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    I can't argue with that. Urlacher did not play DL. What he did do -- brilliantly-- for many years is get inside the head of the opponents and call the defensive signals to stop them. The DL and everybody else on the defense is more effective when you have the other 7 guys best positioned to counter the play calls of the opposing QB. Briggs is very good LB as is Williams, but Briggs and Tucker are not operating Cover 2 the way Urlacher and Lovie did. Add Urlacher's playing ability, also. That's the #1 reason our pass defense is terrible. IMHO
     
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    I blame Jerry Angelo
     
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    I think youre giving Urlacher TOO much credit, our Pass D was great because we reliably got pressure from just our front 4, allowing our LBs to remain in coverage, so even if the QB got a pass off in time before getting sacked, he had no one to throw it to, leading to plenty of 3 and outs.

    Now, however, our front 4 is not getting the pressure, and QBs are making our D look like a joke in the Passing game. When we DO get pressure, i've noticed that it typically comes when we blitz the LBs, something Lovie rarely did, because he didnt have to.
     
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    Our pass rush has never been that strong that's why Lovie had to get Peppers. Once he came he made big impact and in the last couple years we have seen the line once again struggle. Pep may be getting old along with Shea and Wootton not being what we had hope really affects this rush. Melton when he was drafted was more of a hope and project. Emery has another project again next year hopeful he does as good with the Dline as he did with the Oline.
     
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    I can't see why the DL can't be easily resurrected compared to the O line next season. The bad part is that the draft will be mostly on D. Can't see us re-signing Melton and I have no idea if Tucker can currently use McC to make an impact. If the Bears were to stop blitzing I fear we would be lit up even though it would behoove us to play more cover-2. Ironic that I thought LB was the weak area and DL was solid.
     
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    Our DL has been strong, but inconsistent. Mark Anderson had a phenomenal season, but faded right after. Tommie Harris started out strong, but he too faded.

    Our sack rankings: rank (sacks)
    2012: 8 (41)
    2011: 19 (33)
    2010: 17 (34)
    2009: 13 (35)
    2008: 22 (28)
    2007: 6 (41)
    2006: 8 (40)
    2005: 9 (41)

    So yeah...we did well to start under Lovie, getting about 40 a year, now we get around 34. Its not the sacks that mattered, it was the QB Pressure, we always managed to get decent pressure with just the front 4, allowing the LBs to remain in coverage to defend passes.
     
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    Well, it is certainly easier to get to the QB with the front-4 when the other 7 guys have the receivers covered like a blanket. This year we don't have that working, and I attribute a lot of that to not having Urlacher to call the signals and patrol the middle of the field. But. that aside, I agree that these guys -- especially Peppers -- are not performing. With each game, I get more frustrated that they won't give CornWash a try at LDE. I mean, it's not as if McClellin and Wootton are doing such a great job so far.
     
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    Wootton has played good enough. Sure, he's not getting sacks, but i've seen him get to the QB and make solid tackles on RBs many times this year. Shea is a damned ghost.
     
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    I didn't realize we had that many last year. They all must have been in 1st 8 games. So was it Izzy having that kind of impact? Maybe we are missing him more than they realized even over Urlacher.
     
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    Urlacher is missed. Retired or not!
     
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