Chicago Bears Offseason Needs: Secondary
It was a bit of an odd season for the Chicago Bears secondary. They finished third in the league for passing yards allowed, giving up just 3,257 passing yards on the year. However, they lacked the ability to create turnovers, finishing 29th for interceptions with just eight as a team. In fact, the Bears lacked the ability to make a play on the ball in general, finishing 30th for passes defended with just 53.
The Bears also tied for the third-most receiving touchdowns allowed on the year, giving up 31 scores through the air. The cherry on top is that Chicago allowed the fewest passing attempts in the league during the 2021 season.
Now, you could take that as teams preferred to run the ball against Chicago, so maybe that’s where the emphasis should be. However, it can also be taken as the fact that the Bears were tied for the third-most passing touchdowns allowed while seeing the fewest pass attempts against them. Opposing teams didn’t have a need to throw all over the Chicago defense, but when they did throw the Bears struggled to make a play on the ball and keep it out of the end zone.
What Chicago needs to address in the secondary is two things. They need a ball hawk to either intercept or knock down the ball and they need players who can stop touchdowns from happening so often. They can either pay up and try and get it all in one or go the Moneyball route and try to piece it all together with multiple players. Regardless, it needs to happen this offseason in some form.