Chicago Bears: 5 Thoughts on big victory over Las Vegas Raiders

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5. Sean Desai looks like a great hire so far

There were some hopes when the Chicago Bears hired Sean Desai to be their new defensive coordinator. He’s been with the Bears since 2013, first as a Defensive Quality Control coach to Safeties coach. Now he’s running the entire defense.

After the debacle in Week 1, some people started to question the hire. perhaps he didn’t have the experience to run the defense. The secondary was a mess. It seemed like every time Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped back he completed a deep pass.

Desai kept working, however. The turnaround was quick. Against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, the Bears forced four turnovers and five sacks.

The real test would be against the Raiders. Carr had already passed for 1,399 yards and 8 touchdowns. How the defense performed on the road against an offense that ranked in the top five in both passing yards and passing touchdowns would be important.

The defense stepped up and not only did well, but it also dominated. The Raiders had just 188 passing yards and 71 rushing yards. The Bears recorded three sacks and intercepted a pass.

This performance is the defense’s signature game this season. Desai was masterful in his game plan. He moved the players around and did a great job of disguising coverages. Carr and the receivers looked confused and out of sync the entire game.

If Desai finds a way to slow Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense, then we may have something special with the young coordinator.