The Chicago Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday represented a microcosm of their season. Ranked second in scoring and yards per offensive play in 2013, the Bears were again betrayed by a defense that yielded the most yards per play in the league and the second most points. The players had not even exited Soldier Filed before attention turned to how the Bears could resurrect a woeful defense in one offseason with the same efficiency with which they overhauled an offense ranked 28th in yards per play in 2012.
The Bears have seven selections in the 2014 draft that should largely be devoted to adding talent on defense. We are not huge proponents of using free agency to build the core of a team. We applaud Bears’ General Manager Phil Emery’s judicious use of multi-year free agency last season to fill two gaping holes on the squad when he signed left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. Otherwise, he limited free agent acquisitions to one-year deals or in