Bears cornerback Tracy Porter‘s veteran leadership is an immeasurable valuable commodity for the defense this season.
Safety Antrel Rolle was the default leader of the secondary going in to this season, but he has only played in seven of the team’s 11 games this year as he has missed time with injuries. In his absence, Porter has led by example, helping fuel the Bears’ pass defense.
The eighth-year veteran, on his fifth team in five seasons and who has battled injuries of his own in recent years, has 10 pass defenses this season, tied for 15th in the NFL. And not only has he been stout in pass coverage, but he comes up with plays at timely moments, such as the interception of Aaron Rodgers in Thursday night’s 17-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
In order to be a successful playoff team — which the Bears are pursuing, but still have a little ways to go — you have to have a secondary that defends the pass well, because the best quarterbacks in the league will make plays in the postseason.
The young defensive backs surrounding Porter can learn a thing or two about the way he’s been defending the pass.