Our Scout.com experts, John Crist of Bear Report and Brian McIntyre of Falcon Insider, head Behind…
Behind Enemy Lines: Part I
Brian McIntyre: In previous seasons, an injury to a player like Brian Urlacher would cause many to write off the Chicago Bears' postseason chances. Has the addition of Jay Cutler changed that, and if so, how? John Crist: When Urlacher was shelved with a bum hamstring for half of 2004, which was coach Lovie Smith's first season in Chicago, the defense totally fell apart on the way to 5-11. I've been on record for quite some time that Lance Briggs is the best linebacker on this team and has been for a few years now, but Urlacher is much more difficult to replace because of all the things the Bears ask their middle linebacker to do – from a mental perspective as well as physically. Both Hunter Hillenmeyer and Nick Roach have started games in the middle during the Pro Bowler's absence, and the coaching staff has been smart enough not to ask either to be a pure Urlacher replacement because that would be unfair. Smith deserves a lot of credit for calling a more creative scheme and...
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