Chicago Bears Football: The Bears Are Back
- Updated: April 11, 2014
The Chicago Bears have always been known as a gritty, defensive minded team that feasts on other opponents. The championship team from ’85 was one of the best defenses to ever play in the game and if the Bears want to get back on top of the NFL world they will need a good year from a defense that has been rebuilt in recent seasons.
The defense a year ago was lackluster at best and something needed to be done in the offseason. Headed into the offseason, the Bears needed to address a defensive line that played a major role in 2013 in the defense allowing 5.34 yards per rushing attempt (the league average was 4.10), and did so by signing Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and Israel Idonije, in addition to bringing back Jeremiah Ratliff and Nate Collins. The club also re-signed starting corners Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, while adding to the safety position by acquiring M.D. Jennings, Danny McCray and Ryan Mundy. This is just the start of things for this team as they still have a draft that they could use to bolster the defense.
The Bears are starting to make the right moves and other ones are sure to be on the horizon. Depending on the direction the Bears take in May in the draft, that task could become more difficult for Tucker. Despite the Bears adding Jennings, McCray and Mundy in free agency, the club could stand to acquire another safety in the draft capable of competing for a starting job; especially with the possibility Chris Conte might miss time at camp after undergoing shoulder surgery. But the club might see more value in using its first-round pick on one of the talented interior defensive line prospects such as Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald or Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan, as picking a safety at No. 14 might be a little too high for the team’s tastes. Surely, the Bears will address safety in the first three rounds, in addition to adding depth at some point at corner and at linebacker. It is this kind of power play move that could propel the Bears to the playoffs and give them a shot at a Super Bowl.
The Bears are currently (+3000) to win the Super Bowl at many of the top rated online sportsbooks. The Bears are making it clear that they want to improve and they want to do it now. In the process, they made the possibility of a defensive renaissance similar to what was experienced on the other side of the ball in 2013 a potentially easier undertaking. The Bears will once again be known as the Monsters of the Midway and they will be back on the list of favorites that can win the Super Bowl.