Originally written on Bears Brain Trust  |  Last updated 8/2/10
Nfc_championship_new_0bd9
Bears Brain Trust will go over each position and see how the Bears did. We’ll look at how the Bears finished in 2009, what they tried to do during the offseason, and how well they executed -- and if they should have done anything differently.

__________

Still here:


Hunter Hillenmeyer: Played in 14 games (started in 13) at both strongside linebacker and middle linebacker; made 65 tackles; had 2.5 sacks and one interception.

Nick Roach: Played in 16 games (started in 15) at both strongside linebacker and middle linebacker; made 50 tackles; had two sacks.

Out:

Jamar Williams: Played in 16 games (started in three); was the primary back-up at both outside linebacker positions.

2009 review: Eh, but it wasn’t entirely their fault.

The Bears' linebacker depth is on the outside -- entirely on the outside.

So when Brian Urlacher went down, the Bears robbed from the strongside to fill the hole. Neither Roach or Hillenmeyer are great Cover-2 middle linebackers. Hillenmeyer struggled with the covering of the deep middle; Roach struggled with setting up the defense.

Both went in and out of the middle, and whoever was left on the strongside struggled at times, as well. Neither is a particularly great starter, and the rest of the defense didn't put them in a particularly great situation.

The Bears blitzed 6+ guys more than all but two teams in the league; they were tenth in the league in the number of zone blitz. It's fair to say the Bears’ linebackers blitzed a fair number of times. The problem is neither of them are particularly good at it.

Of the three starting backers, the Bears would have liked to spend time hiding Roach and/or Hillenmeyer, letting the others make a majority of the plays. Last season, the situation didn’t lend itself to that.

2010 offseason plan: Do less than nothing.

I was ahead of myself when I said the Bears did nothing at defensive tackle and middle linebacker. At those positions, the Bears are at least hoping the Tommie Harris and Urlacher are healthy and good this season. Here the Bears don’t even have aren't even hoping for anything.

The traded Jamar Williams to the Panthers. It cut some of their depth at outside linebacker, but they got help at safety.

At strongside linebacker, the Bears are just hoping Urlacher doesn’t get hurt, forcing one of these two to move to middle linebacker. We all saw how that turned out last season. On the strongside, both are serviceable if nothing else.

Execution: Urlacher is still healthy, right?

They're going to re-try the 2009 plan: hide these two serviceable players at position with Urlacher and Lance Briggs.

If this season blows up, strongside linebacker isn’t going to be the reason. This is far from the Bears’ biggest problem.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

Las Vegas Mob Museum to open FIFA corruption exhibit

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

Report: 7-foot Aussie center to join Kentucky's 2015 class

Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers

Jack Del Rio: Crabtree ‘stood out’ at first Raiders camp practice

Browns owner: ‘We haven’t given up on Johnny Manziel’

Junior Seau’s daughter will speak at Hall of Fame induction

Golden State Warriors: the rich get richer

NFL, Brady could settle to avoid appeal documents going public

Miguel Herrera apologizes for costly Philly airport fight

Russell Wilson contract $60 million guaranteed? Not so fast

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker