June 25, 2024

Bears Need to Aim Higher than Projections

Analysis: Bears free agent spending projections require bigger defensive objectives and more spent cash.
The Bears loved what they saw when Montez Sweat pressured passers, but when offensive lines overplayed him it often became problematic.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus will call defensive plays in 2024 - Chicago Sun-Times

They know they don’t want to blitz 22.2% of the time again, a figure that Sportsradar said was 21st most—highest finish for blitz rate by any of Matt Eberflus’ six NFL defenses.

It’s why new defensive coordinator Eric Washington said that would be ending.

“We’d like to be—we’re going to be—a team that generates pressure with our front four,” Washington said. “We’re going to build the best pass rush in football. That happens to be an area, fortunately an area, that I’ve had tremendous success with and we have the personnel to get that done.”

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