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Reader Q&A: Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag

Reader Q&A: Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag

How do you think this year's defensive unit compares with the '85 Bears? -- Mike Litwin, Chicago

Let's not get carried away here. This is a good defense. It can't touch the '85 Bears though, which many regard as the greatest defense in modern NFL history. Remember a couple of things about the '85 Bears defense. First, every member of the starting lineup was in the absolute prime of his career with the exception of Gary Fencik, who was 31 at the time. Second, that defense had a cutting edge scheme that left opponents cross-eyed. The 2011 Bears have a scheme that is easy to figure out from a mental standpoint. Opponents, with the exception of the Packers, have not...