The Bears defense took the ball away from the Bengals three times last Sunday. A good days’ work for most defenses. But the Bears didn’t feel good about the other aspects of their game.
"I think Sunday we gave up way too many big plays, and we missed a lot of tackles. Myself included," says defensive back Charles Tillman. "That’s definitely something we need to work on. You know, we need to see some improvement."
The poor tackling could be blamed partly on the lack of contact the guys had in the preseason.
"So we know there’s a cost benefit to not doing more of it. Thankfully we were able to get through the first game, and we’ll be better this week," says head coach Marc Trestman.
The pass rush was also weak Sunday. The Bears had one sack.
"I just didn’t think we played well as a whole. Like I said before. We just need to come out and start fast and just get off the ball," says defensive end Corey Wootton.
Julius Peppers didn’t talk to the media Wednesday. He’s been one of the most heavily criticized Bears this week, because he was almost invisible against the Bengals. But the coaches aren’t concerned about Peppers.
"He’s going to play better as we move forward," says Trestman. "I know that Julius didn’t play as well as he would want to play, but I think he still impacted the game."
"We want to play better. We want to play better. There’s no 'ifs' 'ands' or 'buts' about it," says defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
The Bears’ mindset is to dominate on defense. When they don’t they’re not happy.
"I think that’s what’s made our defense succeed for so long is our standard," says Tillman. "We set the bar pretty high for ourselves."
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