Curb Your Enthusiasm: Three Questions for the Chicago Bears to Answer


Published: April 15, 2009


... the Chicago Bears' 2009 campaign, the Bears suffered from many breakdowns that prevented them from being a play-off caliber team in '08—and guess what? Bad QB play wasn't even in the top three.

Although a major upgrade on paper, the Cutler trade will only translate into increased success on the field if the Bears can manage to improve in these three areas first.

1) Pressure, pressure, pressure.

Watching the Bears 2008 defensive line play was like watching a dog team finish last in the Iditarod—long, dangerous slogs through increasingly treacherous terrain with short periods of rest in the freezing night—all the while, you just kept asking yourself, "God, are they gonna make it all the way through this?"

The Bears need to rekindle the fire that allowed this defensive line to be absolutely dominant in 2005 and 2006.  Much to most NFL pundits dismay, this isn't exactly an old defensive line, or defense, for that matter&m...

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