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The defense has always been the staple for the Chicago Bears, the rock of which the team was built upon. From the Dan Hampton days in the 80s to the Urlacher and Briggs days of today, the team has always prided itself on how well the defense plays and how other teams just can't seem to score on them.
Last season, the defense looked exhausted to say the least, being on the field almost all game with Hanie turning the ball over on offense. This season, however, look for the defense to be back and better than ever.
The Bears mare several moves this offseason to improve the defense and made opportunity for more games like the Lions game last season in which they intercepted Matthew Stafford four times.
Starting with the defensive line, adding McClellin will help Peppers get more sacks. The 11 that he got last season doesn't even begin to describe how many times he was in the backfield helping to break up plays.
At linebacker, the addition of Geno Hayes to go along with Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher makes the linebacker core seem like they don't have a weak link, which will make running any sort of play on the Bears tough.
In the secondary, the Bears still have Charles Tillman, but also added Kelvin Hayden, Jonathon Wilhite and Brandon Hardin to make sure that they are protected from the pass. All over this defense, the team looks better and stronger than last season. Look for the defense to return to its shining form, and look for other teams to take notice and be forced to change up their game plan.