Chicago Bears Football Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

After historically low turnover total in 2016, what can Bears do to get more takeaways?

After historically low turnover total in 2016, what can Bears do to get more takeaways?
Published On: Thu, Jun 22
Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears Defensive back Deiondre' Hall (32) enters the field with teammates prior to a game against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field. Redskins won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Quintin Demps set a career high in interceptions last year by not doing anything different. And thats the message hes sending a defense that generated only 11 takeaways in 2016, tied for the lowest single-season total in NFL history.

Demps went from picking off four passes in both 2013 with the Kansas City Chiefs and 2014 with the New York Giants to notching just one interception with the Houston Texans in 2015. In 2016, though, Demps intercepted six passes, broke up nine more and totaled 38 tackles.

Turnovers are like, its not something that you go get, its something you let come to you by doing your job first and then helping out, Demps said. And then youd be surprised how they come to you by doing your job and being aware of when you can help somebody out. A lot of times when you get help is when you get picks and turnovers.

The danger for a defense coming off a historically bad takeaway is sort of a whiplash effect, where theres an over-emphasis on creating turnovers and not enough attention paid to, as Demps said, doing your job. Theres a fine line between being opportunistic and undisciplined.

I tell my safeties all the time, we gotta tackle first, Demps said. Tackle first, dont miss any tackles and then the picks are going to come. I promise you that.

The Bears felt positively after signs of being more opportunistic as a defense during shorts-and-helmets practices in May and June, though if that was because of any real improvements or because the defense is usually ahead of the offense is hard to tell at this stage of the year.

The offseason program was valuable for the Bears secondary in growing trust within a group that had " no pun intended " plenty of turnover after the 2016 season. The hope is that the offseason additions of Demps, Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper and Eddie Jackson will solidify the secondary and lead to something better than last years historically-low turnover total.

Read the complete news article here...


More Featured News

Roger Goodell's NFL extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now'
Published On: Thu, Sep 21
After a bit of turmoil, Roger Goodell's extension finally seems to be on the way. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' accordin...
Kyle Long eager to overcome recovery setbacks, get back on field for Bears
Published On: Thu, Sep 21
The Bears are deep into their preparations for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Here's what else we learned Wednesday in Lake Forest.Long wasn't making any guarantees Wednesday. But he did reite...
Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show
Published On: Wed, Sep 20
Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen.A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no...
NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge
Published On: Tue, Sep 19
The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating."The matter is under review under of the league'...
Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone
Published On: Tue, Sep 19
NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related.Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just havent been enough of them so far this seas...
Jordan Howard off to a quiet start after superb rookie season
Published On: Tue, Sep 19
There will be no quarterback change for the Bears. Coach John Fox made that clear Monday, declaring Mike Glennon the starter for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Glennon had three of the Bears' ...
Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last
Published On: Mon, Sep 18
If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the C...
Bears believe Nick Kwiatkoski is out for season
Published On: Mon, Sep 18
The Bears placed linebacker Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve last week after he suffered a pectoral injury in the teams opening game of the season and moved Nick Kwiatkoski into the starting line...
Jordan Howard expected to be in Bears lineup
Published On: Sun, Sep 17
The Bears got a strong debut performance from rookie running back Tarik Cohen last Sunday and it looked like they might be relying on Cohen more heavily this week when they listed Jordan Howard as ...
Bears rule out Kyle Long
Published On: Sat, Sep 16
Chicago wont have offensive lineman Kyle Long tomorrow in Tampa.The Bears announced today that Long wasnt on the team flight and has been ruled out for Sundays game at the Buccaneers. Long had been...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts

Name Pos
John Jenkins DT
Josh Sitton G
Tom Compton OT
Kyle Long G
Mitch Unrein DE
Danny Trevathan LB
Sherrick McManis CB
Dion Sims TE
Kyle Fuller CB
Akiem Hicks DE
See All Players