Well, now that the dress rehearsals are over with, it’ll be exciting to see if the Chicago Bears defense plays as well in real games. The front seven put pressure on the quarterback once again. They’ve been either pressuring or sacking quarterbacks all preseason long. Against the Browns, the Bears recorded five sacks. Also, the main backups played most of the first half, and they held the Browns scoreless until 3:16 left in the second quarter.
Nick Kwiatkoski and Isaiah Irving starred for the linebacker unit. Kwiatkoski recorded two sacks and two tackles, while Irving had three tackles and two sacks himself. He may have made the team with this game. The undrafted rookie’s made an impression during camp. For the preseason, he has five tackles and three sacks. Christian Jones also did well, recording six tackles.
Tight end Adam Shaheen caught three passes and did a pretty good job blocking once again. He’s been quiet on the field this preseason, so seeing him make those catches is nice. He would’ve been the Bears’ leading receiver except for a 52-yard reception made by MyCole Pruitt.
The way the defense played this preseason gives many people hope not only for future seasons but also for this season. Yes, we don’t know how well the cornerbacks will play, but just having the front seven put the pressure in the backfield makes the cornerbacks better. Over the past several seasons, without the pressure put on, the corners needed to run around for too long. Eventually, someone got open.
That might not happen as much this season.