5 notable styles on Matt Eberflus new Chicago Bears defense
3. You will not see Robert Quinn drop into coverage anymore
Fans are worried about Matt Eberflus shifting the defense from a 3-4, to a 4-3. However, if anything, this is going to benefit the defense that is currently constructed.
One of the most frustrating things that Chuck Pagano did would be to drop Robert Quinn into coverage. Aaron Rodgers in particular could spot when it was going to happen and torched the Bears in specific moments.
Sean Desai did not do it as much, but the team still dropped Quinn, as well as Khalil Mack into coverage. Even Vic Fangio did it. A 3-4 defense expects that from their edge rushers, but a 4-3 defense does not.
With Chuck Pagano, the Bears dropped their edge rushers into coverage 10% of the time, and Sean Desai had them dropping 8% of the time.
Eberflus has never dropped his edge rushers into coverage more than 4% of the time, and you would assume that 4% are specific snaps for specific reasons. The difference amounts to one or two snaps per game, but saying that Quinn will get two more pass rush attempts instead of two snaps in coverage sounds nice.
The reality is that he expects his rushers to rush, and is not going to mess around getting caught with Quinn in coverage if his blitz does not get home. Matt Eberflus is going to get Quinn and Mack more bites at the apple, which will only help them.