They are starting to blitz Urlacher, who is also arugably having one of his best season for a while.
With Tinoisamoa back from injury, I now see why the Bears got him. He is a great asset to the time at the strong side. Briggs has been hurt for maybe two or three games, but you can tell how much the Bears miss him when he’s gone.
Hunter Hillanmeyer, who was pretty much a back-up for all these years got a season ending injury to introduce Brandon Iwuh. He is another solid attribute.
Peanut Tillman (who I think is my favorite player) was demoted to number two corner for Zachary Bowman, but that didn’t last long. Tillman leads secondary in tackles (second in the team with 41 behind Urlacher’s 48) with three forced fumbles.
Then enter nickelback D.J. Moore who has been in the right place at the right time. Moore and Tillman both have two interceptions on the season. Tim Jennings also has played great defense as well as the two safeties (Chris Harris and Danieal Manning).
Finally Manning has a home at free safety (which he should have been playing initially when Mike Brown left).
However, the Bears still let up a lot of long plays which proposes trouble. But they do force many fumbles.
Special teams have impoved even from last season, after seeing two Deon Sanders ‘Prime Time’ dances into the endzone off a punt return. We all thought Devin Hester had lost it, but he’s back this year tying the all-time record for most punt return TDs.
DB Corey Graham seems to always have a big hit on someone off punts, kicks or anything else (as he leads the special teams taking over Adrian Peterson’s role).
Robbie Gould is almost automatic, only missing one kick this year, while Brad Maynard struggles getting punts inside the 20-yard line, he still is one of the best punters in the league.
Danieal Manning also gets significant yardage off of kickoff returns for a depleted offense to start in good field position.
All I have to say is Lovie, you need to tell Martz to remember who is boss.
I don’t know about you, I’m worried about the eight remaining games, but it will surely be enough to talk about.
Bear Down Chicago!