The "Engine" Of The Bears.

ChicagoSportsfan thatsrightCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 28:  Tommie Harris #91 and Adewale Ogunleye #93 of the Chicago Bears watch play from the bench in the final minutes of a 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans at the Reliant Stadium December 28, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  The Bears failed to make the playoffs.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

         I am just as excited as the next Bears fan about the acquisition of Jay Cutler. Bear's general manager Jerry Angelo said he was fixated on the QB position, and followed through. Now, I see post after post about how the Bears need a wide receiver. It would help, but is it pertinent? Jerry Angelo doesn't seem to think so saying "The Quarterback makes the receivers, not the other way around." I however feel the Bears need to be fixated on the Defensive Line. If the Bears defense had played a little bit better last year, they would have been in the playoffs instead of watching them.The major inconsistency was the Pass rush. The cover-2 defense (Lovie's pride and joy), relies on the Defensive Tackle forcing double teams. The Bears are in desperate need of Tommie Harris to play as his dominant self. When Tommie was putting heavy pressure on the offensive line in years past, it opened up the ability for the Defensive Ends to penetrate and caused quarterbacks to throw under pressure, or get sacked.The last two years, it has seemed like quarterbacks playing the bears have ALL day to throw. Last year, the Bears got scorched by Gus Frerotte, Kerry Collins, and Dan Orlovsky(who you ask? Exactly my point). So, if the Bears can improve their pass rush, with or without Tommie Harris stepping it up, they would be playoff contenders with or without Cutler. I hope Tommie reverts to form and draft pick Jarron Gilbert steps up, but we will see. If the Bears defense can get it together this year, they are in the prime position to go all the way with a very bright looking offense.Like I said, a receiver would be nice, but a stout defense and a Super Bowl would be nicer.