(CBS) There’s been a great deal of discussion regarding the rapidly-aging Bears defense.
Analysts have questioned the stamina of guys like Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers, as the trio appears to have lost a step this season.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo isn’t buying the idea that his defense is too old to play at an elite level, though.
“I’m not convinced that it’s a matter of age as much as it has to do with a lack of discipline,” Angelo told chicagobears.com. “We’re giving up way too many big plays, and those big plays are coming because of poor fundamental thinking and/or execution of basic techniques. That’s where the real frustration comes in. I don’t look at it as we’re too old. We’re too experienced to be making those mistakes.”
Angelo did say, however, that he expects to see a bit of a youth movement on the defensive side of the ball.
“I think you’re going to start seeing more of our younger players. I think you’re going to see Stephen Paea, Chris Conte and more of Major Wright. That would be my guess going into these next games. Some of it has to do with players who are injured who potentially won’t be playing, and some of it is because we need to continue developing some of our younger players.”