"All I can tell you is that, obviously, our defense isn't what it used to be. Everyone wants it to be what it used to be, and it's not that. It's all about performance, and we haven't been performing well. Wherever we're ranked, that's where we deserve to be ranked, know what I'm saying?"
Yes, Mike, we do.
"It is what it is," Brown continued. "Once we come to grips that our defense isn't what it's supposed to be, we'll all be better off. Our perception is that we have a good defense. The reality is we don't."
Ain't that the truth. The Bears got gouged for 427 yards against Green Bay. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had this to say, "I didn't hit the ground once. I barely got touched. No sacks, no quarterback hits, only a couple of hurries."
So, in 30 pass attempts, Rodgers never got hit. It's a familiar theme. Tampa Bay's Brian Griese never got sacked in 67 pass attempts against the Bears. Atlanta's Matt Ryan also attempted 30 passes and barely got touched. Tennessee's Kerry Collins was sacked once in 41 attempts. For the season, the Bears have just 17 sacks in 10 games.
The Bears have given up more than 400 yards on three occasions. In their last four games, they've been torched for 122 points (30.4 ppg).
That's terrible. Aside from Brown, everyone seems to be in denial about what's going on.
"I don't care what people think, to tell you the truth," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We know what we are."
We know who you are, too, Brian. You're a 5-5 team with a bad defense. You're 12-15 in your last 27 games, dating back to the Super Bowl loss to Indianapolis. That's terrible.
Lovie Smith? "We have veterans in the locker room," he said. "We'll step it up, get things corrected."
How many times have we heard that the last two years? Sure you will, Lovie. Sure you will.