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 – DECEMBER 04: Eddie Goldman
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 04: Eddie Goldman /

Knock on wood but nose tackle Eddie Goldman has been healthy through the first five games of the year and that’s been big for the Bears. In terms of production Goldman has ten total tackles with seven solo and one sack.

Goldman’s start to the pre-season was a little shaky. He came to camp out of shape and missed a little time getting game ready. However, so far, this season he has done well with his conditioning.

Another issue Goldman has had is staying healthy. During his career, Goldman has only been able to play in 26 of 37 games. That has been disappointing. Hopefully this year he will be able to make it a full 16 games and contribute.

Goldman’s size is what makes him an ideal nose tackle as he comes in at 6’4” and weighs 320 pounds. That helps him plug the gaps down the center of the defense forcing the opposing running back to take it out of the middle and run outside where Chicago’s quicker defenders are located.

But the Bears need Goldman to rush the passer more often and has proven that he can do that. We have seen him have the up the field speed he needs to get to the quarterback. Goldman also has the moves needed to break free of blockers and get to the passer.

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Goldman needs to recapture some of the magic from that season and help the Bears get to the quarterback more often. But first, he needs to be able to stay healthy and so far, he has been able to do that.

Maybe this will be his “breakout” year?