3. Vic Fangio is a terrific defensive coordinator, but he doesn’t appear to have much to work with in terms of talent right now. Where are the weak spots on the Bears defense and do you think the Jaguars can exploit them?
"The Bears are a veritable MASH unit, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Last week, they were down a couple of outside linebackers, which really hurt their pass rush. Fangio likes to rotate his pass rushers to keep them fresh, but with Lamarr Houston on IR, Pernell McPhee still on the PUP list and Leonard Floyd nursing a sore calf. This could afford Blake Bortles a little more time in the pocket when they square off on Sunday. But perhaps the biggest loss to the Bears defense is nose tackle Eddie Goldman. Goldman has been nursing a high ankle sprain and will likely miss Sunday. Goldman’s absence creates a big hole in the middle of the Bears defensive line. Inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman have been making a lot of tackles, but I think Fangio would prefer to have Goldman in there to minimize the gains by opposing runners."
With an already underwhelming secondary across the field from him, it sounds like Blake Bortles doesn’t really have an excuse to not excel this weekend. The Bears are going to be missing their best defensive linemen so the pass rush shouldn’t be too much of an issue, even with the occasional blitz. With extra time in the pocket, I expect the Jaguars to try and integrate more deep passes into the offense and get Allen Robinson going early. They should focus on boundary passes more, as opposed to the middle where the Bears deploy some very good linebackers.
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