161. 4 yards per game, 2,583 yards total. Eleven 100-yard individual performances allowed (six of 198 or more).
All franchise records. The bad kind.
Bears General Manager Phil Emery revamped the defensive line over the off-season, mixed up some of the linebacker ingredients, and turned things over at safety, all in an effort to fix the run defense. And coordinator Mel Tucker gets to institute his way of doing things after the 2013 gash-and-bash was 26 yards per game worse than the NFL’s second-worst run defense (Atlanta). And that was 60 yards per game more than the 2012 Bears defense allowed on the ground.
Adding to the urgency to turn that part of the ball around is simply a quick peek at the running backs the Bears will face the first five weeks of the regular season. While none of the below were in the league’s top seven (which included Matt Forte), they all ranked between eighth and 19th on last season’s individual rushing chart:
|1||Buffalo Bills||C.J Spiller & Fred Jackson||1,823 yards (combined)|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||Frank Gore||1,128 yards|
|3||New York Jets||Chris Johnson & Chris Ivory||1,910 yards (combined)|
|4||Green Bay Packers||Eddie Lacy||1,178 yards|
|5||Carolina Panthers||DeAngelo Williams||843 yards|