INDIANAPOLIS — Bears coach Lovie Smith just addressed the media and said the team will target safeties during the offseason.
“We need to improve our safety position,” Smith said. “Whether it’s competition or adding a couple guys, I haven’t been pleased with the production we’ve got.”
Injuries and poor play hampered Chicago’s safeties last season, as five different players started at the position. Smith pointed out that the safety position accounted for just one interception, and he blamed the unit for some of the team’s defensive woes.
As for how the team can improve the safety spot, Smith acknowledged both the draft and free agency would be considered.
“Hopefully, maybe we’ll be able to use one (a draft pick) a little bit earlier (on a safety),” he said. “But right now, of course, there’s free agency, and there’s some possibilities there also.”
— Jason Feller