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What Can the Bears Expect from Ha Ha Clinton-Dix?

After the Green Bay Packers signed Adrian Amos to a big contract, the Chicago Bears were in need of a strong safety of their own. The Bears originally wanted veteran Eric Weddle, but he agreed to sign with the Los AngelesRams before free agency even began.

After the Green Bay Packers signed Adrian Amos to a big contract, the Chicago Bears were in need of a strong safety of their own. The Bears originally wanted veteran Eric Weddle, but he agreed to sign with the Los AngelesRams before free agency even began.

While the market for safeties this offseason was fairly talented, the Bears wanted a player a bit more versatile than Amos, who was known for his strong tackling and hard-hitting ability. That player ended up being former Packers’ safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Like Eddie Jackson, Clinton-Dix played for Nick Saban at Alabama. Jackson actually played a big role in HCD coming to Chicago.

“Eddie played a big role,” Clinton-Dix said Friday during a conference call with the Chicago media. “He’s always been a fan of mine since he came to Alabama. He talked to me in this process about the culture in Chicago and I bought in. I was on for the ride, and I’m excited about it.”

Winning a championship was also on the mind of HCD when he signed with the 2018 NFC North champions.

“I was getting calls from other teams who wanted to sign me, and the money was more. You see so many guys get to the end of their careers—their successful careers—and now they’re trying to chase a ring. I have the opportunity to do that in my prime.”

In 2019, the Bears will be chasing a ring. Wow, it feels good to say that.

Here, I will breakdown HCD’s game and examine what he will bring to the Bears this fall.

Availability/Durability 

It’s hard to be a successful player in any sport if you can’t stay on the field. HCD doesn’t have that problem. He has never missed a game in his NFL career. In the 80 games he’s played in, HCD has started 74 of them.

Something that can’t be measured by numbers is availability. HCD always seems to be available for his teams. Some former members of the Bears’ secondary can’t say the same. Yes, I’m talking about Bryce Callahan.

Listen to “Ep. 4 – Conference Check Up” on Spreaker.

Ball Skills/Big Play Ability 

HCD has impressive ball skills. Far superior to Adrian Amos in fact. This is where the Bears may see an upgrade in not only interceptions but turnovers as well. In his five year NFL career, HCD has 14 career interceptions…Amos has three.

Not all of HCD’s interceptions have been balls thrown right to him, either. He’s had to make spectacular plays on multiple occasions.

Of course, interceptions are not everything. Having two safeties that can make plays on the football is big though. They can turn what seems like an easy completion into a turnover or touchdown going the other way.

Again, this is where the Bears will get an upgrade at the position.

While HCD isn’t as physical as Amos, he posses the big play ability and instincts to potentially outplay and outperform Amos on one of the most talented defenses in the NFL.

Misconceptions 

After the Bears signed HCD, many Packers fans came out of the woodwork making statements like “HCD won’t go into the box and make tackles.” “He’s afraid of contact.” The list goes on and on. After watching the film, those claims would be incorrect.

They are quite comical actually.

Especially after seeing HCD make plays like this one:

HCD has the ability to make plays in both the run and pass game. He does need to become more consistent though, which I’ll touch on in the next section.

Inconsistent Play 

Yes, HCD has big-play ability, but he also showed a lot of inconsistency last season. Especially, when it came to making open-field tackles. That’s something Amos excelled at.

The good thing is this is something that can be corrected by working on the fundamentals. There is no doubt Chuck Pagano will look to correct these issues with HCD. In six seasons in the NFL, HCD has recorded 363 solo tackles. He’s also shown the ability to make these plays in the past.

The hope is that playing on a good defense with a ton of talent around him, HCD will return to form.

Conclusion 

I don’t want to make this into an Adrian Amos article, but Bears fans need to stop blaming him for joining the Packers. Football is a business and Amos did what was best for him financially. The Bears did the same thing by letting Amos walk and by signing HCD to a cheap one-year deal.

HCD and the Bears will try to win it all in 2019.

In the meantime, the Bears will look to replace HCD in the draft and with more development from Deon Bush.

Nick is the editor-in-chief at TheLoopSports.com & owner of TheChalkTLS.com. He also is a fantasy sports junkie, DFS player, and prop play guru. For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS

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Nick is the editor-in-chief at TheLoopSports.com & owner of TheChalkTLS.com. He also is a fantasy sports junkie, DFS player, and prop play guru. He considers himself a football expert but dabbles in a bit of everything, including trying to sell his own "soul" on eBay. For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS. 

3 comments on “What Can the Bears Expect from Ha Ha Clinton-Dix?

  1. PATTERSON WAS IN MY OPINION AN EXCELLANT SIGNING – – AND I’M SURE HE’LL GIVE BACK GREAT DIVIDENDS TO THE BEARS.
    HCD TO ME IS MORE OF A FREE SAFETY – – I THINK THE BEARS NEED A HYDRID @ THE STRONG SAFETY POSITION – – WHAT ABOUT THEIR 4TH ROUND DRAFT PICK LAST YEAR FROM KENTUCKY, WHAT’S HIS CHANCES??

  2. I have a difficult time saying “well he did THIS, so hes gonna do THAT” ? Players Play and Coaches Coach, but Players Play in a coaches scheme!? THAT, coupled with a totally stacked D, might change a few things, and no one is qualified enough or can look into a crystal ball and tell me what is going to happen! RIGHT NOW, Skrine and Dix are coming into an environment they have never been in! Skrine had 100 yards in penalties, Callahan had 50 yards in penalties? Why? Because Callahan is so much better? The front 7 of either team had NOTHING to do with that? Pagano was an awesome DBcoach and the very reason he was elevated to DC of the ravens. The D was 10th the year before, it went to 3 with Pagano and went to 17th in the SB year… they had the same OC but changed mid year to Jim Caldwell and the reason why Flacco was the SB MVP.
    If you dont think Skrine and Dix are gonna do better and Amos and Callahan are not gonna do worse, then lets bet!

  3. ANYTIME YOU HAVE A CHANGE IN SCENERY IN A TEAM GAME, THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE OF DISSAPOINTMENT, SUCH AS W/AMOS & CALLAHAN LEAVING THE STARTING DEFENSE.
    TALENT WISE I’M NOT SURE HOW HCD & SHRINE COMPARE TO THE AFOREMENTIONED.
    ONE THING I LIKE W/HCD IS THAT HE’S EXPERIENCED & JOINING UP W/ A FORMER TEAMMATE FROM ALABAMA. TIME WILL TELL – – AND I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN PAGANO THAT HE’LL MAKE IT WORK.

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