Bears defense coming together quickly

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    With same scheme and Briggs calling plays, transition to new coaches relatively seamless


    By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune reporter

    July 31, 2013

    BOURBONNAIS — Charles Tillman still has the ball-punch in his defensive tool box.

    Tim Jennings still knows how beneficial it can be to loiter near the football where good things can happen for a cornerback.

    And Julius Peppers remains vigilant when it comes to harassing the quarterback.

    Not much has changed for the Bears' veteran, pilfering defensive unit with the absence of coach Lovie Smith, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and likely Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher.

    Perhaps the biggest change involves veteran Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs calling the shots in the huddle and making pre-snap adjustments instead of Urlacher.

    "He's gaining confidence in what he's doing. The players are gaining confidence in him getting us lined up," first-year defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said of Briggs. "He is doing a great job with the checks and the adjustments. It's a work-in-progress, but it has been getting progressively better each and every day."

    Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic from Florida and veteran free agent linebacker D.J. Williams seem to be integrating themselves into the unit's schemes and philosophy quickly as well.

    "Ask me in about six months and we will see where we all are," Tucker said. "The expectation is really, really high for these guys on this team. But it is because of a standard they have set by the way they played in the past. But you are only as good as your next play. So that's the motivation."

    Tillman had three interceptions and forced 10 fumbles last season, most notably with his patented ball-punch maneuver. For his career, he has 33 interceptions and 37 forced fumbles.

    "If you're on offense and you're a ballcarrier and you are just worried about me, then that gives 10 other guys the chance to knock the ball away," Tillman said. "So if teams are focusing on me all of the time as just one individual … it's cool."

    Jennings is coming off his first Pro Bowl season and believes the key to the Bears' defensive success is it's fun-loving approach.

    "The guys that we have, we enjoy what we're doing," said Jennings, who had nine interceptions last year. 'We make sure we have fun while we're doing it. And that's what kind of separates us from the offense."

    Tucker is pleased with the vibe of the defense, as long as players continue to produce.

    "It's a loose group, but they take tremendous pride in their ability to play the game," Tucker said. "Lance, he has seen a lot of ball. D.J. has seen a lot of ball. James Anderson … those guys have played a lot of football. They ask great questions. We go in the meeting at one level and we come out of it at a higher level.

    "That's because of those guys."


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...efense-bears-chicago-20130731,0,3645669.story
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    hmmm. now that's kind of interesting...

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