(CBS) A year after setting franchise records for futility, the Bears defense has been revamped.
But will it truly be different? Only time will tell, but for now one newcomer has given his stamp of approval in the season’s early going.
Safety Ryan Mundy feels confident in the defense’s progress after the starters picked off Eagles quarterback Nick Foles twice and pitched a shutout in the first quarter of the preseason-opening win Friday.
“The sky’s the limit for us,” Mundy said in an interview with Matt Spiegel and Matt Abbatacola on 670 The Score on Monday morning. “We’ve been working extremely hard … We got off to a great start last week against the Eagles. Now we got to keep the ball rolling. Our mantra this year is ‘toughness and takeaways.’ If we feel like we can do those two things throughout the course of 16 games, we’ll be all right.”
Mundy had a quality debut for the Bears on Friday, picking off a pass. No position has open competition quite like the safety spots for the Bears in training camp, and Mundy is in the mix for both the strong safety and free safety positions.
The constant shuffle of faces at safety — Brock Vereen, Chris Conte, Danny McCray and Adrian Wilson are also in the mix — hasn’t bothered Mundy, he said.
“You have to tune out all that other stuff and just focus on your job and your task at hand,” Mundy said. “There’s been quite a few questions about how do you feel about playing with this guy or how do you feel about playing with that guy. But we’re all in the same meeting room. We get all the same coaching points, and we know all the communication. It’s just a matter of going out there and executing. I’m comfortable playing with all of our safeties.”
Listen below to Mundy’s full interview. He also addressed past stops with the Giants and Steelers, Martellus Bennett and his impression of Marc Trestman and the Bears coaches.