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2016 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs
The Bears finished 22nd in rushing yards allowed (1934) with only nine rushing TDs allowed. Ball carriers gained 4.5 yards per rush, but they only managed five runs or 20 yards or more.
Game score was probably a factor in Chicago ranking highly in passing yards allowed (3593 - 4th). They did allow 31 passing TDs with only eight Ints. The defensive line delivered 345 sacks.
DE Akiem Hicks was a league average starting player in 2015. He finished three sacks and decline in his tackles (23). NT Eddie Goldman held his own in all areas in his first year in the NFL after being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. His best value will come in the run game. DE Will Sutton will compete for a starting job after being a negative asset in all areas in 2015. I would imagine rookie DT Jonathan Bullard will offer more upside to this line as a rotational player.
LB Pernell McPhee should be one of Chicago's better defenders on the first and second level of the defense with strength rushing the QB and defending the run. McPhee finished with six sacks. He's battling a knee issue in the early OTAs. LB Danny Trevathan played well in the Broncos system in 2015 leading to strength in run support and pass coverage. The star of this defense last year was LB Jerrell Freeman, who was one of the best linebackers in the league in 2015. LB Lamarr Houston had eight sacks while adding value in run support.
CB Kyle Fuller showed growth in 2015 after losing his confidence in 2014. He finished as league average player in coverage with risk defending the run. CB Tracy Porter struggled in pass coverage in 2015 pointing to him earning a downgrade in playing time this year. The most help at the second cornerback slot will most likely come from this year's draft class. S Adrian Amos played well against the run with risk at times in pass coverage in his rookie season. Rookie S Deon Bush looks to be the player with the best chance of winning the other starting job in the secondary as long as he can handle his responsibilities in pass coverage. Bush adds the more value defending the run.
The Bears coaching staff did a nice job with this defense in 2015 as they somewhat outplayed their talent. They tried to add aggressive players with a slant toward attacking the QB and defending the run in this season's draft. This secondary will have risk in pass coverage if their weak defensive line doesn't pressure the QB. As Fantasy option, I would look elsewhere as Chicago really lacks impact playmakers on their defense.
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