The Bears have signed linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa to a one-year deal. I like it for three reasons.
1. Tino is a versatile player and speedy in coverage – pivotal for playing the strong side. Tight ends destroyed the Bears defense up the middle in 2008. He’s also got multiple interceptions in three of his six seasons.
2. In 2008, Tino led the Rams in tackles and recorded 3 sacks. If the Bears are going to amp up their pressure on quarterbacks in 2009, they’ll need to involve the linebackers.
3. This is the first substantial (possible starting) addition to the defense this off-season. They’ve collected bodies for the offensive line, brought in a Pro Bowl quarterback and debated wide receivers with the media. All they’ve done for the defense is hire the first head coach to go 0-16. This sends the message that we’re refusing to enter 2009 with the same eleven guys that failed in 2008.