The defense wasn't THAT bad.

Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by JustAnotherBearsFan99, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. dachuckster

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    Both Emery and Trestman seem to have been pretty open and honest about most things, so far. I am willing to believe the statements about Peppers being really sick last week. Hopefully he will be more active this week.

    Melton is a different story. It looks like he had a pretty bad concussion. I have been trying to find a detailed description of the league's concussion protocol but I can't. From what I did find it looks like a player's day do day activities are strictly regulated and controlled by the doctors. A player has to engage in no activity until he is symptom free. Then the player is reevaluated after each workout session afterwards. If any symptoms appear, they play cannot work out at all until he is symptom free.

    Did Melton sit out a week or two with no ability to even do any cardio or weights? How fast was he able to return to a full practice schedule? If he lost 3+ weeks of conditioning, I wonder how long before he will be a full speed.

    Our DL may take another week or two before getting up to speed.
     
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    Man Slack comes back not 100 % he's a hero LMAO Peps n Melton both sat out most of TC as well as Peppers being sick all last week and Bears D sucks And there are rumored reports that he still not right form his hammy alot of things to considered Its a brand new regime

    To all those bashing the NEW D

    What about those 5 games last season the five games left on the field ,.... Texans, Seahawks, Minny at Minny, Packers here & there

    You can't see the Bears improving upon ANY of these games ???

    I know I can and do... They just proved it

    The Vikings game so eerily reminded of the Seahawks game of last season WHERE the D did let the Hags back into the game and ultimately losing in OT,... AT HOME

    Difference in the Vikings Game were TOs allowing them to stay close ,...all the while and the offense remained poised in keeping them in the game,..along with D stops as well ,... after all 16 pts were only allowed by the D
     
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    Melton was drawing double teams in the Viking game, and on at least one play he was triple teamed. He still was crushing the pocket pretty well and disrupting Ponder, and helping keep Adrian Peterson from beating us with a big day running.

    I love to see sacks like everyone else, but it's not the end-all metric of a DL's production. You guys understand that, right?
     
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    THIS is something I think the Queens coaching staff game planned around with regards to Ponder's speed.

    Some thing I do hope the Bears do step on with the likes of other slippery eels down the road
     
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    I was seeing the pocket collapsing a couple times myself. I wasn't saying that Melton is currently an invalid, just that it may take another week or two for him to be able to play the whole game at a high level.

    You are right about sacks as a misleading stat. But so far opposing QB's has been able to play in a pretty clean pocket. if we were disrupting the pocket and forcing opposing QB's to make plays on the move most of the time, I would feel much better.
     
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    I agree with you 100%. And I also agree with everyone that the defense and the DL need to continue to get better - just like the offense, Cutler, the Special Teams unit etc. The Bears are definitely a "work in progress" at this point. No question there.

    But it isn't like the sky is falling on defense.
     
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    meh, if the DL doesn't vastly improve upon its performance thus far, it is certainly going to feel as if the "sky is falling" when Brees, Rodgers, Stafford and Eli get a hold of this defense.
     
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    Yeah, but those teams have their issues too at this point. The Saints are like us (unbeaten) but they don't look like a well-oiled machine at this point. Eli's defense has struggled more than ours. Detroit looks like Detroit to me again this year (poor saps should be 0-2 at this point, IMHO), and the Packers have a win over a crappy Redskin team, and a defense ranked 28th in the entire NFL right now.

    I just think it's too early to worry very much about our team. It's a "work in progress" for sure. But it is very reasonable to expect that it will improve.
     
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    JABF, I agree with your points. There's more to it than sacks and we have faced two of the best OLs in the NFL with two of our key DL guys not 100% yet. That's why I'm not in panic mode about the lack of pass rush yet. But.....we have only a week or two left to get this remedied. We aren't going to beat teams like NO, GB, and Baltimore if the QB has lots of time to throw. Rodgers, Brees, Flacco, even RG3/Stafford will tear apart almost any defense that doesn't get pressure on them.

    So....not panicking yet but time is running out to get the DL to where it needs to be.
     
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    I agree. I'm hopeful we'll see improvement. And in all honesty, we should see improvement on offense and special teams too. The team is definitely a "work in progress" right now - and for a solid 2013 season, we need to have all phases, and the coaching, continue to take steps of improvement. But overall I'm pretty comfortable with where we are at this early point in the season.

    The team needs game reps now more than anything, and that will come. I've said this all off-season - that we need to understand that this team underwent MAJOR change. That comes at an initial cost. It isn't reasonable to assume that a team with this much change is going to be operating like a fine Swiss watch after 2 games.
     

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