The last time the Bears saw the San Francisco 49ers, back in November 2012, they were effectively the Washington Generals to the 49ers Harlem Globetrotters.
In the aftermath of the Bears’ 23-20 to the Buffalo Bills, Willie Young suddenly had had enough nitpicking problems: “Maybe one guy was out of his gap,” the defensive end said.
The clear mission statement for the 2014 offseason was to rebuild the Chicago defensive line after an epically bad season of failing in virtually every crucial area.
Colleague Kip Lewis and I were chatting Bears-Bills on Monday when Kip raised the question of whether there was any one thing I saw as a concern going into this first game of 2014.
The run of injuries early in 2013 were the undoing of the defense and GM Phil Emery made a fortifying that position group a mission statement of its own.