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07:27 AM ET 01.16 | The Bears defense is now coming off an historically dispiriting season in 2013. Not a single defensive player noticeably improved, and no identity ever emerged for a group known for poor fundamentals. But talent and depth deficiencies contributed to the weekly disaster more than coaching. ... By blaming injuries and the roster more than [Mel Tucker], the Bears clearly put the onus on general manager Phil Emery to do something he has yet to do in Chicago: Prove he knows how to build a defense. It doesn't even have to be a great defense. Thanks to the explosive, expansive offense Emery put together, it barely has to be good. Average will do. If the Bears had been simply mediocre defensively in 2013, they would have won the NFC North. That's the low bar Emery now must make moves to meet.

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January 16, 2014  08:13 AM ET

The memory of Jerry Angelo lingers...

January 16, 2014  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Bears failure to make the playoffs should be on the defense, not Jay Cutler.Fix it.

Agreed.

January 16, 2014  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The memory of Jerry Angelo lingers...

It's still early. He has a lot to prove this off-season, though.

January 16, 2014  08:20 AM ET

There was plenty of crappy defense played around the league, but some did make it to the playoffs.

January 16, 2014  08:24 AM ET

A Hot Seat in
Chicago this time of year is not a bad place to be. Quite coveted actually.

January 16, 2014  08:29 AM ET

So... Building a defense known for poor fundamentals is the GM's fault? Wow.

January 16, 2014  08:31 AM ET
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A Hot Seat in Chicago this time of year is not a bad place to be. Quite coveted actually.

If you're into sub-zero windchills.

January 16, 2014  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If you're into sub-zero windchills.

I see you've met my mother in law.

January 16, 2014  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I see you've met my mother in law.

HEY-O!

January 16, 2014  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

There was plenty of crappy defense played around the league, but some did make it to the playoffs.

It seems like most of it was in Chicago...

January 16, 2014  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

There was plenty of crappy defense played around the league, but some did make it to the playoffs.

The AFC Championship game is this weekend, for 2 examples.

January 16, 2014  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I see you've met my mother in law.

Book her a flight on Southwest. It won't cost you anything, because bags fly free.

January 16, 2014  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Book her a flight on Southwest. It won't cost you anything, because bags fly free.

Well-played.

January 16, 2014  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The AFC Championship game is this weekend, for 2 examples.

that was my thinking. They were both awful.

January 16, 2014  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I see you've met my mother in law.

well done!

January 16, 2014  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I see you've met my mother in law.

Nice! That burn oughta melt her a bit.

January 16, 2014  09:20 AM ET

Rome wasn't built in a day. Urlacher retired, other components are getting long in tooth. The D is a work in progress.

January 16, 2014  09:20 AM ET
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Book her a flight on Southwest. It won't cost you anything, because bags fly free.

Now this is funny!

 
January 16, 2014  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Rome wasn't built in a day. Urlacher retired, other components are getting long in tooth. The D is a work in progress.

This ^^^

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