Dick Butkus: Bears defense is 'reparable'

Dick Butkus: Bears defense is 'reparable'
March 12, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Someone who knows a thing or two about playing dominant defense believes the Bears can turn things around on that side of the ball.

Bears legend and Hall of Famer Dick Butkus told "Kap & Haugh" on 87 7 The Game on Wednesday that the Bears defense is "reparable."

The Bears had an abysmal defensive season in 2013, something shocking to fans who have watched strong defense be a hallmark of the franchise for decades, ever since Butkus played.

Butkus said it was a variety of things that contributed to the team's struggles, but he specifically mentioned the high-profile attempt at turning around the team's offense that took some attention away from the other side of the ball.

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"They definitely have to get some more people. Sometimes that happens," Butkus said. "There was so much emphasis on the offense with coach Trestman, and they did a great job with the offense. But somewhere along the line, I guess with injuries and what have you, the defense started to sink. That's the key, if you can both your offense and defense to have their best years, then you're going to be very successful. It threw up a flag, and I know they're probably embarrassed about it because defense was their calling card. And so they're probably going to do something with this free agency and the draft, and I think it's reparable. And with the offense constantly improving, it's going to help the defense. All hope is not lost. We'll get it back."

General manager Phil Emery and the Bears front office did "get some more people" since the beginning of NFL free agency on Tuesday afternoon, signing defensive end Lamarr Houston and safeties Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings and re-singing linebacker D.J. Williams.