Defensive Coordinator: Mel Tucker
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Fantasy Football Outlook: The Bears are an interesting defense coming into the 2013 defense as they will be without coach Lovie Smith and star linebacker Brian Urlacher for the first time in many years. I still believe this is a top ten fantasy defense that can get to the quarterback and force turnovers.
However I’m not sure they will finish close to being the third lowest scored upon squad as they were a season ago. In a division with quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford you know both corners Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman will be tested.
It’s a case of good and bad when that happens because both are Pro Bowl caliber players as Jennings led the league in interceptions last year and Tillman had a ridiculous 10 forced fumbles. Still, we should be concerned about this group mostly up the middle as the safety population continues to leave me impressed.
In all this will be a good group to start most weeks, but just understand they may have some rough areas to work through early on with Smith and Urlacher gone.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
Count on another productive season from the Bears defense. Maybe Chicago isn’t a blitz heavy team, but they have a good front line that can put pressure on the quarterback, which has been a staple of the Cover-2 defense, since Bud Carson’s Steel Curtain.
The addition of first-round pick Shea McClellin will only help them, as he will serve as a rotational end with Israel Idonije.
Both Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher are getting up in age, but they know this scheme like the back of their hands and will continue to thrive within it.
Sure, you will want to avoid using them if you can against the Packers and Lions, but they will be a solid first defense to add on your team.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
The Bears are deserving of a top ten defense to draft for fantasy football but this team tends to have a problem putting two strong years together in a row. Brian Urlacher enjoyed a great season coming back from a wrist injury that cost him the season before, and I wonder if that extra rest played a part into his success last year.
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The Bears have a rich history for great defensive players and this offseason they added another potential great in defensive end Julius Peppers. If Peppers is up to the challenge of playing great football in Chicago, it should rejuvenate this one time productive unit. Another key will be getting Brian Urlacher back and healthy. Put it all together and this is a defense you might want to select at your fantasy draft this coming season.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Things started out bad for the Bears’ defense as star linebacker Brian Urlacher broke his wrist and was done for the year after the teams first game. Defensive tackle Tommy Harris seemed more concerned with squabbling than getting down to business, and it looked like this group was headed for a possible rebuilding phase.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: This offseason the Bears’ defense got some new energy as top free agent defensive end Julius Peppers signed with the team in March. Bringing in a player like Peppers is the kind of spark this group needed as they have another playmaking star on the team.
All of a sudden, it is possible to believe that the Bears may not just be better in 2010, but they should probably be a fantasy worthy squad. With Peppers and the return of Urlacher, this group should be ready to handle its business and get to the quarterback.
Now, we need to see Jay Cutler and the offense not fall into the big slumps from last year that hurt this defense and put them in bad field position. Look for the Bears’ defense as a sleeper to be had at the end of your draft.
– Should Make Plays
– Addition Of Peppers Is Big
– Secondary Is Still Shaky
– Potential Injury Problems