4 offseason moves Ryan Poles made currently hurting Chicago Bears

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Sep 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears defensive tackle Al-Quadin Muhammad (55) motions to fans in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Al-Quadin Muhammad

This one may end up going back to Matt Eberflus. Of course, he comes from Indianapolis and was coach of Al-quadin Muhammad even more hands-on as the Colts defensive coordinator. You have to think Eberflus was in the area of Ryan Poles on this one.

Maybe next time Poles will shove him away. Muhammad has not been good in any area this season. He gets pushed around in the running game, and teams come at him every single week. Beyond that, he is the worst pass rusher of all of the edge rushers.

The team took four weeks of giving him more snaps than Trevis Gipson, and AQM still starts over Gipson through all six games. Muhammad has been actively hurting the team at this point and is providing nothing to help them win.

It was a bad signing, and what was crazy about it was that the team clearly had a bad run defense on their edge rush. They obviously do not trust Gipson, or they would play him more. Robert Quinn has a reputation as a bad run defender, and they drafted Dominique Robinson, who is a project. This is not revisionist history, we wrote this summer the run defense would be awful.

Adding Muhammad, who is not a strong run defender, and then expecting any of these four to be good at defending the run was probably a short-sighted idea. That goes back to Ryan Poles, even if his head coach really wanted this one. He should have told Eberlus that the run defense would struggle and they needed more muscle on the edge.