Bears Defense Learning Some New Tricks Under Chuck Pagano

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After a disappointing end to the Chicago Bears' 2018 campaign with a Wild Card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team decided to hire Chuck Pagano as its new defensive coordinator.

Pagano has begun to deploy some new defensive strategies in practice, much to the liking of head coach Matt Nagy.

Although he wouldn't divulge specifics, Nagy said "I have zero concerns. It’s going to be exciting. We are seeing some different looks out there that we haven’t seen with Vic. It’s been neat."

There has been a bit of an adjustment period for the Bears defense with some of these new schemes, but it appears that Chuck Pagano trusts the process in this quote:

"You can tell we’ve thrown a lot at them," Pagano said. "That’s on purpose. We’re seeing what sticks. We’re throwing a lot of mud at the wall and seeing what sticks. But they’ve done a great job. There’s good retention."

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But could changing too much be detrimental? The Bears ranked No. 1 in the NFL in takeaways (36), interceptions (27), and rushing touchdowns allowed (5) during the 2018 season.

It appears that Chicago's defense continues to improve though, securing the talents of HaHa Clinton-Dix to bolster the team's secondary.

The pressure to repeat the outstanding season-long performance by Chicago's defense will be immense, but the Bears have all the tools within their organization to potentially become Super Bowl contenders.