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How are the Chicago Bears defense and special teams shaping up for the second half?

In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation, he discusses the current state of the Chicago Bears defense and special teams with a look towards the second half and beyond.

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Even though the Chicago Bears are bringing up the rear in the NFC North, most of us Bears’ fans are happy with what’s taking place on the defensive side of things. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has his players playing an aggressive and physical brand of football.

The young talent on that side of the ball are starting to come into their own, led by defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. But these Bears have playmakers at every defensive position group.

When’s the last time we could say that?

If head coach John Fox truly wants to try and win football games with a conservative offense, he needs his defense playing lights out. There’s one other equation to that winning formula, and the special teams aren’t pulling their weight.

In my latest T Formation Conversation (Subscribe now on iTunes!), I take a bye week assessment of the Bears defense and special teams through eight games, and look forward to the second half of the season.

Earlier this week I took at look at the offensive side of the ball for the Bears and broke down the remaining eight games on the 2017 schedule. You can give that podcast a listen right here.

I was also a recent guest on Da Bears Brothers podcast, and just in case you missed that one, here ya go!