Can the Chicago Bears’ Pass Rush Continue to Improve?

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 28: Leonard Floyd
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 28: Leonard Floyd /
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 24: Pernell McPhee
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 24: Pernell McPhee /

When the season started, fans were happy but skeptical when they heard that Pernell McPhee would be able to start the season healthy. After all, he had been injured so often since coming to Chicago; he had hardly been on the field. Its likely fans felt he would be absent for long periods of the year again. But so far, he has proven many people wrong.

Granted, it’s only been five games but through five games, Pernell McPhee has sacked the quarterback twice and forced one fumble. He has eight total tackles in his one start this season.

I have written a lot about McPhee in the past and have called him many things like talented, disappointing, opportunistic and frustrating. There is so much to like about him and so much to be frustrated about too.

The biggest frustration is that McPhee cannot seem to stay on the field for any length time. He has been injured in every regular season he has been with the Bears (except this one so far) and has not been able to be a consistent contributor.

The Bears need someone with his talent and ability to be on the field on every passing down but McPhee has not been able to do say upright consistently.

McPhee’s play has been impressive at certain points this season. The fact that he can stay on the field is impressive enough. He did have a nice game against both Green Bay and Minnesota and may be poised for bigger things this season if he can stay healthy. Should he be able to do that, he will become a very vital part of Chicago’s pass rush.