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CHICAGO -- We had what I thought was a constructive discussion earlier this week about the Bears' defense and its new commitment to the blitz. Some fans and other observers blamed those blitzes for consecutive second-half collapses.
Nothing seems to have changed in the first quarter Sunday night. The Eagles have converted only one of four third-down opportunities. Unless I miscounted, the Bears blitzed on all three of those failures. The only third-down play the Bears didn't blitz in the first quarter ended with DeSean Jackson's 23-yard touchdown reception.
On that play, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher covered the deep middle of the field instead of blitzing. He was a half-step away from intercepting the pass before it settled into Jackson's hands.