Bears defenders don’t expect a step back under Chuck Pagano

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The Bears allowed the fewest points in the league last season and that defensive success played a big part in the team taking the NFC North title.

It also played a big part in the Broncos targeting and eventually hiring Vic Fangio as their new head coach. The Bears responded by hiring former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as the new defensive coordinator.

The team’s players are in their second week of working with Pagano and two key members of the defense shared the feeling that not much will change. Linebacker Roquan Smith said it will be an “easy transition” from one coach to another and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks had a similar take on the direction of the defense.

“No step back, no step back; we’re always going forward,” Hicks said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “There’s always going to be an adjustment period anytime you have new people in the building. I don’t think we have to take a step back. We just have to hit it harder.”

The Bears lost a couple of defensive backs to free agency in safety Adrian Amos and cornerback Bryce Callahan, but the other regulars from last season are back. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and cornerback Buster Skrine were signed to fill those roles and help ensure that the defense doesn’t miss a beat in Chicago.

21 responses to “Bears defenders don’t expect a step back under Chuck Pagano

  1. “I don’t think we have to take a step back”

    Of course you think/hope you won’t take a step back under Pagano, but that doesn’t change the reality of the situation.

    Honest Bears fans will tell you that they know this defense won’t be as good as it was under Fangio. They just pray it will be good enough.

  2. One NFL season doesn’t guarantee another. The Bears had a cakewalk schedule and now they have a target on their back. This defenses is average, but became good only because of Khalil Mack.

  3. “One NFL season doesn’t guarantee another. The Bears had a cakewalk schedule and now they have a target on their back. This defenses is average, but became good only because of Khalil Mack.”
    ajzinneecker, I’m a Packers fan who sees these guys often, and that defense was good from front to back, it wasn’t just Mack. These guys will unfortunately be very good; Pagano is no Fangio, but he’s a heck of a defensive coach.

  4. New D head man, no picks this year until round 3, loss of quality defensive players, qb that needs to improve more, tougher schedule … lots to be worried about in Bear land.

  5. freefromwhatyouare says:
    April 25, 2019 at 7:25 am
    “I don’t think we have to take a step back”

    Of course you think/hope you won’t take a step back under Pagano, but that doesn’t change the reality of the situation.

    Honest Bears fans will tell you that they know this defense won’t be as good as it was under Fangio. They just pray it will be good enough.

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    Honest Bears haters, (like yourself) are super scared and jealous that the Bears defense will be dominating their squad for the next 3-5 years!

  6. Ha ha Clinton-dix is the weak spot he dont like to hit people. And get burned easy. Bears will be lucky to go 9-7 this season

  7. There is absolutely no possible way this team won’t take a step back. It’s just how much. Should definitely be a top 5 unit, but they won’t take over games like last year. The play of Trubisky had better be the thing to take a step forward, as I don’t believe the defense will be able to drag him to another NFCN title.

  8. CP coaching help set team records in Cleveland of all places as a secondary coach, and his players led the league in interceptions. Then as a defensive back coach in Oakland, he pushed them to 1st in passing yards/gm and 3rd in total ypg. He followed that as a secondary coach in Baltimore and then promoted to D coordinator, and for good reason. His defense finished in the top 3 for points, total yards, and rush yards allowed. He also improved their pass ypg from 21st to 4th, and pass touchdowns from 9th to 1st. He’s a solid Defensive Coordinator at worst, and potentially top tier. With the Bear players, odds are probably the latter.

    Turnovers are not historically consistent for any team, and having the best D is extremely hard to replicate. Sure, there could be some wiggle room, but… Same as above, the Bears have a top 10 defense at worst and there is potential to be brutally good.

  9. The Bears defense doesn’t need to be the best defense again, but it needs to remain in the top-3 or top-5. How well the Bears do is going to depend on the offense taking a step forward. The biggest impediment to the defense being great is injuries – the Bears had very good injury luck for a lot of the year, until the end of the season.

    Amos was the 11th best defender on that defense. It’s funny how people make it out to be a big deal that he’s gone. This defense will be good or bad depending on health, mostly. The schedule looks to be pretty tough, so they could be as good as last year and have 1 or 2 more losses, easily. It’s a new season.

  10. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    April 25, 2019 at 9:28 am
    There is absolutely no possible way this team won’t take a step back. It’s just how much. Should definitely be a top 5 unit, but they won’t take over games like last year. The play of Trubisky had better be the thing to take a step forward, as I don’t believe the defense will be able to drag him to another NFCN title.
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    That’s a reasonable assessment. If Trubisky can continue to improve, the Bears can continue to compete at the top of the division and beyond. How far depends on Trubisky. It’s time for him to stop showing flashes and he needs to more consistently move the offense. He doesn’t need to be a superstar, but he needs to take a leap from last year.

    I would expect the Vikings to be much better this year. I’m curious about the dynamic between Zimmer and Kubiak and his son, if and how that jells, and how much power Zimmer wields as a head coach as overseeing the entire team, or how much power he cedes to Kubiak. If the Vikings solve their line problems and Cousins’ shows up in big situations, the Vikings are a Super Bowl caliber team.

    I think it’s a two-team race in the division, and the Lions should be improved.

  11. I can already start to hear the balloon deflate for the Bears. No more surprising anyone with their gimmick offense. No more last place schedule. Defense got worse. Lost their coordinator. And last but not least Trubisky isn’t any good. Did I forget anything?

  12. Pagano is no Fangio! If he were Elway would have hired him instead of Vic. Bears will take a step back! No playoffs this year.

  13. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    April 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    I can already start to hear the balloon deflate for the Bears. No more surprising anyone with their gimmick offense. No more last place schedule. Defense got worse. Lost their coordinator. And last but not least Trubisky isn’t any good. Did I forget anything?

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    Yes you forgot that you’re a Lions fan that got swept by Trubisky and Chase Daniel last year and that there is another one coming this year, next year and probably the following year.

    Every time you post your’re wrong, consistently……The complete opposite happens, so please keep embarrassing yourself. I mean you have to be used to embarrassment you’re a Lions fan!

  14. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    April 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    I can already start to hear the balloon deflate for the Bears. No more surprising anyone with their gimmick offense. No more last place schedule. Defense got worse. Lost their coordinator. And last but not least Trubisky isn’t any good. Did I forget anything?
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    You forgot that they lost their coordinator but very little talent. You forgot that no one has really stopped the offense on a consistent basis and that Nagy has said that everything isn’t installed yet. You also forgot that you were wrong last year when you said the Bears wouldn’t have a winning record, and then said they wouldn’t make the playoffs, and then they won the division.

    Goad luck with the Lions this year. Feel the *meow*.

  15. thefiesty1 says:
    April 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    Pagano is no Fangio! If he were Elway would have hired him instead of Vic. Bears will take a step back! No playoffs this year.
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    It’s funny how much weight people will put into a coordinator and not the talent. Fangio is great and we’ll miss him, but he has had off years as a coordinator as well.

  16. The Bears will be good, and the team to beat in the NFCN. However, given the easier schedule last year and relative good defensive player health, it is likely there will be regression in 2019. The offensive development will be key — the Vikes were a top 5 defense and look where that got them playoff-wise.

  17. Bears have a rough schedule? NFC North teams all share the same schedule save two games.

    Would you rather have the Bears D or the Packers D?
    Nagy or LaFleur?
    Injury prone, aging Rodgers or Second Year (in the Offense) Trubisky?

    Bears win the North again. You can book that.

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