You know the saying "the rich getting richer?" Well if good defenders were money, then the Bears are filthy. Don't look now, but check out what the Bears have done in the past four days. First Briggs comes to terms on a one-year tender, like I always thought he would (who in their right mind would pass up 7.2 million!), and now Darwin Walker was traded from the Bills. These two transactions make the Bears defense once again the favorites to be the most dominant, if not best in the league. Not only did they fill a hole left by Tank, but they probably have the deepest secondary in the entire NFL. They currently have three players who don't start in Manning, Manning Jr., and Chris Harris who have plenty of starts plus big-time playing experience under their belts. With Archuleta starting in a defensive scheme that suits his skills, and Mike Brown returning again to patrol the free safety position, the Bears have the players to fill in in case of injury. Back to Walker. This guy is the perfect fit for the 2-gap system cause he's quick and athletic. He will provide protection for Tommie Harris and teams won't be so quick to double team TH if Walker plays well like the past few years. He had 6 and a half sacks last year, including 2 against the Saints in their playoff loss. The Bears will not miss Tank or his baggage one bit, and one may argue they're improved with Walker now manning the nose tackle position. The Briggs signing brings new and heated competition at the SAM spot. Hillenmeyer has long been the weakest link in our linebacking corp., but now will have Jamar Williams breathing down his neck. Furthermore, defensive end is a huge strength too. You know they're deep at end when Alex Brown isn't even starting.
In the off-season everyone and their mother was ripping the Bears a new one and proclaiming they would be the next SB runner up bust. Not so fast people, the media, Bear-haters. As we can see our defense will be better, deeper, and more experienced in personnel. It will be the 4th year in the same system. It will give the coaches the ability to expand the playbook and be more aggressive in their approach. This all adds up to another great playoff run for the Bears and possibly redemption for last seasons humiliating SB loss.