Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/10/14
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The Chicago Bears have always been built around defense. The key to a successful defense is up front with the pass rush. The Bears have a lot of players who can rush the passer. In the last few years though, they have been inconsistent at getting to the quarterback. They go through stretches where they seem to get pressure on the opposition rather easily. Other games the pass rush disappears completely. With aging players on defense and a secondary that cannot seem to find the right combination of safeties, it is imperative that in 2012 the pass rush steps up. The defensive line is led by Julius Peppers. He is entering his third season with the Bears and has been very good since joining the team as a free agent in 2010. Peppers’ impact cannot be measured solely based on numbers, although he did have 11 sacks in 2011. He draws so much attention from opposing offenses that it allows for other members of the defensive line to face one-on-one blocking. Israel Idonije has been the primar...
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