Robert S. dives into the film vault to evaluate both new Bears and old Trey Burton Color Rush Jersey , analyzing the play tendencies of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian Amos." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteWindy City GridironWindy City Gridiron - Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansFiled under:Xs and OsVideoRoster AnalysisFilm Study: Comparing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian AmosNew,64commentsRobert S. dives into the film vault to evaluate both new Bears and old, analyzing the play tendencies of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian Amos.CDTShareTweetShareShareFilm Study: Comparing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian AmosClinton-Dix tracks Barkley out of the backfieldGeoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have a historic rivalry. Their fanbases don’t like each other, so when the teams swapped safeties in free agency no one was surprised to see each side proclaim their new safety to be the better safety of the two. But which safety is better? And how do they fit into their defenses? I’ll attempt to answer these questions and more in this two-part film study!We’ll discuss Clinton-Dix and Amos as players in this article, part 1, before assessing how they fit into their new defenses in part 2. As usual, if the videos don’t show up on your platform simply look for the italicized portion of the paragraph, it’ll be a link to the video I’m referencing. Without any further ado, let’s get into it!Ha Ha Clinton-DixWatching HCD play the pass is, simply put, a lot of fun. He exhibits all the traits you’d expect of a true free safety, namely range and anticipation on deep throws like those shown here. When the ball is in the air, Ha Ha’s at his best.Pay close attention to Clinton-Dix’s hips at the release point of each throw and you’ll see what makes him so effective — Ha Ha’s big plays come from his ability to get his hips turned towards the intended receiver before the QB’s even finished throwing the ball. This is what “instinct” looks like, and it’s quintessential to making plays as a free safety. Ha Ha’s instincts make him dangerous.But the ball isn’t always in the air, and that’s bad news for Clinton-Dix. Whether he’s missing tackles outright, giving up extra yardage, or getting blocked into oblivion, Ha Ha rarely contributes positively against the run/short pass game. The play where Jason Witten blocks him from stopping a touchdown bothers me the most — Ha Ha doesn’t seem to make much of an effort to escape Witten’s grasp, and the Packers give up a touchdown because of it.HCD also tends to struggle when taking angles towards runners, often overrunning them altogether. While obviously not a good trait, this does help explain why HCD so rarely plays downhill — there’s no sense attacking an RB/WR downfield if you’re not confident you can finish the tackle. Regardless, his angles and tackling cost his defenses yards.All of this said, it should be noted that Ha Ha can still fill holes against the run (play 1) and actually plays quite well when moving laterally. He seems comfortable shuffling sideways, even taking on blocks well while doing so. He misses many less tackles from his shuffle too. This gives me the impression that Clinton-Dix’s tackling problems come primarily from situations where he has to attack downfield and that he becomes a much more consistent tackler when allowed to let the runner come to him.The Verdict: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix displays traits of a classic free safety Cody Parkey Jersey , doing his best work with the ball in the air. He has experience playing single-high, two-deep and NCB, making him a versatile tool for Pagano to use. Tackling/downhill play is a legitimate concern, but his instinct in coverage and turnover generation skills go a long way towards making up for his poor tackling.Now let’s move on to...Adrian AmosLet’s start with what he’s best known for — reliable positioning and great form tackling. Amos plays fearless, active football and consistently meets runners as they breach the line. I love this last play because it highlights’ Amos tenacity when rallying to runners.Amos also has a reputation among Bears fans as being a lackluster cover safety, and that’s simply not fair. Amos does a great job covering anything in front of him, tracking short throws well and demolishing WRs at the catch point. He’s also sound in man-to-man coverage (play 3).Amos’s coverage struggles come in situations that ask for instinct rather than speed, namely deeper throws. The helmet-to-helmet hit on Ertz, for example, could’ve been avoided if he’d reached the sidelines quickly enough to play the ball. Instead, what should’ve been a 3rd down stop becomes a 1st down due to penalty.Instinct (or lack thereof) is a funny trait, and it’s one that’s certainly more visible on film than it is on a stat sheet. Amos’s tape is littered with plays like these that could’ve been INTs, but weren’t. His inability to generate takeaways is no-doubt his biggest “flaw”.It’s worth pointing out that this deep coverage issue is pretty much the only major flaw I see in Amos’s game, and I mean that as a compliment. Amos is positionally sound, covers well, attacks downfield, and can tackle both in a pile and the open field. He’s a very, very good player, and a great pick out of the 5th round.The Verdict: Adrian Amos has all the tools that make up a great box safety. He’s actually faster than Jackson/Clinton-Dix when it comes to sheer footspeed, but his utter lack of anticipation tends to make him look slower. He struggles with the nuances of deep coverage, often leaving him vulnerable to deeper sideline throws as well as lobs over the middle. But if you can protect him in coverage, he’ll offer all of the run/short pass support you could ask for from a safety.As for who’s better? From a pure player perspective, I think it’s Amos. Jackson proved that a great free safety can cover his weaknesses, but you can’t cover for bad tackling. Every player on the defensive side of the ball is expected to tackle eventually https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Khalil-Mack-Jersey , so I have little doubt that Clinton-Dix’s weakness will hurt the Bears regardless of the talent placed around him. Whether he’ll outright miss tackles or simply give up enough yardage to allow first downs is something I can’t predict because we don’t know his role in the defense yet.That’s the problem with evaluating “Ha Ha versus Amos” right now — we don’t know their defensive roles. Amos’s effectiveness will totally depend on whether he’s asked to play in the box versus playing deep coverage, and Ha Ha should spend as little time in the box as possible. We’ll cover what each defense generally looks like as well as a strategy I think the Bears may employ to help Ha Ha in part 2. All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.The Chicago Bears spotted the New York Giants an early touchdown via an Alec Ogletree interception, and that was the first of many big plays form the Giants in their 30 to 27 overtime win. The Bears had their fair share of big plays too, but they came up one short and lost their fourth game on the season. Chicago was perfect on fourth down tries, going 4 of 4, but they failed on their fifth attempt, and the game ended as Chase Daniel’s pass couldn’t connect with Taylor Gabriel. The Giants were perfect of both of their fourth down attempts, and they had the edge on third downs too, going 6 of 17 (35%) to Chicago’s 2 for 15 (13%). The Bears had the edge in total yards (376 to 338), they had a slight edge in time of possession (33:58 to 33:13), and they even had less in penalties (8 for 58 yards to 12 for 107). But for the first time this year they lost the turnover battle. Chicago fumbled 6 times (losing just 1), and threw two interceptions to New York’s one.Let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some of the individual stats.OFFENSEFour of the Bears’ fumbles were attributed to quarterback Chase Daniel. The snaps from center Cody Whitehair weren’t all on the money, but Daniel had a tough time holding on to the ball. He went 26 of 39 for 285 yards, with 1 TD and 2 interceptions, for a 75.3 passer rating, He had 4 runs for 4 yards, but he was sacked 5 times.The offensive star of the game was running back Tarik Cohen who had 30 yards on 8 runs, and 12 catches for 156 yards (on 14 targets). He was also 1 for 1 passing with a 1 yard TD pass (to Anthony Miller for his only reception), and 2 punt returns for 15 yards. Jordan Howard led the Bears on the ground with 76 yards on 16 carries. He also had a 4 yard reception. Taquan Mizzell had 3 runs for 7 yards, 2 catches for 16 yards, and 2 kick returns for 24 yards. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks had a 1 yard TD plunge. Allen Robinson II caught 5 of the 9 balls thrown his way for 79 yards. Taylor Gabriel was targeted 7 times, making 3 receptions https://www.thebearsfanshop.com , for 17 yards. Josh Bellamy had a catch for 8 yards. Adam Shaheen was the only tight end to record a catch, grabbing 2 for 5 yards and a TD. The Giant D had 10 tackles for loss and 7 passes defended. DEFENSEKeep in mind the Bears played a few of their defensive players on offense, so snap counts for those players will be listed with the O.Hicks had one of the Bears three sacks, while recording 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QBH, and 1 PD. The other sacks went to Leonard Floyd and Khalil Mack. Floyd also had 3 tackles, a TFL and a QBH, and Mack had 5 tackles, a TFL, 2 QBH, and a PD.Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith led the Bears with 10 tackles each. One of Trevathan’s was a TFL. Kyle Fuller had the Bears only interception. He added 2 tackles and 3 PD. Prince Amukamara had 5 tackles and a PD, while Bryce Callahan had a tackle, a TFL, and a QBH. Kevin Toliver II had 2 tackles. Eddie Jackson had 6 tackles and a PD, and Adrian Amos had 4 tackles and a TFL. Bilal Nichols had 6 tackles and a TFL, Eddie Goldman had 5 tackles. and Jonathan Bullard had 2. Aaron Lynch had 3 tackles, The Giants rushed for 141 yards and a 4.9 average against the Bears’ D, but they held Eli Manning to a 65.2 passer rating. They did fall asleep on Odell Beckham Jr.’s 49 yard TD pass. SPECIAL TEAMSThe players listed above only appeared in the third phase.Patrick O’Donnell punted 6 times and had a 50.5 average. Cody Parkey was 3 for 3 on extra points and 2 for 2 on field goals. As a unit, the Bears had 6 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles on special teams. To check out all the team and individual stats from the game, I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site. Just click the links above to see the full statistical picture.