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Defense softening up?

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Defense softening up?

The Bears defense held quarterback Tim Tebow to 3-for-16 passing for 45 yards and a rating of 13.5 through three quarters. Then Tebow went 15 for 20 in the fourth quarter, and combined with his work in overtime, Tebow was 18 for his final 24 passes for 191 yards and a TD.

He turned into a different guy at the end of the game, said defensive tackle Henry Melton. We shouldve raised our game and matched him.

Exact reasons for collapses are never easy but defensive coaches will be questioned after softening up their approach late in the game when Tebow, inaccurate to that point, was obviously in a primary pass mode.

Players acknowledged backing off a little. The scheme that was devised and worked when the Broncos were in a standard run-or-pass situation appeared to change in order to avoid creating possible avenues for Tebow to break plays with his feet against blitzes.

The front four, the basic foundation of the Lovie SmithRod Marinelli scheme, had four sacks of Tebow until the final seven minutes of the game.

We got in our Cover-2 there at end, linebacker Brian Urlacher said. They kind of went down the field and scored on us.

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Tebows late-game rescue, his sixth in fourth quarters of his 11 NFL starts, left the Bears impressed. Sort of.

Hes a good running back, linebacker Urlacher said in what sounded like a snub of his quarterback performance.

Tebow didnt appreciate the disrespect.

Coming from a really good player, Tebow said with tongue firmly in cheek, that means a lot.

Duly noted
The Bears were 7-1 in overtimes games under Smith before Sunday.

Tebow was 13 for 17 for 130 yards and a touchdown over the Broncos final three possessions, all for points.

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

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NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will. 

The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season

Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say

Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.

Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!