It was tough to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars carve up the defense in the first half of the second preseason game. Flashbacks to last year had to run through Bears fans' minds, but don't panic yet.
This defense has had very little time to play and jell together. Jared Allen saw his first action in that game against Jacksonville, and the safeties have been rotated more than an old Chevy's tires.
It would be wise for defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to figure out as soon as possible who his 11 starters are. They need time to learn each other and start working as a cohesive unit.
Shea McClellin needs more time on the field, as he's still learning the position, and Jon Bostic might be in the running to overtake veteran D.J. Williams. The sooner these areas are settled on, the better. It will allow everybody to settle in and work on cleaning up the subtle mistakes.
Remember the offensive line last year? Roberto Garza was the only returning starter, and it showed the first few weeks into the season. In the second half of the year, the line was firing on all cylinders and playing good football.
Safety Chris Conte might have a one-game audition to prove he can still be the starter. This starting defense needs to be figured out by the end of the next game against Seattle because Week 1 against Buffalo is quickly approaching.