Last week against the Arizona Cardinals, the story of the day on defense was the apparent benching of second-year pro Kyle Fuller. But head coach John Fox made sure the public knew that Alan Ball also was taken out of the lineup at times with the insertion of backup cornerback Terrance Mitchell.
Against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Ball apparently answered the bell.
The Bears secondary — and Ball in particular — showed some signs of life, if only for the first half. The Seahawks got down to the red zone at the end of the first half and tried to exploit Ball on two consecutive plays. First, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tried to throw a lob to 6-foot-7 tight end Jimmy Graham, but Ball got excellent position and knocked the ball away at the right time. Then, the Seahawks tried to go to 6-foot-5 wide receiver Chris Matthews, but again Ball was in great position to make the play.
The Bears need continued improvement from both Ball and Fuller, something I think will be easier to do as the Bears face some teams with quarterbacks not at the same caliber as Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, and Russell Wilson.