The 1985 Chicago Bears have been called the best defense ever in the NFL. The 2013 Chicago Bears weren’t called much of anything except bums. That’s why this offseason has been spent rebuilding the unit. It’s an attempt to pair a good offense with a good defense and create the kind of balance NFL coaches love to see.
Chicago made some moves that could make that happen if everything pans out. So far, anyone looking at the additions to the unit would have to like what they see. Chicago has jettisoned some big names and added others. A lot of that addition and subtraction has occured along the defensive line, the foundation of any defense. Jared Allen came over from the Vikings, Willi Young from Detroit, and Lamarr Houston from Oakland. Adding this trio of proven assets to the talent already there gives Chicago depth and some explosiveness, meaning they may be able to rush Aaron Rodgers effectively within their own division. Overall, good moves that could solve the big play problems that haunted the Chicago Bears all of 2013.
What all this does is give the Bears some flexibility when the NFL draft comes around in a few weeks. Being set at one position, and an important one, means Chicago could opt for secondary help, or even go offense with a high pick before looking for quality depth and future potential in later rounds. Suddenly, the Chicago Bears have options and that’s bad news for the rest of the NFC North.