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Stingy Bears Defense, A Changing Offensive Philosophy, Rookies Tour Chicago, and Other Bullets

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Yeah, we’re counting down the days too:

  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times gleans a bunch of information regarding the side of the ball that was most productive in 2017 in recent interviews with Bears defensive coaches. And once again, safety Deon Bush gets some love. Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio mentioned Bush as someone who was standing out at this point of the offseason and has shown improvement. Those sentiments were backed up by Ed Donatelle, who coaches the secondary. “[Bush is] playing really fast, and he’s playing certain,” Donatelle said. “He’s playing with great speed. That just means he knows where he’s going, and he’s seeing what he’s supposed to see when he’s supposed to see it. That’s where most of his improvement is.”
  • It’s easy for Bush to get lost in the secondary shuffle, especially after how well Eddie Jackson played as a rookie and how well Adrian Amos has played since being drafted in 2015. Bush was a fourth-round pick in 2016 out of Miami, a school that has produced a quality defensive back or two over the years. That he is showing some signs of life is encouraging.
  • We recently discussed Leonard Floyd as someone who could be positioned to take the next step now that he is in the third year of Fangio’s defense, but that could also apply to Bush. It could also apply to fellow safeties Deiondre’ Hall and DeAndre Houston-Carson, both of whom were also part of the 2016 draft class. Houston-Carson has carved out a niche as a special teams standout, while Hall’s playing time has been inconsistent. Perhaps one of these 2016 picks will be bounced off the roster bubble after the team added an influx of defensive backs as undrafted free agents this spring.
  • Yards after contact were hard to come by against the Bears’ defense, according to Pro Football Focus:

  • The Bears’ defense as the driving force that could lead the team out from the bottom of the NFC North standings. Pro Football Weekly’s Bob LeGere takes a gambler’s perspective on previewing what could be coming down the pipeline. The total number of wins set here in LeGere’s piece is 6.5, and while we have discussed how the schedule might not be as difficult as we think, there is still an up-hill battle to get to seven wins. The Vikings and Packers are Super Bowl contenders, and the Lions have won nine games in each of their last two seasons.
  • And because you might care about it just a little, ESPN is tracking sports betting bills that get passed by states. This is something we’ll have bookmarked and check often.
  • Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Head Coach Matt Nagy isn’t afraid to play Taylor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen together, which seems different compared to how the old regime would have handled things. Remember, John Fox and Dowell Loggains were hesitant to play Cohen in certain situations, even going as far to say that the defense would dictate how Cohen would be used. It sounds like Nagy will take a different approach and force the defense to adapt to two speedsters on the field, and I’m totally here it.
  • Staying on the offensive side of the ball, ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson writes the Bears are feeling positive vibes after Allen Robinson’s debut during OTAs last week. They won’t rush him back into action, but he is on a timeline where he’ll be a full participant when training camp rolls around in July. Hooray!
  • Having a plan for life after the NFL isn’t a bad idea. But free agent signee Earl Watford seems to already have his eyes on the MMA once his football career has concluded:

  • The Chicago White Sox had the Bears’ rookies out for a day at the park on Saturday, and it looked like everyone had a good time:

  • We’re work-shopping a name for this group, Maybe it’s just me, but Georgia Boys feat. The Memphis Grind really rolls off the tongue:

  • But seriously, don’t ever think for one minute that Anthony Miller won’t remind you that he’s from Memphis:


Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.