The Chicago Bears’ defense has surged under head coach Matt Eberflus’ direction.
A good pass rush can cover up a lot in the NFL, and that has been the Bears’ calling card thus far.
Eberflus’ philosophy has been paying massive dividends in the trenches. Not only is this pesky pass rush getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but it’s doing so without blitzing.
Chicago is blitzing on just 7.3 percent of its defensive plays. That is the second-lowest rate in the league, trailing the Buffalo Bills at 6.1 percent, per Pro Football Reference.
Crazy and scary stat. According to Pro Football Reference…— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) September 29, 2022
The Bears rank 31st w/ a blitz rate of 7.3%
However, the #Bears are 4th w/ a 33% pressure rate – they know how to get home with 4 rushers
Not great to hear after seeing the state of the #Giants protection on MNF
Though the group has tallied just six sacks on the season, the Bears’ defense ranks fourth in the NFL with a 33 percent pressure rate.
The sacks will come, but the numbers indicate that Eberflus’ system is working. The young defense coupled with a new system means that there is plenty of room for growth as the season chugs along.
#Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams: "I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too many sacks or too many pressures. That’s like a car too fast or too much money. We always want more pressure."— Sean Hammond (@sean_hammond) September 29, 2022
Bears D needs to get more pressure on opposing QBs.
The best Bears teams have always been able to fall back on a stellar defense. Though this team might be a few years away from contending, Bears fans have to be pleased with Eberflus’ early influence.
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