Bears to Rely Less on Defensive Turnovers with Loss of Moore

D.J. Moore is a player for whom I have developed a lot of respect and admiration since the Bears made him their fourth round draft pick in ’09. But I’ll be admiring him from afar now that he’s signed a one-year deal with Carolina. Moore has had a damn good run with the Bears where he excelled in the slot as a nickel corner. During his career in Chicago he amassed 2 defensive touchdowns, 10 interceptions, a forced fumble and 118 total tackles. This kind of productivity is going to be tough to forget and replace.

The Bears probably won’t be able to go after a corner with their pick in the first round of the draft (20) because it’s unlikely that a premium prospect will be remaining. In any event, the Bears are singularly focused on bulking up the O-line.

D.J. Moore was a player who should’ve been re-signed. He was a standout of Vanderbilt before it was recognized as a legitimate football program. His NFL numbers practically mandated his inclusion in Chicago’s off-season plans. The front office has been clear in its insistence that it had no plans to resign Moore, but they lost a proven commodity to a team that’s in their conference. He’s been lost for contractual leverage over Captain Munnerlyn. For their part, the Panthers are making shrewd moves to shore up a defense that already boasts the rookie of the year in Luke Kuechly. The Bears might regret this loss when they face the Panthers but that won’t occur next year unless they meet in the playoffs. The Bears and Panthers have played each other in each of the last three seasons and Chicago won all three.

The point is that the Bears have developed a feared reputation for defensive turnovers, and they gave up a guy who was a key fixture in this reputation. The Bears are a turnover machine and unless they’re planning on scoring 38 points a game there’re going to need the turnover differential to be in their favor on an excruciatingly regular basis. The Bears have simply made life a bit more difficult for themselves.