Please Register or Log in to Remove this Advertisement! "According to Football Outsiders, no linebacker was involved in a higher percentage of his team’s plays through five weeks, and his 18 defeats were most in the league. Through Sunday, he’d probably been the Bears’ best player. But Chicago’s problems began long before Briggs went down, and although he and Tillman are the bigger names, it’s the issues along the defensive line that have exposed the ills of the entire defense. The injuries to Melton and Collins set off a chain reaction. With both of them gone, the Bears were forced to move starting defensive end Corey Wootton inside to pair with defensive tackle Stephen Paea (who also missed a game earlier this year). Moving Wootton meant that Shea McClellin, the defensive end Chicago took in the first round last year, became an every-down player. The Bears knew when they drafted McClellin that he might struggle holding up against the run, and that’s proven true. Losing both defensive tackles meant a downgrade at two different positions in the run game, and the result was what we saw on Sunday. To make a stop, the Bears’ second-level players have to completely sell out, leaving them exposed to the boots, keeps, and play-action passes that are all favorites for Washington." Again, blame whoever you want, but the reality is that the cover 2 requires front 4 pressure, and they have no one that can do that b/c of age, inj's, and a busted draft pick. This is the primary reason I have to give Tucker a "incomplete" for the year. I said last year, and most didn't want to believe it, but Conte/Wright are not good DB's, and needed replaced, well here it is, ask them to cover and make the right play, not just be opertunistic on a broken one, and they are getting shredded. Izzy cannot even get a start, and barely on the field, he wasn't the answer to save this year, BU isn't going to correct poor safetyplay while he is busy getting trucked himself. The D was to old and thin, and Emery did the right thing to let it go and try a soft reboot while he fixed the O, it didn't work, but it was the right choise, like holding at 20 in blackjack and getting beat w/a 21, the correct move can still get you beat. Now he needs to do a full on reboot, but it doesn't mean you ignore the O for 1 to 2 years while you fix it; that's what lead to this problem to begin with. It's not like the O is stocked w/depth also, if it was you'd see more on the field. The rebuild has gone well so far, and w/any hope we can have a playoff Bears team next year b/c of a remodled D, one that is not necessarily cover 2 b/c that's what the players want, but a D that is modled around what the HC and DC want, and let the players adjust accordingly.