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Bears aren't only team with defensive issues

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The Green Bay Packers' defense that has had difficulty stopping the run all season just took a significant hit with news linebacker Nick Barnett will miss the remainder of the season with a torn knee ligament.

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson rolled for 192 yards in the Vikings' 28-27 victory over the Packers Sunday at the Metrodome.


Barnett, who leads Green Bay in tackles, is one of the best defensive players in the division. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he does not have a clear replacement in mind.

The Bears rushed for 136 yards in their victory over Green Bay at Soldier Field last season.

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This will go a long way in helping a slowed-down Orton ease his way back into the lineup against what used to be a formidable defense. They can stop the pass, but struggle against the run. Living in the land of cheese, the Pack are on every Sunday here (thank god for Sunday Ticket) and watching them play the run, Barnett is the catalyst for their run defense. When he reads correctly at the snap, he is moving downhill, and engages the play in the backfield. With him out of the equation, we have a much better chance of one of our OL getting downfield to get a hat on the MLB. Hawk is seeming like he has regressed slightly in his recognition vs. last year, and Poppinga is very "block-able". This looks like a good matchup for the running game in Forte and Jones. Orton should be clean for most of the game on play action.

We do have to watch out for Bigby and Collins, who seem to be getting very good at finding the ball the last several weeks, but Orton seems to be reducing his mistakes every week, so that should bode well.

I am not wishing injury on anyone, but Barnett going out is a lucky break for us. Not only do they lose their best linebacker, but also the QB of the defense. That kind of continuity is hard to maintain (as it was when Urlacher went out with the hammy/quad a few years back for several games). The defense just isn't the same without their leader in there.

BOB BABICH AND LOVIE SMITH NEED TO BE FIRED!I CANT BELIVE THEY MADE NO AJUSTMENT IS THE 2ND HALF.CORNERS PLAYING SOFT ,NO PASS RUSH,NO CHANGING UP ANY DEF SCHEMES?WHAT IS THIER PROBLEM?A MONTH AGO AND ALL LAST YEAR I WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT RON TURNR.HE LOOKS GREAT COACHING COMPARED TO SMITH AND BABICH!FIRE THEM NOW!BAD MOVE GETTING RID OF RON RIVERA ANGELO!EVEN IF I THOUGHT THEY WOULD HAVE WON IF KYLE WAS PLAYING THE EFFORT AND CO-ORDINATION STINKS!!ANGELO PLZ CONSIDER FIREING LOVIE AND BABICH.I COULD DO A BETTER JOB WITH THE DEFENSE!!!THIS EFFORT BY THE COACHING STAFF IS COMPLETELY UN-ACCEPTABLE!

Mike I understand your frustration, but firing one of the most successful coaches in the league over the past three years does not add up. I agree that Babich is not a good coordinator, and I believe Lovie is beginning to accept that. But the truth is they changed schemes a lot in the second half, rushed a lot, played a mix of coverages comparable to any NFL team. I think one of the benefits of Ron Rivera's friction with Lovie was the unpredictability of the bears defense. It is not what is called but when it is called, and I do not believe Babich can see how an offense is shifting against his defense during a game. There is a thin line between arrogance and belief in yourself, and if the bears and Lovie have an achilles heel it is pride. A team like New England has zero pride, they always shift to what works, not what they "believe" in. I do not think you would do a better job with the D tho. You use all caps, which in text speak means you are constantly shouting. Briggs or Urlacher would tape you inside a locker and stuff old jocks in your mouth.

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