Week 6 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers can ruin any defensive plan of the Chicago Bears
When you factor in Aaron Rodgers, any strategy that is absolutely predictable is most likely a losing strategy. Desai is going have to step up big in this chess match between himself and the Green Bay quarterback.
The Packers head coach and offensive play-caller, Matt LeFleur is obviously part of this chess match. However, I believe it is mainly between Desai and Rodgers as the Packers QB is basically a serial killer of plays called by his coaches.
To get some real insight into Desai as a play-caller, Brandon Robinson put together a great thread on the Bears defense back in January when it was announced Desai would replace Chuck Pagano as the Bears defensive coordinator.
Brandon made a number of great points about the type of strategies he expected Desai to use that Fangio also used when he ran the Bears defense. The most pertinent point is giving the Packers a lot of Cover 2 shell looks before shifting into a defense that is either not the Cover 2 or is only in part using Cover 2 principles.
He made the point that this approach makes it possible to max out on the skill set of Eddie Jackson. Now, since he signed a big contract in January of 2020, he has seemingly made an inordinate amount of business decisions when it comes to tackling. Hopefully, against the Packers, he will feel compelled to embrace the let’s smack the Packers in the mouth strategy that the Bears should use to win this game.