The 3 keys to success for the Chicago Bears new defensive scheme

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Chicago Bears, Roquan Smith
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Weak-side linebacker is another key position for the Chicago Bears new defense

Since entering the League in 2018, Colts’ LB Darius Leonard has been an absolute game-wrecker. In his first four seasons playing the weak-side linebacker role for Matt Eberflus, Leonard has had 538 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and 11 interceptions. Another critical component to the Chicago Bears future success, the “Will” has many three-down responsibilities in Eberflus’ defense.

Proving in a large sample size his ability to put his weak-side linebacker in good positions to make plays, Eberflus should have Bears fans pretty excited about the future of Roquan Smith. Presumingly taking over the Will duties in this new defense, Smith should be an absolute monster again this year.

With the ability and talent to do anything that Darius Leonard does at the LB position, this will be a great scheme fit for Roquan. Looking to build off his solid 2020 and 2021 campaigns, I think this should be his best season yet.

Roquan may have to lose 10-15 lbs to play his new position, but that shouldn’t be a problem. He is a star talent, and at just 24 years old, a centerpiece of this Bears franchise. Heading into this new season, I expect more “splash plays” from No. 58.