Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden famously said “never mistake activity for achievement.”
The Chicago Bears have certainly been active in free agency in trying to upgrade a defense that ranked last against the rush by a wide margin; ranked 25th of 32 teams in allowing 7.7 yards per pass attempt; and tied for last with just 31 sacks. The question is have they achieved their goals of upgrading the run defense and pass rush with the moves they made to their defensive line?
We believe they have.
The Bears parted ways with defensive ends Julius Peppers and Corey Wootton and tackles Henry Melton and Landon Cohen. They retained tackles Jeremiah Ratliff and Nate Collins. They added defensive ends Lamarr Houston, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, and Willie Young, formerly of the Detroit Lions. They also brought back defensive end/tackle Israel Idonije, who played last year with the Lions after spending the previous nine seasons with the Bears.
In our evaluation, we chose to ...