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Over the past three seasons, the defensive unit in the Windy City has simply been blown off the ball.
A year ago, under new head coach John Fox and new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Chicago Bears looked a little more fearsome when it came to stopping opponents.
Year one of the 3-4 resulted in the team improving to 14th in the NFL in yards allowed per game. This followed consecutive seasons when Chicago ranked 30th in the league in total defense.
Now, the Bears have added Danny Trevathan (Denver Broncos) and Jerrell Freeman (Indianapolis Colts), the second and sixth-best inside linebackers in 2015, respectively, according to Pro Football Focus.
Chicago also signed defensive lineman Akiem Hicks away from the New England Patriots. The one-time New Orleans Saints performer finished strong in Foxborough after being acquired in a trade, per PFF.
These three pickups bolster a group that a year ago added promising rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman and free-agent outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. Trevathan and Freeman immediately solve the Bears’ issues against the run (tied for 22nd in 2015), making this is a defense that bears watching.