Chuck Pagano must be creative with the Chicago Bears defense
Then there is another quote Chuck Pagano gave that leaves much to the imagination. He said, “We’ll leave no bullets in the chamber.” When he said that he probably meant blitzing, having his pass rushers move around so as not to line up in the same place all the time as well as using stunts and other tricks. However, this does leave the door open for Pagano to use his defensive backs in ways he normally does not use them.
I have suggested literally every review of a Bears-Packers game to use the Belichick move of doubling up on the best wideout using your second-best corner and a safety. Then use the best cover guy on single coverage of the second-best wideout.
It will be fascinating to see how Chuck Pagano decides to address this critical aspect of defending the Packers. For context, the Panthers double-teamed Adams and they held him to seven catches on 10 targets, for a season-low 42 yards. However, the Packers also ran for 195 yards on 27 carries that game.
This gets us to some good news for the Bears defense. It is at its best when it can shut down the opposing team’s run game and then feel free to let it all hang out on the pass rush. This is now entirely possible with Akiem Hicks playing and the defense submerged in playoff intensity.