Bears' defense a shell of its former self-- Fri Aug 14 4:00 pm --
Chicago humbled by Dolphins in first preseason game
Despite the 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, the first look at a Chicago Bears defense moving to a 3-4 defense with a bevy of 4-3 players was about what you'd expect: uninspiring. Most of the first-team defensive unit played only the first series or two and were gouged by Ryan Tannehill (6-of-7 passing) and the rest of the Dolphins offense on an opening 14-play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The lack of speed on defense - especially the front seven - was evident. Veteran Jared Allen moved from defensive end to outside linebacker and looked wonky in his first game at the position. The normally determined pass rusher seemed like a player thinking his way through each snap. "It's a good little slice of humility and it lets you know where you are at and things you can work on," Allen said of the opening series, via ESPN. The Bears are trying to fit a round pegs into square holes. If Allen,Lamarr Houston and Willie Young can't make the conversion, it's going to be a long, long year for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.(NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:Oh how the mighty have fallen. Once a perennially top-ranked fantasy defense, the Bears’ defense is now mediocre at best. They fell to 24th in the fantasy rankings last season, and this year could be more of the same. Tread carefully.