“He comes over talking to us about different things, … small, small things that may come up. But you can just see the wheels turning in his head,” Adams said. “It’s a big computer in there, so he’s reaching for things from 2012, 2015, whatever. Just talking about different looks from different teams that the D-coordinator has been on.
“So you start seeing that Aaron, you know it’s time.”
A Chicago defense that led the league in takeaways in 2018 and scored six touchdowns, while also ranking first in the league in points allowed, first against the run, and third in total yards, lost coordinator Vic Fangio to the head coaching job in Denver. Chuck Pagano has taken over, but other than that, there’s not a lot of change from a year ago.
Former Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is in the Bears’ back end now alongside former Alabama teammate Eddie Jackson, but the front seven still features Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Roquan Smith, among others. Rodgers also feels the Bears have a number of good players who aren’t big names.
“I think whether it’s Vic calling it or Coach Pagano there’s a lot of things you can do with that personnel,” Rodgers said.