Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 10/3/13
You'll have to excuse the late review on the Bears Lions game, I've been on vacation in Orlando Florida.  I watched the Bears game after a full day at Disney World at around 12:30 in the morning rather than live.  I watched the condensed Gamerewind version of the game and obviously came away just as disgusted as any other Bears fan with the inability to stop Reggie Bush.  I did some reading on it and read about how Bush supposedly ran the football well against an eight-man defensive front from the Bears.  Nothing could be further from the truth however, Bush did his most of his damage against a 4-3 seven man front and Mel Tucker failed to adjust to an eight man front to slow Bush down. You can view all of the images here from the Bears defensive sets against the run game to see for yourself how the Bears sat back in a base defense and at times asked to stop the run with a six man front.  Mel Tucker absolutely refused to adjust his defense or try to disguise what he was doing pre-snap or post snap.  There was absolutely no rotation by the safeties into a Cover-2 from a Cover-2 or Cover-3 look or not Cover-1 or Cover-3 look with a rotation into a Cover-2 look.  Tucker essentially sat back in a Cover-2 alignment during the entire game and did nothing to stop the Lions from gashing the Bears' defense.  In comparison to Lovie Smith, Tucker is showing absolutely no creativity, choosing instead to sit in a base Cover-2 defense and let the offense dictate and control the game.  Teams are attacking the Bears accordingly, and Tucker is doing  nothing to adjust his scheme.  Here are some of the images from the tape included within the Photo Set, the red circle indicates nickel back Isiah Frey:   The lack of creativity on the defense is alarming and it shows exactly the problems we saw on tape from Tucker last year during his tenure with the Jaguars.  His game plans are extremely vanilla, one-dimensional and void of any adjustments to stop what good offensive football teams do to his defense.  To emphasize this point I logged all of Reggie Bush's successful carries from the game, carries in which he gained four or more yards and found that the Bears were in Cover-2 nickel or plain Cover-2 on each and everyone of the carries.  Tucker asked his safeties to play downhill and make tackles starting from 12 yards behind the line of scrimmage, playing down hill to stop the run.  Certainly there were missed tackles and assignment errors in this football game that allowed for some of these things to happen, but the fact that the Bears were seemingly afraid to leave Charles Tillman in man coverage against Calvin Johnson and allow Major Wright to come up and support the run in the box is mind boggling.  If Mel Tucker cannot conduct in game adjustments or does not do more to disguise what he is doing on defense before the snap of the football, the Bears will continue to give up a lot of yards and likely continue to lose games.
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