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Defense getting taste of humble pie

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 8, 2012 – 1:05 pm

The Bears have become the first team in NFL history to return seven interceptions for touchdowns in the first eight games of a season. They also lead the league with 28 takeaways thanks to a defense that ranks No. 1 in the Aikman Ratings, which combines seven statistical categories.

With all that success, you might think it’d be tough to keep players from becoming too full of themselves. But that’s actually not the case, according to one Bears star.

“It’s not hard,” said middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. “If you were in our meetings and heard our coaches, you wouldn’t think it was hard at all because we’re not that good. We do a lot of good things, but we do a lot of things wrong as well.

“We always try to correct our mistakes, but I really don’t see us getting too big-headed and getting ahead of ourselves because we have eight more games left in the regular season. We don’t want to fall off at the end of the season. We’d like to go on a high note if we do go to the playoffs.”

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli plays a key role in ensuring the defense stays hungry.

“It can get a little old doing the same thing every day, but he challenges us every single day,” Urlacher said. “He doesn’t let us relax. He tells us what we need to do, what we need to get better at and just doesn’t let us relax.

“He’ll make you run through that wall right there if you talk to him. He makes you think you can do stuff you can’t do. It’s fun playing for him. Every day he elevates us and challenges us to make more plays.”

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