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The Bears have always been known for their defense.
At least historically speaking.
Even though they ranked fourth in rush defense and second in takeaways, a good share of losses can be blamed on the defense.
Many are quick to point to demoted coordinator Bob Babich and his 12-man box. Regardless of opinion, the fact is it helped the Bears shut down running games.
The downfall, however, was a horrid exploitation of a depleted secondary through the air.
Enter Marcus Harrison.
While spelling the interior of the line last year, Harrison emerged as a surprisingly explosive player who lived up to the billing as a first-round caliber talent despite a third rounder.
This year, the Bears are putting him in the middle of a battle at Nose Tackle which features incumbent starters in Dusty Dvoracek and Anthony Adams, who is believed to be the favorite.
Recent whispers, however, point to Marcus Harrison as a real contender. Word is, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli is in love with Harrison's potential and has readying the former Razorback to become the Bears new Nose Tackle.
Many inside the organization feel Harrison has the ability to become the force the Bears have been missing at NT since Ted Washington. Harrison, however, profiles as a player who can beat you both with a bull rush and an unexpected first step.
That, in turn, should free up the NFL's statistically most profilic LB corps to make plays away from the line of scrimmage.