Chicago had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL last season. Not that Bears fans need me to tell them this. But through the first seven practices of training camp, it’s evident just how improved the secondary is from just one year ago.
Poles made it a priority this offseason, and it shows. It started in free agency with the signing of veterans Tavon Young and Dane Cruikshank and bringing back DeAndre Houston-Carson. Then, Poles targeted Gordon and Brisker with his first two selections, finding immediate, quality starters at both cornerback and safety. Not only are Gordon and Brisker expected to make significant impacts, but they should help out veterans like Jaylon Johnson and Eddie Jackson.
“Ballhawks; that’s what they are, that’s why we brought them here,” Eberflus said. “A person doesn’t change from college. If they have ball skills in college, they still have it. We enhance them by being fanatical and us practicing the way we practice and the drills we do that we’ve done forever and the new ones that we’re incorporating now. We’ll enhance that skill. But it’s got to be a want-to.”
That’s not to say the Bears are going to have the best secondary in the NFL this season. But, even at this point, it’s clear that this unit has been completely overhauled.