Tashaun Gipson holds Chicago Bears defense accountable

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After a 41-15 thumping at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, the Chicago Bears defense is looking to rebound heading into week 3 of the preseason. Let’s be honest: The Bears’ 26 point loss at the hands of Buffalo is a silver lining in a way. Not only was this an exhibition game but Chicago’s defense also missed tackles all afternoon.

Safety Tashaun Gipson, who enters his 10th season in the NFL isn’t necessarily concerned about the Bears’ poor showing on Saturday afternoon. But Gipson does know that the Bears’ defense needs to be better, especially since Chicago does feature talent on all three levels of the defense, something that will matter when the games really count.

“It was tough, I think that anytime you come out there, let a team just impose their will, essentially, that’s what happened,” Gipson said via the Bears official YouTube Channel. “That’s always tough, that’s not the standard we want to put ourselves through, that’s not the standard. It’s definitely tough, obviously, we put it on tape, so it’s something that we got to go back and correct.”

Gipson isn’t wrong. The Bears defense knows the whole unit can play better, especially when linebackers Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan are playing at full speed, allowing the defense to click on all cylinders.

“Obviously, it’s about getting guys healthy and being able to come out there and just play collectively,” Gipson said. “But that definitely wasn’t the standard. We had core, key guys out there and still laid an egg. So that’s unacceptable and obviously, we got to correct that.”

Gipson holding the Bears’ entire team accountable matters, especially since players have praised defensive coordinator Sean Desai all offseason for his attention to detail. For a defense that is looking to turn some heads in 2021, the Bears must use Saturday’s showing as a learning experience to go ahead and correct mistakes that a veteran defense shouldn’t be making throughout the course of preseason games.

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With the calendar officially having turned to July, we are just weeks away from the Chicago Bears reporting to Halas Hall for training camp. Chicago’s defense will have its third defensive coordinator in four seasons, with Sean Desai set to take the reigns. Desai, who’s mainly been a secondary coach his entire career, is set to have veterans Eddie Jackson and Tashaun Gipson manning the backend of the defense.

With 2021 marking the first time since 2018 that Jackson will have an opportunity to play alongside the same safety for the second consecutive season, many wonder what Gipson and Jackson will accomplish in 2021.

Last season, both safeties combined for 148 tackles and two interceptions in what many considered to be a less aggressive defensive scheme.

“It’s huge, it’s huge, I haven’t played with a safety two years in a row since Adrian Amos,” Jackson said via the Bears official YouTube page. “So to come back and have that chemistry, it’s huge, especially back there. I’m in his head, he’s in my head and the type of athlete that Gip he brings a lot of stuff we can use, me and him together.”

Desai’s scheme will allow both Gipson and Jackson to take a more aggressive approach to the game, giving each player the opportunity to fly around and make plays at will. Expect to see a variety of different defensive coverages and disguises, making life more difficult for opposing quarterbacks.

“The good thing about our teaching philosophies is that we try and make sure guys know multiple spots,” Desai said via the Bears official Youtube page. “That helps us on gameday with the depth and that’s been a philosophy of mine and our defensive staff since the beginning. Those two guys’ relationship is going to grow. For us, that’s what’s going to help us in the backend, when Gip and Bojack are back there and they’re communicating and handling all the coverage assignments, that helps because now they know how each other play.”

Under Desai, it’s fair to expect Chicago to have one of the top safety tandems in the NFL, something that will be needed, especially since Chicago moved on from cornerback Kyle Fuller this offseason, leaving a void in the secondary that will need to be filled by Jackson and Gipson.

 

Tashaun Gipson ready for Chicago Bears defensive turnaround

Entering year four of the Matt Nagy era, Sean Desai will be the Chicago Bears‘ third defensive coordinator in four seasons and tasked with getting the Bears’ defense back to the top. One advantage Desai has over first-year defensive coordinator’s is familiarity with the defense. Having been with Chicago since 2013, Desai has seen the defense built up and perform at a high level.

Chicago will be returning 10 of 11 starters in 2021, including the safety tandem of Eddie Jackson and Tashaun Gipson, giving the Bears continuity on the backend of the defense.

“I think Sean is one of the brighter young minds in the game so to have him as my defensive coordinator, I definitely understand what he can bring to the table,” Gipson said via the Bears official YouTube channel. “And with the talent he got on defense, it’s going to be a beautiful thing to see.”

While Desai will have his own defensive schemes, there will be some shades of Vic Fangio’s defense, something that will be a key factor in determining how Chicago’s defense performs in 2021, especially considering Fangio’s 2018 defense was the best in the NFL. In order for Desai to really excel, he’ll need to put his players in a position to succeed on any given play.

“A guy who’s going to let us playmakers make plays. And that’s one of the things, he’s not going to handicap nobody on defense,” Gipson said. “I think that with a guy like Sean, you see that everyone gon’ be able to make plays, from the safeties to the corners to the linebackers to the d-line and when you have a defense that’s rich in talent like the Chicago Bears defense, where you got guys capable of changing the game on every level, having a guy like Sean is huge because you have a guy who can truly put every guy in position to make a game-changing play at some point in the game.”

Gipson’s statement is accurate: Playmakers make plays. However, to make plays, playmakers need to be put in positions to succeed, something that is a staple of any great coach. Statistically, Chicago’s defense has regressed in takeaways and sacks over the last two seasons, however, with a more aggressive defensive scheme in 2021, veterans like Gipson should contribute to a defensive resurgence.