This afternoon. recently promoted Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator Sean Desai held his first press conference under his new position. Aside from every other question having something to do with Vic Fangio, this press conference was a breath of fresh air for Bears fans who have watched the media session nightmares over the last six months or so. Desai, who will now enter his ninth season with the Bears, has outlasted two head coaches in Marc Trestman and John Fox. But some would argue this season will be about helping his current head coach, Matt Nagy, keep his title.
Desai spoke strongly and confidently for the most part, but there were certain talking points, such as scheme, that he didn’t divulge for obvious reasons. He did mention that the media will eventually figure those out and that he doesn’t have a problem when they do. The perfect quote to embody how this press conference went was, “This is like a tune-up, we’re gonna refine some things and make sure our players are playing to their strengths on a consistent basis.”
Luckily for Desai, he knows these players better than anybody else the Bears could have brought in for the job outside of Vic Fangio. Spending time working as Fangio’s assistant helped shape Desai into the coach he is today, and Desai made sure to show his respect to his former colleague. One thing should be clear after this press conference — it is Sean Desai’s time to leave a stamp on this defense.
As expected, a decrease in the Bears’ defensive productivity since the 2018 season was a major topic of discussion. Desai delivered when prompted, stating, “Our defense emphasizes player productivity and team defense.”
Considering Desai spent five years as a quality control coach for this Bears defense, he will have the best understanding of how to get the most from his players on a consistent basis. Desai went even further to say, “Our goal is to be the best defense in 2021.”
Those are lofty expectations, but given the personnel and past history, it’s not impossible. When asked why he decided to coach as opposed to exploring some of the other career opportunities he had, Desai said, “Coaching is a very distinguished form of teaching, my academic background has brought me more towards teaching. This is a form of teaching at the highest level.”
Desai is hungry, he’s worked along some of the greatest minds in the game, and he has a staff of fellow unproven coaches and even former players who have talent at every level of the defense. Despite regression in 2019 and 2020, some of that could be a direct result of the scheme. With Desai now at the helm, we will find out very quickly whether or not that was the case. It’s important to keep in mind that the Bears put their coaches through mock press conferences, and Desai went 1-0 today as this was easily the most positive and hopeful presser in a very long time.