Last line of defense failing

Whatever else went awry, the Bears used to be able to rely on their stout defense

Updated: October 14, 2011, 2:10 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

There is no denying the Chicago Bears are a rattled team.

Their right-handed quarterback resorted to throwing lefty last game. Their offensive linemen are lucky if they recognize who's lined up next to them from week to week.

But the most resounding evidence that they have been shaken to their very foundation is that their very foundation is shaken. The same defense that has kept the team afloat in recent years, a defense that could always stop the run and prided itself on largely ...

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