Bears’ defense going back to the basics after faltering vs. Packers

Bears coach Matt Eberflus and his defensive staff spent much of the offseason, training camp and preseason instilling the H.I.T.S. principle that focuses on hustle, intensity and aggressiveness.

But let the record show that the “T” in H.I.T.S. is for takeaways, not tackling.

So two weeks into the regular season, the Bears had a tackling issue in their 27-10 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Poor tackling helped pave the way for Green Bay to gain 414 yards, including 203 on the ground.

Is that a red flag or just an early-season hiccup for a defense playing at regular-season game speed for only the second time? Eberflus wasn’t going to accept that excuse.

“You’re not tolerant [of that] at all,” Eberflus said. “It’s something we have to correct, and we’re going to work tirelessly to get that done. But a lot of times it happens early in the year.”

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