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Berrian: Bears defense no longer intimidating

Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian was in Chicago during the glory days of Lovie Smith’s defense, so he’s well suited to comment about the declining reputation of the Bears.

“I think it is gone. People being
intimidated about who they got around there, that isn’t working for
them anymore
,” Berrian said Wednesday. 
“But, they still got some exceptional players over there.”


Berrian was on the Bears when their defense was last above average in 2006.  And he’s not impressed with the group now, as mentioned in Josh Alper’s always excellent one liners.

So while Jay Cutler gets a fair share of blame for this season’s collapse, Berrian’s comments are a good reminder that Chicago’s defense is suffering through a third straight season of mediocrity.  They have poured a lot of resources into the defense, and don’t have a lot to show for it.

Smith has spoken this week about the goal of finishing 10-6 this season.  Just getting to 5-6 will require the Bears defense proving Berrian wrong in Minnesota this Sunday.

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32 Responses to “Berrian: Bears defense no longer intimidating”
  1. bearsrule says: Nov 26, 2009 10:45 AM

    The Bears defense is just plain terrible. If not for Briggs, it would be a disgrace. Berrian tells the truth.

  2. Stoogie says: Nov 26, 2009 10:56 AM

    How many of the opening day starters for the Bears defense are now injured and not playing?
    I know Urlacher, but I thought that Tommie Harris was fighting through some injuries. Didn’t they have another injury in the secondary who was an opening day starter? When any team has significant injuries on every level of their defense – DL, LB and secondary, they simply are not going to be as good.

  3. bumkz says: Nov 26, 2009 11:04 AM

    Too bad Berrian can’t catch.

  4. Hype says: Nov 26, 2009 11:11 AM

    So the Bears Defense is bad because Berrian can’t catch? You had me..then you lost me.

  5. ninjapleazee says: Nov 26, 2009 11:13 AM

    Bobby Wade Junior will be looking for a new job next year just like Bobby Wade.

  6. DailyNorseman says: Nov 26, 2009 11:21 AM

    # bumkz says:
    November 26, 2009 11:04 AM
    Too bad Berrian can’t catch.
    ————
    What’s funny is that Berrian would easily be Chicago’s #1 wide receiver right now if he was still a Bear.
    Conversely, Chicago’s #1 receiver would be no better than #4 on Minnesota’s depth chart.
    Thank goodness Lovie Smith had the amazing revelation to take the greatest special teams weapon in the history of the NFL and turn him into a significantly below average wide receiver. Thanks, Lovie!

  7. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 26, 2009 11:22 AM

    Dumb thing to say even if it’s true, why the hell would you give them more of a reason to play hard ?

  8. leatherneck says: Nov 26, 2009 11:23 AM

    @Stoogie
    Pisa Tinaisamoa and Nathan Vasher are not playing for the Bears today. I think they’ve lost some other guys to injuries this year, too.

  9. bustabloodvessel says: Nov 26, 2009 11:27 AM

    Way to go Berrian, give them some billboard material to feed off. Division games are tough enough without giving them ammo. Nerd.

  10. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 26, 2009 11:29 AM

    Berrian: Bears defense no longer intimidating
    ————————–
    Headline should read – Berrian realizes something everyone else knew since week 2.
    Thank you for stating the obvious idiot.
    Might carry some merit if it came from Lord Favre or Adrian P, but of course they are smart enough to not say stupid things.

  11. 34_Fan_4_Life says: Nov 26, 2009 11:35 AM

    Brett Favre(pronounced FAVOR) smart enough to not say something stupid ???
    What freaking planet are you from ??
    BTW, If Brian Urlacher isn’t named an MVP at some point in his career, it will be a travesty. His team misses him more than any team misses any other injured player in the league.

  12. CYGNUS X-1 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:37 AM

    just because the vikings overpaid you does not make you a great reciever.in fact let bears fans know the next time you catch a ball when you are not wide open since you could never do that while you were with them.

  13. GoBears84 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:50 AM

    oh well maybe vikings do have better recievers, point of the matter is, when lord favre does retire, vikings will go back to sucking every year, every year people will say tavaris jacking or SAGE rosenfels is gonna take em to the super bowl, and every year they’d dissapoint, vikings fans can suck it, you guys are good this one year, really?

  14. PolegoJim says: Nov 26, 2009 11:57 AM

    Favre will Fold during the final weeks.
    His physical and mental endurance will give out.
    You’ll see it starting this week with INT’s.

  15. PervyHarvin says: Nov 26, 2009 12:02 PM

    34_Fan_4_Life says:
    November 26, 2009 11:35 AM BTW, If Brian Urlacher isn’t named an MVP at some point in his career, it will be a travesty. His team misses him more than any team misses any other injured player in the league.
    ===================================
    LMAO Like he is the missing piece to a great Bears D? MVP of what?Not shedding blocks?You are delusional.

  16. CutlerISaPussy says: Nov 26, 2009 12:04 PM

    Go back to sucking like last year by winning the division with out Favre and making the playoffs over the loser bears?
    And he was asked the question. What was he suppose to do, lie? Yeah, this crappy bears defense is still really intimidating. If he did say he was still intimidated by it, it would come off as mocking b/c nobody would believe it. Face the facts, the bears defense and entire team does suck!

  17. aznjay7 says: Nov 26, 2009 12:05 PM

    bernard berrian should worry about his own career…he’s an overpaid WR that only runs vertical and he’s favre’s 4th option…bum

  18. slipkid says: Nov 26, 2009 12:14 PM

    well he has a point. this was a bad time to make it. fire up the opponent, always werks…

  19. PervyHarvin says: Nov 26, 2009 12:22 PM

    GoBears84 says:
    November 26, 2009 11:50 AM
    oh well maybe vikings do have better recievers, point of the matter is, when lord favre does retire, vikings will go back to sucking every year, every year people will say tavaris jacking or SAGE rosenfels is gonna take em to the super bowl, and every year they’d dissapoint, vikings fans can suck it, you guys are good this one year, really?
    =-==================================
    Dream on douche. T Jack is better than Cuntler.Check it.

  20. Vikes#28Owns says: Nov 26, 2009 12:28 PM

    Actually we won the NFC North last year as well with Gus Frerotte. So yeah Jackson or Rosenfels will at least take us to the top of the NFC North. Although I still think our starting QB for next year is currently not on our roster.
    Oh and side note: Berrian has more TD receptions than any of your WRs even though he has been playing with a bad hamstring injury.

  21. Notoroius B.U.G. says: Nov 26, 2009 12:41 PM

    @GoBears84 – vikings will go back to sucking every year
    Vikings made the playoffs last year with T-Jack…I didn’t see the Bears in the playoffs last year…

  22. shabadoooo says: Nov 26, 2009 5:53 PM

    Berrian: shut up. But I’ll let this one slide since you did the 99 yard TD last year. that was spectacular.

  23. PurpleRaid12 says: Nov 26, 2009 10:55 PM

    Pervy,
    agree with you there, I’d take Jackson and our receivers over Cuntler and Matt Forte (isn’t he the leading receiver) anyday! People can just bash all they want, hoping the Vikings will fail, that’s all they have left to do, their season is that far in the hole that they have to resort to hoping and praying the Vikes fail. We will be dominate in the NFC for years to come….. quote it.

  24. PervyHarvin says: Nov 26, 2009 11:50 PM

    @ PurpleRaid12 -You bet Viking brother. We have a young team that will be the cream for some time. They can hate us and quite frankly,kiss our asses! It is OUR time!

  25. brian218 says: Nov 27, 2009 12:12 AM

    Dream on douche. T Jack is better than Cuntler.Check it.
    David Haugh In the Wake of the News
    November 26, 2009
    Dumb ass pervyHarvin
    We interrupt this Bears rumorfest to introduce an actual fact overlooked this week amid all the hidden agendas and civic angst.
    The No. 1 reason Bill Cowher or Mike Martz or the next rumored coach would want to work at Halas Hall? No. 6.
    His name is Jay Cutler, the mercurial quarterback who is to the Bears in 2009 what Brett Favre was to the Packers in early ’90s. Yes, Cutler, the NFL’s leader in interceptions and the only guy who has been worse in prime time this fall than Jay Leno.
    If the Bears quarterback were Kyle Orton or Rex Grossman, the line of possible replacements for Ron Turner or Lovie Smith wouldn’t be forming. There’s little doubt the Cowhers and Martzes around the NFL still would trade three draft picks and Kyle Orton for Cutler all over again, as I would.
    Flip back the calendar to April and, even knowing then what we all know now, the deal is still a no-brainer. Moving beyond the mess of this season, Cutler still gives the Bears and knowledgeable football people around the league reason to think they are capable of a one-year turnaround.
    Teams without a talented quarterback can’t say that. Once you strip emotion from the disappointment of 2009, Cutler’s talent level remains among the top 10 in the NFL if properly honed.
    Be careful concluding Cutler still cannot develop into the quarterback everyone thought he could be. Looking across the field Sunday at the Metrodome and seeing No. 4 in purple should offer enough proof that erratic quarterbacks with decision-making issues indeed can grow out of it.
    “I still have a long way to go to even been in the same league as him,” Cutler said of Favre on Wednesday.
    True, but the careers of Favre and Cutler might have more in common than just agent Bus Cook.
    Don’t misunderstand. There is only one Favre. He has been the league’s most valuable player this year whereas Cutler has been among the most volatile and disappointing. But Favre has been there, done that. The Packers once doubted Favre during a bad spell, for example, and then-coach Mike Holmgren had to be talked out of benching him after a bad performance in 1994 — midway through his third year as a starter.
    Through Favre’s first 47 career starts, he threw 54 interceptions compared to 73 TDs. Through Cutler’s 47 starts, he has thrown one more interception (55) and four fewer touchdowns (69).
    “I obviously have been in that situation at different times of my career,” Favre said Wednesday. “For Jay, I know the expectations level obviously was high. It comes with a lot of extra baggage, being the star quarterback. … You try to do too much.”
    Eventually, Favre installed a filter between his head and right arm to let intelligence trump instinct. Better judgment complemented rare skill and savvy that always was there. The gunslinger didn’t become gun-shy but simply improved his knowledge of when to pull the trigger.
    The turnover machine Favre used to be currently has thrown fewer interceptions — three — than any starting quarterback. It’s called growth, an element critics who believe Cutler cannot recover from this spate of errors have ignored.
    The point is not to compare the relative strengths of the Packers in the mid-1990s and the Bears post-2009. Favre had quarterback gurus Mike Holmgren and Steve Mariucci to mentor him and Sterling Sharpe to throw to, and the Bears have yet to surround Cutler adequately with the right mix.
    The point is to assert Cutler has every reason to stay confident, accept coaching and watch his career flourish as Favre’s did after an up-and-down start. Once Cutler’s mental game catches up with his physical gifts the way Favre’s did, the interceptions will be incompletions or sacks.
    Asked if Cutler reminded him of himself, Favre said, “I think he’s better.”
    To reach that potential, Cutler needs to change his approach, and so do the Bears if they want to rejoin the playoff hunt next year. This is the NFL, where franchises are never more than one season away from prosperity. Look at the 2008 Cardinals or the 2009 Bengals.
    The 2010 Bears can buy the veteran offensive linemen in free agency — the right ones this time — who will help protect Cutler and move the line of scrimmage for the running game. Another threat at wide receiver should be a priority and maybe even a running back. The defense, good enough to win at least seven of 10 games this season, can be tweaked.
    But the offseason emphasis must be about improving Cutler. Everything about the Bears is about improving Cutler.
    Those improvements may require a new offensive coordinator. The Martz rumor won’t go away despite his denials. Bears fans have begun Googling USC offensive coordinator and former Cutler confidant in Denver, Jeremy Bates.
    But no matter who calls the plays or fixes his mechanics, the rest is up to Cutler to put his career back on the path to greatness. The way his famous counterpart once did.

  26. brian218 says: Nov 27, 2009 12:21 AM

    Vikings fans talk real shit when and if u ever get a superbowl 0-4 in superbowls and favre hasn’t beat the bears since the last game 2006 season when the bears already clinched home field in playoffs so i can’t wait to hear the excuseswhen the bears win on sunday

  27. PervyHarvin says: Nov 27, 2009 10:17 AM

    @brian218n- Wow douche,what a novel you wrote.Too bad it would be thrown in the garbage after reading 2 paragraphs!
    To even mention Cuntler in the same sentence with Favre is insane.I know a couple of desperate loser writers have,but they are widely regarded as hacks.

  28. Chickenfoot says: Nov 27, 2009 10:41 AM

    I can’t wait for you to STFU when the Bears lose.
    How ignorant of you to loo to the past to predict the future.
    You are going to see a heavy dose of ALL DAY sunday. You haven’r stopped him once yet.
    I can’t stand homer fans like you. You freaking asshat!
    Good god, what a moron

  29. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Nov 27, 2009 12:38 PM

    GoBears84 says:
    November 26, 2009 11:50 AM
    oh well maybe vikings do have better recievers, point of the matter is, when lord favre does retire, vikings will go back to sucking every year, every year people will say tavaris jacking or SAGE rosenfels is gonna take em to the super bowl, and every year they’d dissapoint, vikings fans can suck it, you guys are good this one year, really?
    ******************************************
    Run-on sentence of the year!

  30. DocBG says: Nov 27, 2009 6:06 PM

    # 34_Fan_4_Life says: November 26, 2009 11:35 AM
    BTW, If Brian Urlacher isn’t named an MVP at some point in his career, it will be a travesty. His team misses him more than any team misses any other injured player in the league.
    ——————————————————
    Using your logic shouldn’t Favre be named MVP because the packers miss him more than the bears miss Urlacher (pronounced is-a-bigger-pussy-than-cuntler)

  31. brian218 says: Nov 28, 2009 6:27 PM

    Viking fans need 2 no when 2 shut up 1 good season now the think there great minnesota is just a guest in our divison the are an expansion team when number 4 is gone what u going 2 do the talk about cutler because they know how good he is and will have 2 play 4 next 10yrs so enjoy this yr while u can

  32. brian218 says: Nov 28, 2009 6:28 PM

    favre said himself cutler is a better qb then me espn.com

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