The Chicago Bears defensive backs are a focus.
Chuck Pagano mentioned Duke Shelley after Buster Skrine before mispronouncing or forgetting the name Michael Joseph. Pagano lastly listed the free-agent pickup of Artie Burns. Take that with a grain of salt, but when a coach mentions your name quickly, he knows who you are.
Not specifying a player’s name doesn’t seem to fair as well for players Sherrick Mcmanis, Stephen Denmark, and Xavier Crawford. The other rookie cornerback Kindle Vildor was missing as well. Again, this doesn’t mean much right now because they haven’t got into much.
Chicago Bear fans want Eddie Jackson to play the deep free safety role. But Chuck Pagano will not commit to using him in the position only. Pagano stressed that Jackson is just as good as playing deep as he is playing deep. It might cause some beer to be thrown, but Eddie Jackson won’t specifically play the free safety position solely. The competition between Tashaun Gipson and Deon Bush is going to happen.
Just like the quarterback position, the two safeties are aware and will battle to see who will win the starting position next to Eddie Jackson. Pagano described whoever gets that duty will need to do everything that Jackson does. The keyword here is interchangeable.
The safties will be interchangeable to disguise coverage and put the better player (Jackson) around where the ball will likely be targeted. This Chicago Bears defense will not be that traditional defense where a player is at their set position and is told to attack. At least not on the backend of the defense.