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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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

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TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

Former Bears first-round pick TE Greg Olsen officially signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen previously played with the Bears and Panthers over a 13-year NFL career.

After mutually parting ways with the Panthers, the 34-year-old hoped the Bears, the team that drafted him in 2007, would reach out about signing him once he hit free agency. He told ESPN’s Waddle and Silvy that he wanted to come home to Chicago but wasn't contacated by Bears' management.

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One of the Bears biggest needs this offseason is an upgrade at TE and Olsen’s pass-catching experience along with his working knowledge of the Bears' organization makes him a seemingly ideal fit for the team. Ryan Pace disagreed and the chance for a reunion is gone for good. While his age is showing (he appeared in only 16 games in 2017 and 2018 combined), Olsen is still a stronger receiver than anyone currently on the Bears depth chart.

Interestingly enough, one of Olsen's best moments as a Bear came during Chicago's playoff win against the Seahawks in January 2011 when he scored a touchdown after catching a 58-yard pass from Jay Cutler in the first quarter.  

We will see if Pace regrets not giving Olsen a call. It would be the breakup movie of the season. Too bad the Bears would be playing the part of the groveling ex-boyfriend. Until then, Bears’ fans can imagine a scenario where Pace or head coach Matt Nagy chases after Olsen in the rain (which makes perfect sense, seeing as he’ll be in Seattle), holding a boom box over his head, begging him to return to Soldier Field. That’s the sports rom-com we all deserve in 2020. 

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