Chicago Bears: Five Myths Surrounding the 2015 Team

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Jul 30, 2015; Bourbonnais, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive back Antrel Rolle (31) during practice at Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Myth 5: The defensive backfield has drastically improved

I keep hearing about how much better the defensive backfield will be in 2015 – I’m not sold one bit.

Losses: Charles Tillman, Chris Conte, Danny McCray

Additions: Antrel Rolle, Tracy Porter, Alan Ball, Adrian Amos

Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle (26) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears added 3 guys in the defensive backfield that are ages 32, 29 and 30. We can say one thing with certainty – they got older. But did they get better?

Rolle has had a nice career and was a nice pick up but came from a Giants team that was 18th vs. the pass and 29th in yards per pass play last year.

Furthermore, Rolle’s 3 interceptions last year are exactly the same amount as the guy who he came in to replace, Chris Conte. There’s a common misconception that Antrel Rolle has filled the holes at the safety position. The fact is, Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen were even bigger problems last year and guess what – they’re both still here.

That said, I hope I’m wrong and I do feel that the front seven has improved. Hopefully that will be enough to help improve the secondary. However, there’s definitely no drastic improvement in the defensive backfield.

What do you think, Bears fans? Leave a comment and let me know.

This article is dedicated to my brother-in-law and passionate Bear fan, Adam Katolick, who passed away suddenly at 37 last week. Keep your family close and don’t take them for granted. 

RIP Adam and Bear Down!

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