Chicago Bears: Burning questions as Bears work through bye week

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3. Will Sean Desai show the Chicago Bears he should keep his job?

Remember back after the first month of the season, when the Bears’ defense was a top-10 unit? The Bears led the NFL in sacks after four games and were getting to the quarterback regularly, while their obvious holes weren’t completely killing them.

Over the last four games, much has changed. Sean Desai’s defense looks like a completely different unit. At one point, the Bears essentially went two full games without registering a sack. Over these past four contests, the Bears are giving up a whopping 31 points per game — all losses.

Sure, Ryan Pace didn’t exactly help his defense out by failing to address to cornerback position. But, the Bears have enough talent to put up a better fight than what they’ve shown on this 4-game skid.

Desai preached takeaways over the course of training camp, yet the Bears have just nine takeaways all season long. For perspective, the league leader is at 20 (Indianapolis) and the bottom of the NFL sees the Jacksonville Jaguars with five.

Desai should be anything but comfy down the stretch, as some major changes likely loom for the coaching staff in the coming offseason.