clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2012 Bears Offseason: Lovie Smith Says Defensive Line Needs 'To Do Better'

John "Moon" Mullin of CSN Chicago broke down the Chicago Bears defensive line in his first installment of the Bears offseason series. In it, he suggests the defensive unit -- which had the fifth-lowest sack rate in the NFL -- needs to improve in the 2012 NFL season. And head coach Lovie Smith agrees:

"Do we need to do a better job with [the defensive line]?" coach Lovie Smith said. "Yes. And I think those guys would say that. We’re saying that because we’re capable of doing more."

The Bears sacked the opposing quarterback only 5 out of 100 passing attempts. The Philadelphia Eagles led the league with an 8.8 percent sack rate.


Related: Chicago's Offensive Line Ranks No. 29 Of 31

The team will give key jobs to the largely untested DT Stephen Paea and first round draft pick DE Shea McClellin in the 2012 season, adding a new and unknown element to the defensive line.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Bears, be sure to visit Windy City Gridiron. And drop by SB Nation NFL news hub for more updates and commentary from around the league.