Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Chicago Bears defense may be filled with injuries but that hasn’t stopped their coaching staff from adjusting and scheming to their players. That’s why it’s not going to be a cake walk for the Miami Dolphins when they take on the Bears on Sunday and Joe Philbin knows what challenges lie ahead.
“Playing fast. I agree with you. I thought they played really fast. Their staff has done a great job adjusting to some injuries, but it certainly hasn’t impacted their performance. They are performing as well as they have all year. I think their D-line (defensive line) is really good. I think Paul (Pasqualoni) does a great job with those guys. It’s going to be a challenge for us. They’re a good defense and they’re really starting to, as you guys mentioned, really starting to come into their own and putting great pressure on the quarterback and I think they have 15 sacks. They’re good.”
Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace and the rest of the skill players will be going up against a young secondary but don’t mistake that for them not knowing how to play the game the right way. Hartline gives them a lot of credit for their success so far.
“The rookie players are playing well. I feel like their backers (linebackers), even though they are pretty dinged up, they are moving around pretty well. At times, they can give up some plays, but I think they are doing a pretty good job of keeping themselves in the game. I think they are kind of a bend but don’t break defense. They really hang their hat on their front seven. Again, they have some young guys in the back end that are playing really well for being young in this league.”
If Ryan Tannehill can play like he did in the second half against the Green Bay Packers, he should be able to find plenty of mismatches in the young secondary and hopefully, will be able to successful exploit them.