Harris Still Key to Defense

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune writes today that after three down seasons, defensive tackle Tommie Harris is returning to form.

I sure hope so.  In my opinion, we can trace Harris’ ascension and descent and draw and exact parallel with the rest of the defense.  When Harris played at a high level-up to the point of his horrific hamstring injury against Minnesota in 2006-the Bear defense was ferocious.  Since then, exposed.

The pressure Harris used to generate was key to Lovie Smith’s system.  And it hasn’t been there since December 2006.  Let’s hope it’s finally back.

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