Defense vows to play betterAugust 25th, 2008 - 1:42 pm
The Bears defense is ranked 31st in the NFL through three preseason games, giving up 397.7 yards per game, but Lovie Smith and the defense promise that things will change.
â€śWhen you talk about our defense, we would like for you to talk about how hard we play, how physical we are,â€ť Smith said. â€śThat wasnâ€™t the case the last game we played. But we are that. We just didnâ€™t do that that game. Weâ€™ll get it back and we wonâ€™t be in that situation again.â€ť
Defensive end Alex Brown sees improvement on the horizon.
“We know what we need to correct, and weâ€™ll do it,” Brown said. “Come the Indy game, you wonâ€™t see that defense, Iâ€™ll tell you.â€ť
We can’t expect to see that change in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Browns.Â Even though the defense could use a “tuneup” before its regular season opener against the Colts, the Bears just can’t risk losing a key member of its defense before the real campaign begins.Â The team is well aware of injuries to veterans Osi Umenyiora of the Giants — who is out for the season — and the Redskinsâ€™ Jason Taylor.
â€śLetâ€™s get to Indy, thatâ€™s the goal,â€ť Brown said. â€śYou donâ€™t want any players to get hurt, especially not your big-time players. You donâ€™t want it to happen.â€ť
In last year’s preseason finale — also against the Browns — the Bears’ starters played for one series.Â You can expect the same to happen this go-around, leaving Bears fans in suspense about whether or not the defense can play up to its own expectations.
â€śWe know weâ€™ll be fine,â€ť Brown said. â€śWe havenâ€™t played like that in a long time. When the season comes, I believe weâ€™ll play better. Iâ€™m not worried about it.â€ť
Added Lance Briggs: â€śIâ€™m always concerned if weâ€™re not performing the way weâ€™re supposed to be.Â But Iâ€™m confident that weâ€™re capable of doing it, of being a dominant defense, and we will be.â€ť