NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Chicago Bears Defensive Outlook for 2009
May 5, 2009, 02:31 PM
The Bears ranked 5th against the run, allowing an average of 93.5 yards per game, but finished 30th in the league against the pass, giving up over 240 yards per game to opposing offenses. This was made most obvious with 3 games being lost in the 4 quarter last season. Win any 1 of those games would have ended in the playoffs.

In the off season the Bears hired Rod Marinelli to resurrect the D-Line Bob Babbich was demoted back to linebackers coach and Lovie Smith will be running the defense. The Tampa 2 requires the defensive linemen to be quick and agile enough to create pressure on the quarterback without the aid of a blitz from either the linebackers or the secondary. The addition of draft picks Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton fit in the Tampa 2 Scheme well and should infuse the D-Line with youth, speed and a welcome rotation on the line. This should also allow the pressure needed on the opposing Q.B. and allow the linebackers to play their normal center field position and not the crowd the line of scrimmage Linebackers we seen last year. If Chicago's backfield holds their own Chicago's D could return to their 2006 form.

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