Adjustments to scheme helping Bostic

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    Thanks in part to some adjustments the Bears have made to their defensive scheme, linebacker Jon Bostic feels much more comfortable entering his second NFL season.

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    Adjustments to scheme helping Bostic

    Posted 2 hours ago
    By Larry Mayer
    Thanks in part to some adjustments the Bears have made to their defensive scheme, linebacker Jon Bostic feels much more comfortable entering his second NFL season.


    Looking to take advantage of Jonathan Bostic[​IMG]’s natural instincts, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has changed some of the second-year linebacker’s responsibilities in the system.

    “We’re slowing his progressions down a little bit in terms of his run fits,” Tucker said. “We’re asking him to stay square a little bit longer and just mirror the ball, fill when needed and then fall back when needed. So I think that’s allowed him to be more of a natural linebacker off the ball.”

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    Jonathan Bostic was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Florida.
    Thanks to those tweaks, Bostic feels much more comfortable than he did last season as a rookie. The second-round pick from Florida took over as the Bears’ starting middle linebacker in mid-October last year after veteran D.J. Williams[​IMG] was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

    “Some adjustments were made for me and it’s a lot more natural for me now,” Bostic said. “A lot of the stuff we were doing last year was a little unorthodox to me. I hadn’t really done it before. So I had to think a lot. But this year I can react more and play how I’ve always been taught.”

    The difference in the young linebacker was obvious to Tucker during offseason practices.

    “I think Bostic is a lot more comfortable in what we’re asking him to do,” said the Bears defensive coordinator. “He’s a lot more consistent. He plays fast. He looks like he’s having fun. I don’t see a lot of frustration with him in terms of what he’s been asked to do and why. He’s getting lined up quickly. He’s making his calls and he’s playing fast.

    “Those are the things that really come with experience in the scheme and that type of thing. I think he likes the group that he’s in. It’s a good room. We have a really nice mix of veteran players and young players. We have good coaching. I think it’s a good environment for him to become the best he can be in there.”

    During minicamp and OTA practices, Bostic lined up primarily at middle linebacker with the base defense while also working at the weakside and strongside positions in sub-packages.

    “I feel more comfortable at ‘Mike’ because I played it last year,” Bostic said. “It’s a lot more comfortable for me. Even though I may know what to do at ‘Sam’ or ‘Will,’ I still have to think a little bit. It’s more of a thinking process because I’ve got to remember what they do, remember the little details that that position does. There are a lot of details that go in with our defense.”

    Bostic also played middle linebacker during his last three seasons at Florida. He started all 13 games as a senior in 2012, recording 68 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and two interceptions.

    As he prepares for the 2014 season, Bostic is eager to help a revamped Bears defense rebound from what was an uncharacteristically poor 2013 campaign.

    “There were a lot of things we put on film last year we didn’t like,” Bostic said. “Being able to get back and work, we want to change those things. We’ve got to get back to playing the way we know this defense can play.”​
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    Sounds to me like they're taking a much smarter approach this year. Trestman always talks about putting his players into the best possible position to succeed and this sounds to me like an extension of that. Having players do what they do well is pretty much a matter of common sense while asking them to be a square peg in a round hole, ala McClellin at DE, lacks common sense.

    Where under Lovie, except for the DL rotation, we pretty much stuck with the same guys doing multiple jobs here it looks like we'll be using more sub packages that feature players doing what they can do best. Maybe we'll see more defensive looks than we have in the past and more players, including LBs and DBs becoming part of a rotation. They're already planning that with Fuller and Jennings at CB and NB.

    Good to hear they're getting Bostic and McClellin up to speed because until now those two have been wasted playing them they way we were and the defense struggled because of it. We can't afford to not have our top defensive draft picks contributing at a high level. Bostic and McClellin both need to be difference makers this year.
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    Interesting hearing the comments from Bostic about his discomfort last year. He has shown very good instincts and athleticism, and I think maybe the scheme difference combined with being thrown in the deep end early in the year just had him thinking too much. It's good that he is standing out in a positive way in the OTAs, and there have been a lot of positive comments about his progress. It doesn't bother me too much that it's in shorts, as he has already shown he has the physical nature to play MLB for us. I hope Shea Mc can pick it up quickly as well, as that would give us a lot of athleticism at the LB spots.
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    The idea of a LB or DB rotation is a pretty interesting/foreign concept to me. Does anyone know of a team or teams that are doing this already? Or would this be kind of a trend setting thing?
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    Not for sure or who but I'm sure other teams use some sub packages with their LBs and DBs. That's actually what nickel and dime packages do. Sub NBs and coverage LBs and maybe a Rushbacker type blitzer. The defense always subs last so if we have the players to do it with I figure why not use them.
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    Sure be a nice sigh of relief to see both McC and Bostic succeed. Remove that potential bust tag and have some starting LB's for years to come.
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