There’s a lot of vitriol aimed at the Bears offense after
Heck, the offense ranks worse than almost every team the Bears have beaten this season.
Remember when the Bears used to beat teams this season?
The best thing about the Bears' offense in Minnesota was
But the Bears defense has failed in so many ways in so many games of late.
The defense might not have looked like it failed so badly against Minnesota when it gave up one long TD drive and a five-yarder after a Cutler interception return, but using Smith's definition of what his defense is demanded-slash-expected to accomplish, it has failed.
Seeing as how this is Smith's defense, then he has failed. This might not be news, but I'll continue repeating it until someone at Halas Hall learns to read.
Smith declared that his defense must record three takeaways a game because that's the way Smith's defense is built. Scoop-and-score, or at least change the game. That's what happened earlier this season.
And all of it came from an actual pass rush led by
But since the opportunistic defense propelled the Bears to that 7-1 start, Smith's defense has met that goal once.
Once, count 'em, once.
Once since Nov. 4 has Smith’s defense managed to play the way it must. That game, the Bears beat Minnesota in
The others? Loss, loss, loss, loss. Old, injured, slow and badly coached.
Think about this: The Bears failed to get three takeaways from sophomore quarterback
Those four losses in the last five games have come since Smith refused to apologize for being 7-1. How about now?