Bears Secondary in Shambles


One of my biggest concerns heading into training camp has been the secondary.  The questions surrounding their depth at cornerback are compounded by the cast of characters at the safety position.   Things seemed like they might settle down a little bit when the Bears traded to bring back Chris Harris and invested their top draft pick in Major Wright.  In the early going, it looks like the Bears have to investigate Plans B and C with Chris Harris and Major Wright going down with injuries.

The good news is that neither injury appears to be too serious, but they only go to strengthen my point about concerns at the position. Company man Larry Mayer will put a silver lining on the dark cloud by telling everyone how the down time for potential starters Harris and Wright mean added snaps for guys like Steltz, Bullocks and Afalava, but with such a desperate need for solidifying the position, the Bears can ill-afford starters missing valuable reps.

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  • Windy Cynic

    Why is Daniel Manning drafted as a corner, is our “best athlete” and somehow has never been given a position?

    Peanut is a ballhawk. Why not let him play safety and converge on every play. He has a nose for the play, allow him to roam.

    It’s hard to accept the idea that a better pass rush improves a pass defense. Units should be judged on their own or else you end up paying Nathan Vasher Briggs money.

    Bowman and project at corner, Harris and Tillman at safety. Not ideal, but interchangeable.

    • Boomer

      Great point about Vasher Windy. He was a product of a great pass rush. An improved pass rush won’t necessarily stop the dink and dunk up and down the field. Good pass rush will get the ball out of QB’s hand sooner, so teams scheme with short passes in the holes in Lovie’s Cover-Who.

      I’m with you on moving Peanut to safety if they had addressed the CB position in the offseason with someone taller than 5-7. We are dangerously thin at CB and if Peanut and/or Bowman get dinged, we’re in for a long season.

      Thanks for your comments as always!