One of Matt Eberflus’ main objectives in his first year as the head coach of the Chicago Bears is to change the culture.
Eberflus wants his team to be tough, disciplined, and relentless. That’s why he brought his HITS philosophy to Chicago.
- H: Hustle
- I: Intensity
- T: Taking the ball away
- S: Situationally smart
The first-year Bears head coach also does things like counting “loafs” (taking plays off basically) during practice. It’s a system that’s different, but it seemingly works.
Of course, it only works if everyone buys in. That’s why changing the culture is so important.
Fortunately for the Bears, it sounds like the culture change is well underway.
Comments from Chicago defensive back Jaylon Johnson on Tuesday seem to indicate that this Bears team is already practicing with a new level of intensity.
Jaylon Johnson said he wants to beat the offense on every play pic.twitter.com/vzT0vgCFiv— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) August 2, 2022
“I’m trying to win,” said Johnson on Tuesday. “I’m trying to whoop their ass every chance I get and I feel like they need that. I mean, we all need that…That’s how we get better at the end of the day.”
Jaylon Johnson smiles when asked whether he felt a ramp up with the team going in pads today: "I thought we've been physical without pads."— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) August 2, 2022
It certainly feels like the culture is heading in the right direction. When you see that kind of intensity during practice — a desire from the defense to win every play — it usually translates to success on Sundays during the fall.
The Bears don’t quite have the talent to be a playoff contender in 2022. But this is going to be a fun team to watch. Don’t be surprised if they ruin a few seasons this year. There are going to be some teams that underestimate Chicago that end up looking really silly this season.
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