Bears Secondary Gets Ready for Calvin Johnson

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Detroit Lions are 4-0 and share the top spot in the NFC North.  If you thought Steve Smith ran circles around the Bears secondary, just wait until you see what Calvin Johnson’s got in store for them.  Johnson is leading the league with 8 touchdown grabs in his first four games.  Here’s a little sampling of what he did to the Dallas Cowboys in the Lions’ latest come from behind win:

How do you think Tim Jennings (5’9″), DJ Moore (5’9″) and the rest of the Bears’ secondary will do against that???

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  • IAmDZim

    @DoAWildThing #Megatron!!!!!!!

  • IAmDZim

    @DoAWildThing #Megatron!!!!!!!

  • Doshi

    Peanut’s shut down Megatron before. He can do so again. Peanut plays on whatever side of the field Megatron’s on, and Hitman shifts the coverage his way. No matter the zone, Megatron should always have either Hitman or Peanut within 5 yards of him at all times, if not both, and if not closer. In general, we don’t need to worry too much about whoever’s lining up opposite Megs, though the TEs are always a problem against this defense. Peanut and Hitman can and have shut down Megatron between the 20s. They should be able to do so again. That is, if Lovie’s not the complete dunce I think he might be…

  • Doshi

    Peanut’s shut down Megatron before. He can do so again. Peanut plays on whatever side of the field Megatron’s on, and Hitman shifts the coverage his way. No matter the zone, Megatron should always have either Hitman or Peanut within 5 yards of him at all times, if not both, and if not closer. In general, we don’t need to worry too much about whoever’s lining up opposite Megs, though the TEs are always a problem against this defense. Peanut and Hitman can and have shut down Megatron between the 20s. They should be able to do so again. That is, if Lovie’s not the complete dunce I think he might be…

  • kengrad

    @Doshi well said hasn’t till normally done well vs big receivers? Don’t have any hard stats but I’m recalling a few big plays against a close to his prime Randy Moss.

  • kengrad

    @Doshi well said hasn’t till normally done well vs big receivers? Don’t have any hard stats but I’m recalling a few big plays against a close to his prime Randy Moss.

  • BearGogglesOn

    I believe this is the play you’re referencing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSgLNeuV_tM

    That was a looooong time ago. Notice the VIkes’ head coach?

    @kengrad@Doshi

  • BearGogglesOn

    I believe this is the play you’re referencing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSgLNeuV_tM

    That was a looooong time ago. Notice the VIkes’ head coach?

    @kengrad@Doshi

  • BearGogglesOn

    Good insight as always Doshi, but there are 2 flaws in your logic. 1. Lovie’s Cover-2 doesn’t ensure that Peanut is on Megatron. In a pure Cover-2, Peanut will hand off the coverage to a safety in the deep 1/3′s of the field, which brings me to problem 2.I don’t think that Harris is going to play. The setback he suffered last week might keep him out until at least next Sunday. Nothing official yet of course, but that’s the speculation. Besides, how did we shut him down last year in that whole “process of the catch” nonsense? @Doshi

  • BearGogglesOn

    Good insight as always Doshi, but there are 2 flaws in your logic. 1. Lovie’s Cover-2 doesn’t ensure that Peanut is on Megatron. In a pure Cover-2, Peanut will hand off the coverage to a safety in the deep 1/3′s of the field, which brings me to problem 2.I don’t think that Harris is going to play. The setback he suffered last week might keep him out until at least next Sunday. Nothing official yet of course, but that’s the speculation. Besides, how did we shut him down last year in that whole “process of the catch” nonsense? @Doshi

  • Doshi

    I know this is from a LONG time ago, but I keep flashing back to the Bears absolutely spanking the Lions at Soldier Field in 2009. Megs got his 133 yards, but it was virtually all in the first half, when Lovie was doing his usual schtick of sticking CBs to particular sides of the field.

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2009100400/2009/REG4/lions@bears#menu=gamepass&tab=analyze&analyze=playbyplay

    Most of the damage was done in the first half against Zach Bowman. in the second half, Peanut marked Megs, and he finished with 11 yards in the half.

    That was with the starting Safeties of Danieal Manning and Al Afalava.

    As bad as our Safeties are right now, they could not POSSIBLY be as bad as Al Afalava. DMan, OTOH, was and still is a pretty decent SS. If we have Meriwether/Harris in the game, and Lovie takes his head out of his ass and marks Megs with Peanut, this will be fun to watch. Megs is gonna get his, don’t get me wrong. He’s virtually a lock for 100/1 in every single game he plays. he’s the best WR in the NFL today, and there’s really nobody close. But I feel like the Bears have the best chance to at least limit what he does to that 100/1 if they pull their heads our of their collective asses and put Peanut over Megs all night long.

  • Doshi

    I know this is from a LONG time ago, but I keep flashing back to the Bears absolutely spanking the Lions at Soldier Field in 2009. Megs got his 133 yards, but it was virtually all in the first half, when Lovie was doing his usual schtick of sticking CBs to particular sides of the field.

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2009100400/2009/REG4/lions@bears#menu=gamepass&tab=analyze&analyze=playbyplay

    Most of the damage was done in the first half against Zach Bowman. in the second half, Peanut marked Megs, and he finished with 11 yards in the half.

    That was with the starting Safeties of Danieal Manning and Al Afalava.

    As bad as our Safeties are right now, they could not POSSIBLY be as bad as Al Afalava. DMan, OTOH, was and still is a pretty decent SS. If we have Meriwether/Harris in the game, and Lovie takes his head out of his ass and marks Megs with Peanut, this will be fun to watch. Megs is gonna get his, don’t get me wrong. He’s virtually a lock for 100/1 in every single game he plays. he’s the best WR in the NFL today, and there’s really nobody close. But I feel like the Bears have the best chance to at least limit what he does to that 100/1 if they pull their heads our of their collective asses and put Peanut over Megs all night long.

  • BearGogglesOn

    I hope you’re right or it could be a long night in Detroit. @Doshi

  • BearGogglesOn

    I hope you’re right or it could be a long night in Detroit. @Doshi