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The Chicago Bears defense has to look different with Eddie Goldman back

If you listen to any of the Bears’ defensive players throughout camp, they will tell you that this group feels different. The focus has shifted in a big way. It’s all about taking the football away and being aggressive.

The fact they get one of the unit’s stalwarts back in Eddie Goldman is a huge lift to this group. Goldman is one of the unsung heroes of this defense, as evidenced by the Bears’ inability to stop the run in 2020 like they were used to doing previously. Goldman is an enormous part of that aspect of the game.

With him back, the run defense will be an area to watch in the team’s first live action. Goldman and the starting defense have a chance (potentially just a short-lived one) to show their dominance against a group of running backs who don’t get a whole lot of notoriety around the league.

Stopping guys like Myles Gaskin, Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed will provide the Bears’ defense with some underrated yet capable backs to try and stop. It all starts with Goldman. Fans want to see the guy they have seen in the workout videos this offseason — the guy who still has plenty of football left in him.