Playing time statistics show Bears need a defensive end

Expectations are the Chicago Bears will focus on the offensive line with the 29th pick in the draft next month.

But you count discount the possibility the team looks at a defensive lineman, especially as general manager Jerry Angelo touts the strength of the draft at this position.

The fact is the Bears need to find a defensive end that can help take some of the pressure off of Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and coach Lovie Smith consistently talk about using players in waves and it turned out to be pretty much one wave for the Bears in 2010.

Playing time statistics show that Julius Peppers was on the field for 87.9 percent of the team’s snaps in his first season with the club. Across from him, fellow starter Israel Idonije played 80.2 percent of the snaps. The duo combined for 3

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