Bears defense like a blast from the past
Do you see something familiar when you watch the 2018 Chicago Bears?
The familiarity might not be of the recent variety as the Bears struggled mightily over the previous four seasons. What we speak of has more to do with overall Bears’ tradition, namely the reputation of being a hard-hitting, stellar defensive team.
While Chicago has yet to put together a complete game on the defensive side of the ball, it has shown flashes of brilliance in each of the first three contests, the last two of which resulted in victories that lifted the Bears into first place in their division.
Most notably, the Bears take the ball away from foes in a manner reminiscent of 1985 and 2006, when the club made its only Super Bowl appearances. That style strikes fear into the hearts of opponents, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers certainly are aware of it as they prepare to visit Soldier Field Sunday.
Defense was considered the strength of the team even as it gathered at Olivet Nazarene University for training camp last July, but noticeable improvement has been made since the Bears broke camp. It comes in the form of Khalil Mack, the defensive dynamo who has developed into the undisputed leader of the unit since coming aboard.
Can the Bears return to the Super Bowl with such a quality defense on its side? That remains to be seen, and is somewhat doubtful since a young offense led by quarterback Mitch Trubisky still is developing.
But a playoff bid? That certainly seems to be within grasp, and based on recent past performance, would be welcome by the legion of loyal Bears’ fans. Don’t doubt the defense.