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Chuck Pagano says Bears defense will 'right the ship' during bye week

Chuck Pagano says Bears defense will 'right the ship' during bye week

The much-publicized Bears' defense has been the driving force behind the team's 3-2 record to start the season, but the NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. And with the Raiders physically outplaying Khalil Mack and his defensive running mates in their last game before the bye, naturally, some of the negative attention has shifted to that side of the ball.

Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is embracing the criticism.

“We’re a good defense,” Pagano said on the Bears Coaches Show on WBBM Newsradio Monday night. “We’ve got really good players, but you’ve got to be consistent. You’ve got to do it week-in and week-out. You’ve got to show up and play week-in and week-out. Take some time to get away from it. Rest. Heal up. We’ve all got to take a good look at ourselves and make sure we look at this tape good and hard.”

One week after stuffing Dalvin Cook and the Vikings rushing attack in Week 4, the Bears allowed rookie Josh Jacobs to run for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a shocking 24-21 loss in London. Chicago's usually dominant defense was, well, dominated.

“We’re not going to make any excuses,” Pagano said. “I know coach (Matt Nagy) isn’t going to make any excuses. It’s the National Football League. I think we all understand what we signed up for. We had a golden opportunity. We let one get away.”

It won't get any easier for the Bears after their bye week. The Saints are up next in Week 7, followed by the Chargers, Eagles, Lions and Rams. Chicago has the most challenging schedule in the NFL over the final 11 games.

The Bears have a chance to get healthy and re-evaluate what's worked well during the week off, and Pagano is confident his group will respond in a big way.

“They’re a gritty bunch. They’re a resilient bunch. They’ll come back. We’ll be back, and we’ll play great football again. They’re determined. They’ll right this ship.”

Chicago native Rob Ninkovich details his snowball fights with Bill Belichick

Chicago native Rob Ninkovich details his snowball fights with Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick apparently loves a good snowball fight? 

The surprisingly-human fact about the NFL's most robotic head coach comes courtesy of Rob Ninkovich, who played in New England for eight seasons, winning two Super Bowls. On the latest episode of NBC Sports' Sports Uncovered podcast, Ninkovich lays out the time he found himself taking cover from Bill's lobs:

So I’m walking out after the game, walking to my truck. All of a sudden, a snowball comes flying in, and I’m like, ‘Who the heck is throwing snowballs?’ and it was Bill throwing snowballs at guys. It was just kind of like a fun moment where you were like, ‘He’s not so bad ... he’s not so bad’    

(So this was clearly after a win, right?) 

Ninkovich, along with others like Doug Flutie, Rodney Harrison, and Charlie Weiss, helped peel back the layers and provide a look into Bill Belichick that most people don't get to see. You can listen to the entire conversation right here, or in the embedded player below: 

Under Center Podcast: Bears haven't talked extension with Allen Robinson

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Under Center Podcast: Bears haven't talked extension with Allen Robinson

JJ Stankevitz, Laurence Holmes and Cam Ellis discuss the Bears not talking to Allen Robinson about an extension and what that could mean for him and the team. Later, the crew discusses other deals that were made around the league, the stacked free agent running back class that Tarik Cohen finds himself in, and Laurence tells the story of finding a peacock and a chicken in his backyard.

(1:55) - Will 2020 be A-Rob's last in Chicago?

(7:10) - With no preseason, which QB (Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky) will win the starting job?

(13:00) - Will the NFL even have a season this year?

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(20:00) - The 2021 running back free agent class isn't good for Tarik Cohen

(30:00) - Laurence's encounter with a peacock and chicken

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