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Bears: HC Matt Eberflus Committed to His "Principles"

New Bears HC Matt Eberflus is committed to his principles. The HITS acronym outlines his expectations for his players and what he brings to Chicago.
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Monday marked an important day in the history of the Chicago Bears. New general manager Ryan Poles and new head coach Matt Eberflus were introduced to the media. Poles made noise by proclaiming the Bears will take over the NFC North and never give it back. However, for Eberflus, his glaring message entails sticking to his principles.

During Monday's media session, Matt Eberflus expressed the need to stick to their principles. As a head coach, the former Colts DC plans to instill a high-tempo style with the Bears. In addition, he wants his players to play with speed, quickness, high effort, and explosion. He elaborated on that style in the clip below.

In addition, Eberflus lives by the HITS principle. The "H" stands for hustle. The "I" stands for intensity. The "T" stands for taking care of the ball and taking the ball away. Finally, the "S" stands for smart, situational players.

These principles helped Eberflus' unit in Indianapolis become a top 10 defense every season he was there. In addition, he noted that these principles existed when Lovie Smith and the Tampa 2 ruled Chicago. For example, Eberflus' point system and t-shirts for ballhawks were similarly existent in Chicago when Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Charles Tillman roamed the defense.

On the surface, the acronym might sound corny. However, if applied correctly, this can turn the Bears into the Monsters of the Midway once again. Football coaches and players are creatures of habit and tendencies. In this case, these principles are only silly or crazy if they don't work.

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Author's Thoughts

Matt Eberflus turned the Colts' defense into one of the best in football. In addition, they constantly played to their identity and bought into what Eberflus was teaching. Bringing that to Chicago, there is a lot of hope that he can do the same thing for the Bears.

One thing mentioned in the press conference was that Eberflus will not call the defense and that the Bears will be switching to a 4-3 base defense. However, as perfectly put by Patrick Finley, today's NFL is played in a lot of nickel looks. Translation: the defense functions as a 4-3 look more often than not when playing with the extra defensive back.

In addition, when analyzing the defense, the Bears have the personnel to execute a 4-3. Roquan Smith in the middle, Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn at the end spots, and plenty of other athletes on the defense make the transition seem easier than expected. Also, Chicago has several high-intensity players, making Eberflus' principles perfect for this group.

Eberflus' principles worked. They showed in Indianapolis. Sure, the team as a whole could have done better, but they were without a standout quarterback most of the time. In Chicago, Justin Fields figures to become a franchise player and ideally balance having two good units on both sides of the football.

What's On Tap Next?

For Eberflus and Poles, the near future is important. With the Super Bowl two weeks away, the Bears have the combine, Senior Bowl, free agency, and the draft within the next three months.

Now, the team can build a group for 2022 that will fit Eberflus' principles and system, and hopefully a team that will take that first step in taking the North and never giving it back.