Can the Chicago Bears Finally Rediscover a Pass Rush?

October 19, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For years, the Lovie Smith-led Chicago Bears used a relentless pass rush from the defensive line, athletic, sideline-to-sideline linebackers and an opportunistic secondary to continually rank among the NFL's best defenses. 
That formula has hit a serious snag in 2013, the first without Smith at the helm. 
While the secondary under Marc Trestman is still turning over offenses at a league-best rate, the Bears have seen their once-dominant pass rush wither into a shell of its former self. And unfortunately for Chicago, the issues in pressuring opposing quarterbacks are deep and without a clear-cut answer. 
"We're trying to find ways to improve our techniques and fundamentals and coordinate different ways of getting to the quarterback," Trestman said this week, via Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site. 
Chicago's pass-rushing numbers this season are strikingly poor, but they're also indicative of how badly this defense has struggled. 

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