Why is it that the Bears defense doesn't blitz that much? Against the 49ers and Seahawks the quarterback had all day to sit in the pocket and pick the defense apart.
Union City, New Jersey
The Bears defense is predicated on the front four generating consistent pressure on the quarterback, which is why you generally don't see a lot of blitzes. That allows the other seven defenders to drop into coverage and keep their eyes on the ball, which plays a major role in all the takeaways the defense has created. The system has worked; the Bears have generated 300 takeaways since Lovie Smith became coach in 2004, the most in the NFL. The problems start when the line is unable to get much of a pass rush, which was certainly the case against the 49ers and Seahawks. To me, though, the biggest problem versus Seattle was allowing rookie quarterback Russell Wilson out of the pocket. That's where he did most of his damage both running and throwing the ball on the move. The defense has to do a better job of keeping an athletic quarterback like that off the edges.
Did the Bears go into a "run out the clock" offense too early? It seemed to me that on the possession just before the Seahawks took the ball 97 yards for a touchdown, the Bears were looking for time management with all run plays rather than a score with only a four-point lead.
I don't think the Bears were too conservative in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. The offense is supposed to take some time off the clock by keeping the ball on the ground and picking up some first downs. It's not like the Bears weren't trying to extend their lead. Taking over at their own 23 with 8:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, they called five straight running plays and picked up two first downs, advancing to the Seattle 43. But then left tackle
I'm a little confused about the way Sunday's game ended. Remember a few years ago when a Calvin Johnson touchdown was ruled incomplete after the officials ruled that he didn't maintain control of the ball to the end of the play. How was Sidney Rice's touchdown any different?
Marquette Heights, Illinois
The difference between the two is that Sidney Rice caught Russell Wilson's pass at about the two-yard line and took a couple steps with the ball in his possession before
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