Bears DC Chuck Pagano claims takeaways will come for defense
Swapping defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (now-Denver Broncos head coach) for Chuck Pagano caused concern of a possible regression for the Chicago Bears defense. Through two weeks of play, that’s a fallacy; they’ve allowed a total of 24 points in two games, including just two touchdowns.
However, if there is an area where the Bears lack, it comes with a defensive unit that has forced one turnover (a Kyle Fuller interceptions) to start the season — a far cry from a 2018 squad that reeled in a league-leading 36 takeaways.
To Pagano, he sees the lack of takeaways as a perfect analogy to a slumping batter, stating it will get better.
“A batter is slumping and can’t put the bat on the ball and you press and the harder you swing, the worse it gets, you know?” Pagano said, via Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. “So you just keep doing your job. Tight coverage mixed with rush. Pressure. Punching the ball out. The Peanut punch. All that stuff. Again, that’s a byproduct of what happens in practice.”
It’s more likely than not that Chicago starts boosting their takeaways. Though the genius Fangio is gone, Pagano is a successful coordinator and is working with a team that returned ten defensive starters from 2018 (safety Adrian Amos being the exception).
The Bears are close. On tape, the Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd pass-rush has caused errant passes from quarterbacks; playmaking defensive backs Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller have been oh so close to getting coveted takeaways. Now, the Bears need to put it all together.