The defense wasn't THAT bad.

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    If they can avoid the injury bug the Bears will be a force to contend with more and more as the season progresses. So far they beat two playoff teams and didn't panic when behind. That's important IMHO !
     
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    Very well said, MPBears68. Time is indeed running out. The NFL season is a sprint, not a marathon (as baseball's season is). 16 games doesn't give you a whole lot of "leeway" to "figure things out and improve", and we have a VERY difficult stretch of games against some pretty good to elite QBs on the horizon. That is why some of us are growing increasingly concerned about the DL, week by week. Let's hope the DL excuses end this week against the Steelers.
     
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    One nice thing to consider is that as the players and coaches are improving and fine-tuning the team (offense, defense & special teams), we are winning every game. I'm thankful we have beaten two good teams while continuing to get the team playing better (to ultimately reach its full potential for this season).

    I believe that by the time we play in the playoffs, this team will be considerably better than now, and be a team that can (finally) beat good teams, rather than Lovie's recent teams that could only beat bottom-feeders. But we have a long journey to go from 2 games in to our season, until then. But we're moving in the right direction when we're unbeaten and lead the NFC-N, and the Green Bay Packers are looking up at OUR backside, instead of the other way around.
     
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    Does anyone know what the overall sack total for the NFL at this time compared to last year?

    I'm going to throw out a guess it's lower this year compared to last. For a few reasons: 1. teams are playing quicker getting the ball out of QB's hands. 2. the rule changes in protecting QB's also plays a part I believe. 3. the read option has made the D lines play much slower they can't commit as quickly as they used to. 4. the over aggressive D lines get burned by bubble screens and delayed draws big time. 5. this a completely different O compared to O's just 5 years ago. Games faster and smarter that's why slow uptake of HC's that are not offensive minded schemes are going to be in serious trouble.
     
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    The DL didn't undergo a major change. Other than Izzy being gone, all the personnel are the same. The top 6 guys at DE/DT are identical. No one knew that Melton would miss most of the preseason or that Pep would have the flu of course, but you would expect less "transition friction" on the DL than you would at LB or OL for instance where there were wholesale changes. The most surprising negative of the season thus far has been the inability of the DL to generate a sustained and disruptive pass rush. They are legit reasons to explain that but time is running out to fix it before it starts costing us games. The pass rush has to show up soon, as in......Sunday night.
     
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    We had 8 sacks after playing the Colts & Green Bay. We beat the Colts and then lost to Green Bay. We had plenty of sacks but lost the game. That's why I keep saying that sacks are not the end-all metric some fans want to make it.
     
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    That GB game was decide by 3 plays last year. IF we had won those 3 plays we would have won that game again such a fine line to winning in the NFL. Sorry, I agree with your point sacks are not the entire picture.
     
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    Those are all good points, in particular regarding the minimal player changes on the DL. I thought about that too. The change is mostly coaching & of course the LB's and DL work together so Urlacher's absence probably is being felt a bit at this early point in the season.
     
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    What I understand is that Tucker needs a few games to settle in. And that's fine. Other metrics like hurries, hits, pressures, and batted balls need to be improved upon. The D's 3rd down conversion rate is (in Charles Barkley voice) is turrible.

    This DL isn't replete with 1st round rooks that will take much of the season to develop, it needs to come around and soon. There will be some improvement but as far as I can see it certainly not by leaps and bounds compared to our OL.

    If by the mid-way point I wouldn't be shocked to see us going back to even more cover-2 until Tucker can get the personnel he needs next season.
     
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    Safford ???? Eli ?? LMFAO


    REALLY ???? ELI especially LMFnAOROFnFLR



    I don't see too many calling for that perfect 19-o season ,... IMO they'd be fools if they were


    I guess a loss here or there to say Brees or Rodgers isn't allowed .. YES ??



    2011 was the last time the Packers had better than a 10 point wins over Da Bears ,... Unlike what favrester used to do to the Bears

    Sine the '09 season The rest of those games with the PAck were VERY much winnable,.... AND NOW with an offense that seems to be functioning more so than it ever has ,.. you're going to to start listing who 's the better QB's to beat ...

    Stafford ??? Eli REALLY ?????? LMAO News for you win or lose ,.... Eli's always had issues when playing the Bears going back to '06 ....' cept for the one when Cutty got annihilated

    BUT doing carry on FF QB for you I presume ?
     

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