Pass rushing by individuals was effective in spots, although multiple sacks came from linebackers (Lamarr Houston, Pernell McPhee, Willie Young) in de facto roles as ends as the Bears were schemed
Evaluating the Bears’ receiver group becomes nearly impossible – hence the “incomplete” – with the constant stream of injuries, beginning with Kevin White’s stress fracture in the offseason and co
What the Bears have and exactly what they need, other than at nose tackle, is fluid. The line overall was respectable but did not play at the level needed for a top defense.
The performance by the secondary was summed up best by what didn’t happen. Bears defensive backs combined for just four total interceptions and were too infrequently involved in impact plays.
Matt Forte finished the season – perhaps his last in Chicago – with 974 rushing yards with an average of 4.1 yards per carry.