NFC North secondaries ranked from worst to best in 2023

Quarterbacks could have a tough time against some much-improved secondaries in the NFC North this season.
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3. Chicago Bears

Projected starters: Jaylon Johnson, Tyrique Stevenson, Kyler Gordon, Eddie Jackson, Jaquan Brisker

The Bears have a young secondary with plenty of potential.

Rookie Tyrique Stevenson could start immediately, and the Bears also have two second-year starters in Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker.

Chicago placed emphasis on the defensive line and linebacker positions this offseason but didn't do much to help the secondary outside of drafting Stevenson. They will rely on their young players to improve this season.

Two-time Pro Bowler Eddie Jackson leads the way in the secondary, but he is returning from a season-ending injury. He was back to his best last year before the injury, making six pass defenses and four interceptions in 12 games.

The Bears' pass defense was a mess last season. They recorded the fewest sacks in the league, gave up a league-high eight yards per pass attempt, and quarterbacks earned a passer rating of 94.4 against them.

They didn't make many moves in the secondary this offseason, but there are reasons to be optimistic.

Jackson is coming off a bounce-back season, while Jaylon Johnson is a solid starting cornerback. If Gordon and Brisker make a second-year jump and Stevenson can contribute in his rookie season, Chicago's secondary should make improvements.