The Chicago Bears cannot expect the defensive scheme to solve everything
Where will Chicago fans look to blame the defensive struggles now that Chuck Pagano has retired as defensive coordinator?
Will it be the new defensive coordinator, Sean Desai? Hopefully not because this hiring feels right given that Desai has been with the organization since 2013. It’s important to have a guy coaching the defense that players feel the most comfortable around and he steps into a tremendous situation with playmakers he’s familiar with coaching.
That doesn’t dismiss the number of points the Bears surrendered in the back half of the 2020-21 season. Something changed after the bye week and yes, two of these games came against Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers playing like an MVP, but this is the bread and butter of Chicago — they are the Monsters of the Midway.
In Week 13 the Bears lost to Detroit 34-30. Then they allow 76 points to the Packers in two matchups, including a Week 17 35-16 loss, but these are the matchups to focus on because they’re divisional games. Green Bay and Minnesota, assuming neither team moves their quarterback, return top tier offenses while the Lions remain a question mark with Jared Goff under center now.
Roquan Smith played like a maniac this past season and guys like Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Eddie Jackson are always making plays. It’s time to return to our 2018 form and completely shut out opposing teams with, hopefully, an improved offense. Feels like we’re saying this every offseason.