As shown here, the Bears have their base nickel defense on the field (five defensive backs) versus the Vikings Posse personnel (three wide receivers, one tight end, one running back). The Bears will look to rush five and drop six in their "Nickel Fox" scheme to attack the Vikings 2212 concept (2=slant, 1=flat).
Breaking down Bears zone blitz
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The idea with any zone blitz concept is to disguise and create confusion in the protection count. The Bears will show a base four-man front with a Cover-1 (man-free) look in the secondary. At the snap, Shea McClellin (LE) will drop into coverage, and the Bears will target the open side of the formation by adding both Isaiah Frey (N) and James Anderson (M) to the rush. With Julius Peppers on the long scoop technique (work across two gaps), Anderson will hit the open side B gap and Frey will blitz off the edge to attack the running back in protection.
3-deep, 3-under coverage
There is no guarantee the five-man pressure will get home, so the Bears have to be solid in their coverage responsibilities. Both cornerbacks, Charles Tillman (RC) and Tim Jennings (LC) will match to No. 1 (X and Z) with Major Wright (SS) rolling to the deep middle of the field. Underneath, McClellin and Chris Conte (FS) are playing a "Bronco" technique and will match to No. 2 (Y and H) with Lance Briggs (W) dropping to the middle hook.
Stopping 2212 concept
With both Tillman and Jennings aligned in an off position, the Bears cornerbacks will play with a flat-foot read (no backpedal, read through the three-step quarterback drop) and drive to the upfield shoulder of Greg Jennings (X) and Jerome Simpson (Z) on the slant routes. Inside the numbers, Conte will drive downhill versus Jarius Wright (H) on the slant route with McClellin matching to Kyle Rudolph (Y) on the tight end's release to the flat. That leaves Briggs to take his drop and read the quarterback in the middle of the field.
Stealing one from Ponder
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was careless with the football in the Week 1 loss to the Lions and threw three interceptions. If the Bears can get pressure with this blitz — and force Ponder to target Wright as his immediate hot read — Briggs has an opportunity to step directly into the throwing lane against the inside slant route.
Winning vs. Adrian Peterson
If the Bears want to attack Ponder with pressure schemes in passing situations, then they have to limit the NFL's top running back on first and second down. Peterson ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run on the Vikings' first play of the game last week and he can create major issues for this defense if he gets to the second level. The Bears have to play with gap responsibility up front and tackle in the secondary if they want to go after the Vikings quarterback on third down.
Special contributor Matt Bowen spent seven seasons in the NFL as a strong safety. He covers the NFL for Bleacher Report.