With the way that this Chicago Bears team started off the year defensively, it was like everything was going to go according to plan, nope.
Yeah they are still creating turnovers and getting the ball either in the end zone or in the hands of Jay Cutler, but now they’re down two defensive tackles in the last three weeks. During the Pittsburgh Steelers game, pro-bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton went down to a season ending ACL injury.
Now against the New Orleans Saints, defensive tackle Nate Collins went through the exact same thing. So with both of these defensive tackles out, defensive end Corey Wootton is making a position change from outside and will move inside.
With this position change, it should give second year pro Shea McClellin the start on the opposite side of the line of Julius Peppers with Cornelius Washington behind him. Wootton has done an amazing job putting pressure on the quarterback this season, so imagine how he’ll do on the inside of the line.
Those throws over the middle could possibly become tipped balls since he’s 6’6 compared to 6’1 Nate Collins and Stephen Paea.
This move should improve their pressure on the quarterback and continue to stop the run game.