Tuesday, June 09, 2009

It's really not that bad.

I am having a recurring thought about the Bears, and this is where I put those: There are two things everyone is saying about the Bears this offseason. 1) This has been the best offseason in team history, & 2) it won't matter if the defense doesn't get much better, because the defense has to improve immensely if the Bears want to be a playoff contender.

I'm fine with number 1, but number 2 makes no sense. Last year the Bears were 9-7, and they weren't a vastly improved defense away from making the playoffs, they were actually a young Atlanta team pulling off the most improbable forty-yard pass with like :11 seconds left in the game away from making the playoffs. The Bears defense was the worst it's been in years, and it should be better given the amount of talent on that side of the ball and the amount of contract money Angelo's given to getting all that talent, but at the same time it wasn't quite as bad is it was perceived as being, and the Bears were a playoff contender last season. Yes, the defense should be better and it will be disappointing if it isn't, but even if the defense performs at essentially the same level, with the improvements made on the other side of the ball it's reasonable to expect the Bears to average nearly a touchdown per game better along with several minutes more of ball control, which last season would have given them a record of at least 12-4, and then nobody would be making weird claims about how the Bears defense needs to get so much better before the team can even think about the playoffs.

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