Chicago Bears: 5 reasons the Bears are not the 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars

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4. Chuck Pagano brings an aggressive mindset that benefits the defense

The last time Chuck Pagano had a defense that was this talented, he was the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. That year, the Ravens defense allowed just 16.6 points per game, totaled 48 sacks, and 22 forced fumbles.

At his introductory press conference in January, Pagano stated that he was going to continue using the same defensive scheme that the Bears ran last season but that there would be a few minor tweaks to the system.

Pagano knows what it takes to have a successful defense in the NFL and how to win. He’s someone that’s been around football for the last 30 years and wherever he’s been as a defensive coordinator, he’s always found success.

While most expect the defense to take a step back due to the departure of Vic Fangio, keep in mind that we’ll see Pagano blitzing a lot more which means Khalil Mack, Eddie Goldman, and Akiem Hicks in the quarterbacks face more.

Perhaps the one player who could benefit the most from Pagano’s presence is Leonard Floyd who’s entering his fourth season and has yet to live up to his draft status (2016, ninth overall). While Floyd has been stellar in the run game, he hasn’t exactly been the best at rushing the passer.

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Pagano knows how to connect with players and the mindset that he’s going to bring to the Bears defense is going to be one which the players connect with immediately. While it’ll need to be shown on the field, Pagano is ready to field a Super Bowl caliber defense.