Bears’ ‘D’ blames itself for Lions’ offensive exploits
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 30, 2013 9:43PM
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:24AM
Lance Briggs described going over the film of the Bears’ 40-32 loss against the Lions — in which running back Reggie Bush ran wild in the first half — as “disappointing” and “disgusting.”
What was so disappointing?
“Probably the most disappointing part of watching the film was that a lot of their big runs came against eight-man fronts,” Briggs said Monday at Halas Hall. “We weren’t even in cover-2.”
“It’s kind of disgusting to see 40 points up on the scoreboard regardless of what went on and how it went up there,” Briggs said. “Defensively we haven’t prevented a team from scoring more than 20 points this year yet. And that’s not like us. It doesn’t matter what situation that happens [in].”
Briggs confirmed what he said postgame, blaming defensive lapses for allowing Bush to go off for 139 yards, including 112 and a 10.2 average in the first half.
“Missed tackles. Not being in our gaps,” Briggs said. “It’s that simple. When you talk about an eight-man front it means that somebody wasn’t in their gap or something happened for somebody to not be in their gap.”
The Bears now find themselves near the bottom of defensive rankings. As of Monday, the Bears were 21st in yards allowed per game (384) and 27th in points allowed (114).
Coach Marc Trestman said he’s been happy with their pass rush, crediting the Lions’ quick-passing game and screens for affecting the rush. He blamed the offense for putting the defense in tough positions but thought they still were able to limit receiver Calvin Johnson and hinder Matthew Stafford.
“Their longest throw was 24 yards, which came to the tight end down the middle,” Trestman said.
But Trestman also saw the same things Briggs saw on film. And those must be fixed.
“Defensively, we have to do a better job with our fits and our tackling,” Trestman said. “That was the least productive part of our football. They had over 100 yards rushing on missed tackles and missed fits.”