Urlacher-Led Bears Defense Has Lost Killer Instinct

Ricky ButtsCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2008

You can have the look.  You can talk the talk.  For 40 minutes you can walk the walk. 

As the Chicago Bears' defense has shown two weeks in a row, if you can't play the last 20 minutes of the game, you can't win.

Today was the first game of the 2008 season in which the Bears gave up a touchdown in the first half.  A lot of people will look at their two losses and blame Kyle Orton and the Bears' offense.  Even though I have always been critical of the Bears' offense, I can't be right now.

Their stats aren't fantastic by any means, but they are getting the job done.  They are getting the job done in the sense that before the season started, the Bears' defense was telling everyone that they would be as good or better than they were two years ago; two years ago when they went to the Super Bowl because of defense—not offense.

I think it is safe to say that with their team from two years ago the Bears would have been 3-0 right now.  The defense would never have blown a 14-point lead one week and then a 10-point lead the next.  They look flat in the fourth quarter and that is when most Bear defenses pounce and create turnovers.

Everyone and their unborn child knows that the Bears are a defense-first team.  Right now they need to gather up the killer instinct they used to use to decimate offenses late in games.  If they cannot do this, they might as well plan on cuddling with the Lions at the bottom of the division.