There were many people that felt the Bears defense would be in trouble this season even though they acquired superstar defensive end Julius Peppers in free agency during the offseason. There was a lot of discussion surrounding the secondary and how well it would perform.
There were many who felt that the defensive line (aside from Peppers) wouldn’t be that good this season. Most of that centered on the interior defensive line, despite the fact they had Tommie Harris.
And then there were those who felt that even though middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was back and healthy, he was clearly on the decline and wouldn’t factor well this season.
Let’s take a look at those players on defense and how they’ve performed throughout the first seven games of the season. They have also been given a grade based on a grading scale devised by this writer. The grading scale is as follows:
A: Excellent, no flaws, very valuable player
B: Solid, some flaws, valuable player
C: Fair, as many flaws as there is upside, marginal player
D: Poor, many more flaws than upside, not a quality performer
F: Very poor, completely flawed, shouldn’t be in the lineup at all
I-Incomplete, we haven’t seen enough of the player to give them a grade so far this season