Chicago Bears: 3 Defensive Keys to Making the Playoffs

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July 24, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have a lot of work to do on defense in 2015. The team looks to rebound from two consecutive seasons of bottom-three finishes in total defense under former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

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The addition of two defensive players in the 2015 NFL Draft, numerous defensive free agents and a new DC in Vic Fangio brings hope to a unit that has been historically bad in recent years (which is very ironic, considering Chicago’s history as a great defense).

Again, this unit has a lot of work to do. Fangio has a hefty task ahead of him in fixing the defense. However, there are three things that the D can do to put themselves in position to become a unit that teams do not look forward to facing.

(Disclaimer: By no means do I think that this defense can be the key to a playoff run, but it has to finish near the middle of the league, complemented by a powerful offense, to consider the playoffs a real possibilty.)

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