Originally Posted by InmanRoshi
We would have needed safeties regardless of what system we used. If we're going up and down the defense evaluating the personnel under the 3-4, Lacewell would have said "We need safeties". There is absolutely nothing unique about this defense when it comes to safeties. Any defense wants good safeties. Chicago's safeties are garbage, and they finished 3rd in the NFL in scoring defense. No NFL GM is saying that Chris Conte is more important to the Bears defense than Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher. That's utterly laughable.
I really think you don't know the Cover-2. You've been trying to bust my balls on this all day but Lovie and everyone running this has stressed safety play and how important it is....even compared to other defense. You are leavin 2 guys on an island covering halves. Every Bears fan complained after Brown's time ended and they used 2 picks to get others in here. You are not paying attention if you think their safeties are garbage. Every person up here knows their importance. If you don't think Brown was one of their most important players you have no clue. They are more playmakers in this defense.
During a rare interview Monday with two of his ex-teammates, former Bears star Mike Brown discussed his successors at the safety position,
's future and more.
Speaking to Nate Vasher and Jason McKie on ChicagolandSportsRadio.com, Brown said that he was impressed with how Bears safeties Major Wright
and Chris Conte
performed this season.
"I like both of them," said Brown, who played nine seasons with the Bears from 2000-08.
[View Full Quote]"Major Wright took a lot of steps improving his game and I really do like Conte. Major's more of a punisher. He's out there dealing some major blows to receivers and Conte's a real heady safety and sure tackler who's always in the right spot. That's a great combination to have for safeties."
A hard-hitting team leader, Brown remains one of the most popular players in recent Bears history. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and probably deserved to go in 2001 when he became the first NFL player to return interceptions for touchdowns in overtime in back-to-back games.
If you don't know the team, don't talk about it. Everyone who talks Cover-2 and Tampa-2 knows how important the safeties are. You can cover for them in other defenses....which we have tried to do for years.
Dungy was quoted as saying a safety is one of the top 3 guys in the D