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The Positional Quick 3: Defensive Coaches

| June 28th, 2018

I’m traveling in Dingle, Ireland years ago and I’m exhausted. This was my first day ever in Europe and I couldn’t keep my eyes open at 4:30 in the afternoon. My uncle turns to me and says, “Have a quick three. You’ll be fine.” I drank three Guinness in the span of a half hour. Seven hours later I’m dancing to a shitty Irish house DJ with Jenny Pye, a local lass who dreamed of being an EMT in New York City.

I’m very tired of this 2018 off-season. And incredibly eager for the season to begin. So I’m taking the quick three approach to each position group as we head into the summer. Not grading the groups or anything. Just making some points.


Defensive Coaches

  • The core of anyone’s belief that this Bears edition will find itself fighting for a postseason spot in December is continuity with the defensive coaching staff. John Fox and Vic Fangio inherited the worst Bears defense in franchise history and quickly turned that around with an influx of talent and a ton of tremendous coaching. Fox is gone but Fangio’s task is simple: take this group and put them over the top.
  • There seems to be a belief out there that Fangio’s head coaching dreams are dead. And they probably are because I just don’t see an NFL franchise hiring a 60+ year old defensive guy to his first head coaching gig. Guys who get hired at that age almost exclusively have been head coaches previously. But with full autonomy on one side of the ball, Vic has a chance to become a legend in Chicago. There’s not another DC gig in the league where that’s the case. Yea, the grass is always greener but this grass is pretty f’n green.
  • There’s pressure on Jay Rodgers this season. The Bears have two stars on their defensive line in Hicks and Goldman but their defensive line coach has to maximize the talent in RRH, Bullard and rookie Bilal Nichols. If he does, Rodgers could find himself running a defense in the league next season.

Tomorrow: Special teams

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  • That Guy

    You know, I don’t think it would be season-killing if one of these guys got injured.

    • willbest

      I think without Hicks we don’t have much in the way of QB pressure. Our DB’s look solid so maybe we end up with some coverage sacks, but a top 10 QB is going to make our D his bitch without somebody that gives his o-line fits.

      • That Guy

        I don’t think it would ruin the season if Fangio blew his ACL. Or if Jay Rodgers had a nagging high ankle sprain.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          A concussion might cause some problems.

        • CanadaBear

          In the not too distant past a certain HC was handing out BJ’s left and right. It didn’t end well.

      • We all saw how the D fared at the end of the season when Hicks was gassed.

        The O had all day.
        That’s why I wanted Landry .

        No way we’re gonna beat the QBs on our schedule this year if they’re just standing back there chilling

  • The brother of Jenoris Jenkins was chillin at Jenoris’ house with his krew. William Jenkins.

    Somebody in the krew mouthed off to Willie, and he was forced to pop a cap in his ass.

    That is how shit rolls.

    • CanadaBear

      Bad tempers+loaded weapons=

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      Jackrabbit’s brother killed somebody?

  • willbest

    I wouldn’t classify Goldman as a star. He is certainly very good, but how many OC’s last year went “we need to have a plan for this guy”?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I am going to say all of them, because besides Hicks they didn’t have to plan for anyone else

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Star”? That is a reach.

      • Think it’s relative. How many “star” NTs can anybody name off the top of the head? I can’t name one except maybe Poe (and he was available in FA).

        NT is a grinder w little glory.

        All I know is when Goldman is swallowing up double teams and not going backward, our run D is statistically better.

        He might indeed be a top 5 NT in the league , and top 5 in any position is pretty much a star

  • Sactowns#1

    Since there’s no football right now I need a new series to watch. I’ve done all the HBO shows and most of the Showtime ones. Anyone have any suggestions?

    • CanadaBear

      The first season of Mindhunter was good.

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      Ray Donovan?
      Rewatch 30 Rock?
      Go old school and start watching Robotech
      Justified?
      The Shield?
      Get LOST again?
      Suit on USA…guilty pleasure
      German Pee Porn?

      • Sactowns#1

        I was actually looking at Goliath the other day. I do like Angelina Jolee’s ex so maybe I’ll check it out if you give it the nod.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Goliath any good?

        • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

          I’d go Bosch before Goliath. 4 awesome seasons already

          • Sactowns#1

            I’ve already watched all the Bosch. I really dig that show. I like how they dont spell every single thing out for the audience. It makes the dialogue and interactions much more believable.

    • SC Dave

      No football?!?

      The greatest football event in the world has just reached the playoffs.

      • willbest

        He meant handegg

      • Johnnywad

        Ugh. We will have to agree to disagree on soccer.

        Teams advancing toward world titles via games played to a draw. Sometimes a 0-0 draw. Not a fan.

    • BenderMcLugh

      The Expanse is great scifi, and I really enjoyed the new Trek season

      • Irish Sweetness

        WestWorld makes the The Expanse look very basic. Loved Discovery.

        • BenderMcLugh

          WestWorld is incredible (to me) but completely different. I don’t see how they can be compared

        • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

          Westworld is one of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched.

      • Sactowns#1

        I do dig a good Sci-fi and liked the new Trek. I’ll gibe it a try. Thanks

        • BenderMcLugh

          hope you enjoy it like I did!

    • Johnnywad

      Just finished the first episode of Deep State. Looks to be a good one.

      And as C Bear says below, Mindhunter is excellent.

  • Does Fangio have an understudy? Cuz I’m sorta w Irish disliking his missionary style philo.
    I feel he’s a lil too much like Lovie. A good DC but will get outcoached by smarter more creative and aggressive coaches.

    I’m hoping he has an understudy to do what Fangio is incapable of – a Chico to his Lovie that’ll take our D to the top and not hanging around #10

    He’s done great w what he’s had, and top I the hat to him, but our guns are locked and loaded. Time to take it up a notch

    • CanadaBear

      As the talent level goes up so does the performance. The D in SF was pretty effective.

      • Do we trust Pace to give Fangio that level of talent?

        9ers had Aldon Smith.

        Pace drafted Floyd.

        Their GM got Bowman-Willis

        Pace got Kwiat

        They got Justin Smith.

        Pace got Bullard

        Could be Fangio needs better players. But Pace’s acquisitions thus far don’t inspire hope for elite studs (also could be both are underwhelming like Angelo-Lovie combo)

        Guess we’ll find out soon if past is not prologue

        • CanadaBear

          Pace also drafted Roquan besides Kwiat.

          • SC Dave

            And Igebuniwe. Minimal odds I spell that right…

  • CanadaBear
    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      aww, he’s fucking dead. This ain’t yo momma’s 2014 Swiss Cheese D with huge gaping holes. This is that new hybrid American/swiss cheese product with tiny mini holes. He’ll get lucky on a few but he’ll throw a couple up that even our D backs will haul in.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Don’t you think the drums will be beating for Tampa to cut him loose?

      • CanadaBear

        Not really. If he actually told the truth in that apology, he has quit drinking. That has to help.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “…It is uncharacteristic of me…”

          Uh, no, Jameis.

          THAT is the problem.

          It is completely characteristic of you.

          It’s hard to talk your way out of things you’ve behaved yourself into.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I’m in Gainesville but not even a huge Gator fan. That guy has got mental issues. So he went to Florida State.

            Like the college girl he got sued over sounded like a trap. But he sounds dumb as fuck now.

            Like dumber than Ben Roethlisberger dumb.

  • antityco

    Yeah

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      THIS! So insightful!

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, the NFL’s investigation is basically saying Winston committed SEXUAL ASSAULT but, he’s only getting suspended for THREE games?

    They’ll be a crapstorm of criticism for THAT.

    • Sactowns#1

      As there should be.
      With regard to violations of the Personal Conduct Policy that involve: (i) criminal assault or battery (felony); (ii) domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse and other forms of family violence; or (iii) sexual assault involving physical force or committed against someone incapable of giving consent, a first 7 Personal Conduct Policy League Policies for Players | 2016 offense will subject the offender to a baseline suspension without pay of six games, with consideration given to any aggravating or mitigating factors

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Feel free to read your own rules, Roger.”

        Once again, the NFL’s application of punishment defies comprehension.

        • Sactowns#1

          I guess because the assault didn’t include physical force or an intoxicated victim?

        • SC Dave

          ‘Sexual assault’ is an ambiguous term.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I know, all of a sudden you can’t honk a girls tits anymore without being accused of sexual assault. What is this world coming too?

          • Irish Sweetness

            In a certain SE Asian country, females were selected thus historically. A man would wait behind a tree for his intended to walk by. Upon her arrival he would promptly jump out from behind the tree and rape her, for example. She was then ‘claimed’ as his.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            awe the good ole days

          • SC Dave

            Yikes… nothing like courtship, eh?

    • I read that the NFL wanted to sweep it under the rug after the Zeke fiasco as opposed to stretch it out and stink up their precious season.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Not condoning it, but should a man be punished twice for the same crime?

      If he murders someone …..

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Jordan doesn’t need to catch if we have decent wide receivers.

    That man carried this team enough of the time last year.

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