One of the biggest questions this offseason is whether the Bears defense will regress following the departure of Vic Fangio, Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan.
Fangio is noted by most as one of the top defensive minds in the NFL and has lead dominant defenses for multiple teams. Adrian Amos has developed in to a solid, reliable and healthy strong safety while Bryce Callahan displayed great talent at nickle when he was healthy.
The Bears replaced these three men with Chuck Pagano, a coach who has had success as both the coordinator of a top league defense in Baltimore and as a head coach in Indianapolis; Buster Skrine, a talented but risk-taking nickle and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix, a young player coming over (indirectly) from Green Bay, already has an All-Pro selection under his belt in his four year career. Additionally, the Bears have drafted Duke Shelley, cornerback out of Kansas State, who has already flashed signs that he is the long-term answer at nickle.
The Bears return the most solid defensive core in the NFL. Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan and company are as solid of a unit as the league has seen in years.
Let’s go ahead and recognize the elephant in the room at this point. Whether the Bears regress depends far more on player health than any other factor.
For the purposes of this poll, we are going to set health aside because there’s nothing whatever we can do about that, and assume that Chicago has the same general health level as last year. The Bears defense was very healthy, but key players did miss significant amount of times especially in critical games (Eddie Jackson and Khalil Mack in particular missed significant time).
So, I’m leaving it up to you.
Barring an increase in injuries (let’s just not consider that for the purpose of this poll) will the Bears defense improve, stay about the same or regress?
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