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The defense has allowed first downs on 21-of-46 preseason third downs (46 percent). It’s been a problem area since last regular season when the Bears finished 27th at stopping third downs (41 percent).

“There’s no quick fix or anything for it,” Smith said. “In the preseason, you look at a lot of different things. In the preseason, we put guys in situations we won’t normally do during the regular season.

“We’ve had a lot of third-and-longs. If we get (offenses) into those third-and-longs during the course of the regular season, we’ll be in good shape.”