard-hitting, violent defense which can stop – or at least slow down – the high flying offenses.
There is hope for the Bears. Just last season, the Saints were historically bad; one of the worst defenses ever to disgrace the league. Rob Ryan came in and righted the ship, turning the Saints from worst to nearly first on D.
I’m not convinced that Mel Tucker is the guy to do that with this Bears bunch which will face a lot more turnover on defense than the Saints had to face, but Phil Emery and Marc Trestman do, so we’ll have no choice but to sit back and watch to see if Tucker can turn this group around back to respectability and closer to the latest hot trend in the league – good defense. Didn’t we just have a guy who specialized in D?
As you watch the games this weekend, especially the NFC Championship game, watch to see how far the Bears have to go.