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They gave up 395 yards to the Lions, including a 73-yard touchdown catch by Johnson in which Tillman failed to jam him at the line and Chris Harris got beat. They also let Best run 88 yards untouched on the way to the end zone.
"Sometimes it's alignment, maybe assignment or technique," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "Those things right there. Right now, there's two-three plays a game that are hurting us. Part of our system, that's the one thing you really should eliminate, make people grind the ball out. We're failing on that right now."
Like general manager Jerry Angelo said in an interview with the team's website this week, Briggs insisted the issue is discipline. It's players missing assignments and failing to pressure the quarterback.
Urlacher said it's something else, too -- trust.
"If you run through your gap, you're expecting the other guy to run through his gap," Urlacher said. "Now it's getting to the point where you run `to' your gap and you're getting hedgy, looking around, seeing where the ball carrier is, and he cuts back through your gap. It's a trust issue with us, being disciplined and trusting that the other guy is going to be in his gap. That's what it comes down to for us."
NOTES: Besides Harris and Meriweather, RT Frank Omiyale is not expected to start after being lifted the past two games. ... WR Earl Bennett practiced on a limited basis for the first time since he suffered a chest injury against New Orleans in the second game.
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