Bears Looking For Boost Up Front On Defense

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- It's no secret the Chicago Bears failed to create enough havoc up front last season even with Julius Peppers, and defensive end Israel Idonije really didn't need the reminder.

He understands that's one area that needs to improve.

It sure would help if the Bears are going to deliver on the high expectations they're bringing into this season. With the trade for Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall and the depth they added throughout the roster, they believe they're poised to contend in the NFC and make a big playoff run after being wrecked by injuries last season on the way to an 8-8 finish.

They still have some question marks, though, and their ability to get to the quarterback is a big one despite the presence of Peppers.


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