I've been watching a lot of preseason football (not just Bears but the other teams in the NFL). It seems to give me a better feel for where our team is at right now on D. It gives perspective. I'm beginning to wonder what happened with our Chicago Bears defense. I turned the TV off last night after watching the Seattle game and was walking back to go to bed when it hit me as to what's happened to the Bears. When I watch the other NFL teams this preseason - the ones with the better defenses - there is a night and day difference between THOSE teams D and what Tucker has out there now. Those better D's are alpha dog mentality teams that attack the offenses and impose their will on them. They are aggressive and just maul offenses. They look like they have a "sense of purpose" out there, rather than playing on their heels. Soul has described in several posts here in recent weeks about how the Bears D players look tentative (sometimes clueless). The solid NFL defenses this preseason - they are "downhill" teams that put the wood to offenses mano a mano stuff. They clearly KNOW where they are to be and THEY MAKE PLAYS on a consistent basis. Us? We are looking lost out there. On our heals "reacting" rather than aggressively making plays. I guess THAT is what the Bears D is missing. Where are the playmakers? Sure, you see a couple of isolated "good plays" in these games. But watch the better D's perform this preseason and there are aggressive playmakers flying EVERYWHERE. The kind of thing you used to see the Bears do in past seasons when we had a good defense. Now? You just see players out of position. On their heals. Shea gives that "deer in the headlights" look and wanders back for the next play - looking defeated. Others aren't looking any better to me. I think we're a screwed goose this season if Tucker can't get a better performance from these guys. I'm thinking 8-8 season again and no playoffs. I think that's the ceiling with this bunch on D. Rodgers, and even Detroit will rip us good with this D. Same with any of the other good teams that can gut a defense. Now, please feel free to cue up the "overreacting" comments and the "this is just preseason, and the sky is not falling" comments. But I tell 'ya in advance, WATCH the better D's this preseason and tell my why they are not playing so tentative, lost, reactive & with an "on their heels" mentality? Why are THEIR players flying around aggressively making plays - while we're not?