Wondering about a previous player, game or other issue with bears? Senior writer Larry Meyer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
With so much youth and speed in defense, why didn’t the Bears rush in more to start the season?
Philosophically, Bears coach Matt Eberfels has always believed in generating quick passes from the front four and dropping seven defenders in coverage more than blitzing. That has certainly been the case for the past four seasons when he was a defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts. Here’s what Eberflus had to say this week about the blunder: “If you look at history, I’ve never been a big pressure guy. Sometimes it was high in some games, but overall it was only about 25 percent, there I want to say. We believe in ingredient rush. We believe in dropping seven, having seven men in coverage and our four-man rush under pressure. We’ll press sometimes, certainly in terms of position and the first and second time, but that was our philosophy.”
If Jaylon Johnson wasn’t a target, why didn’t he switch locations with Kyler Gordon?
I’m assuming you’re referring to last Sunday night’s game in Green Bay, and if that was the case, I don’t think it would matter. It was very clear that Aaron Rodgers was targeting rookie Kyler Gordon and to a lesser extent Kindle Vildor, and I don’t think that would have changed if either of them were going to change positions on the court with Jaylon Johnson. Rodgers was still casting to the receivers that Gordon and Feldor were covering. The only thing that could happen in the coming weeks is that Johnson could shade the opponent’s top receiver rather than just lining up on the same side of the field the whole time. Defensive coordinator Alan Williams discussed this possibility Thursday, saying: “Usually we like to play right and left, [but] Down the line we may do that. These things are all things we look at week in and week out, and that’s always a possibility. We just didn’t do that.”
Why don’t bears play Dominic Robinson often?
The Bears love to turn their line of defense so they can keep sending new players into the game, and picking fifth-round rookie Dominic Robinson was a key part of that rotation early in the season. His playing time was on par with fellow defensive tackle Trevis Gibson. In fact, they were both on the field for 49 shots in their first two games, which equates to 37 percent of defensive shots. Robinson didn’t turn to the defensive end until relatively late in his college career in Miami (Ohio), so he’s not a polished player. As I gain more experience, I expect his playing time to increase. I know the bears love his traits and potential.