Major Wright Turning into a Difference Maker on Defense

By Dominique Blanton

It has been a roll-a-coaster ride for Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright in his three-year career with the team.  The Bears selected Wright with the 75th pick in the third round of the 2009 draft. It was wildly speculated that the Bears were targeting Morgan Burnett with the pick. The Green Bay Packers sensed this and jumped ahead of the Bears to select him. The Bears settle for their second choice in Wright.

Wright was having a good off-season and was working his way into the starting lineup in his first year, but an injury would set back Wright. For a majority of the 2010 season, Wright was splitting duty with starting safeties Chris Harris and Danieal Manning.

Wright the following season would take over for Manning (Free Agency departure) at the strong safety position, but had to go through a short off-season training camp. Because of that, you didn’t really see significant improvement from Wright in his second season.

Now in Wright’s third year, you are seeing a noticeable improvement in play from the former Florida Gators safety.  Wright always had the speed and athleticism to play at the safety position at the next level, but what has always hindered Wright is his lack of awareness in coverage,  and his technique when tackling against the run.

This year, Wright is putting together that pure athletic ability with sharper instincts and an understanding of angles in pursuit. Wright is starting to look like a younger player who finally gets it. He’s playing with great confidence within the defense that you didn’t see in his first two years in the league.

Many Bears fans were starting to feel that the Packers might have taken the best safety out of the two, but Wright is having the type of season that makes you think otherwise. Wright is not along for the ride in the defense’s success; he is a main reason why the Bears defense is performing at a dominant level.

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