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Bears coach Lovie Smith believes defense can keep getting better

Despite the Bears defense's hot start to the season, Lovie Smith thinks the unit can keep improving.

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The Chicago Bears lead the NFL with 17 takeaways, are tied for the lead with 18 sacks, are allowing just over 14 points per game, and have five defensive touchdowns in five games. Despite that impressive resume, head coach Lovie Smith thinks they can keep improving.

"You look at our game [Sunday']" said Smith, whose team was tied 3-3 with the Jaguars at halftime. "There was a half of football we weren't satisfied with it. But it's about how you finish. We've gotten off to a good start defensively, no more than that. We're acknowledging the start that we have."

In particular, Smith wants the Bears to force more fumbles. The Bears have forced five fumbles, recovering four of them, which is good for eighth in the league. Despite wanting the defense to perform better, he acknowledged that they've been very good so far.

"I just know we got to keep them going," Smith said. "Guys realize for us to play good defense taking the ball away is part of a good defensive game for us. You can't wait for them to turn the ball over. You have to go and get it."