Coach Marc Trestman doubts the problem is as severe as numbers indicate, and believes it can be solved by taking care of details more than being physical.
“This happens week to week in the National Football League,” he said. “When you lose a game, it’s just a little bit more magnified that there’s a lot of ifs involved, if we would have run inside instead of outside, if we would have been a little bit tighter — the little details that go with any aspect of the game, and the running game is inclusive of that. If you’re not detailed and one guy is doing it just a little bit differently and we’re not in coordination with the other guys, that’s what happens. I really can’t be any more specific than that.”
Trestman gave Tucker a vote of confidence Wednesday.
“As I talked to the team on Monday, I thought our defense played well enough for us to win under unusual circumstances because of the situation of having so many players out that gave our team a chance to win,” Tucker said. “I think that starts with Mel, and our staff getting the guys ready, continuing to work with them to try and improve.
“Are we where we want to be? No. We’re always trying to get better. But I think he’s done an outstanding job in the classroom. On the field he’s excellent, and I think he’s done a great job of being on the field and managing the team for the last couple of games on the field. It’s very impressive to watch.”
It’s possible the Bears could get some relief this week against the run when they face the Baltimore Ravens. Even with Ray Rice in the backfield the Ravens rank 30th running the ball at 73.1 yards a game.