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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.

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