Bears show a few new twists on defensive line

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    Having Melton stand up in pass-rushing situations among the wrinkles Tucker adding to Smith's scheme

    By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter

    7:48 p.m. CDT, August 6, 2013

    BOURBONNAIS — Mel Tucker is keeping Lovie Smith's defense intact to the point that he learned the language of the system after his hiring in January instead of installing a new one for the Bears staff and players to follow.

    But there will be wrinkles, shifts and slight changes as the unit is molded to fit Tucker's personality as a coach and play caller and his feel for the personnel. The first place to look is up front, where he's doing some similar things in sliding ends inside in the nickel package and where tackle Henry Melton played standing up in some pass-rushing situations Tuesday.

    "Defensively, our front has been moving around," coach Marc Trestman said. "You saw today a lot of different looks, which is excellent for the offense because those are the types of things we are going to see throughout the season."

    Tucker might deliver different looks for opponents too, as he inevitably has a few twists ahead. By having Melton stand up, the Bears can confuse the offense's protection count because it will not know if he is rushing or dropping into coverage. It could set up some zone pressure schemes, and Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin are all athletic enough to accomplish the same feat.

    "We're just testing it out right now," said Melton, who has 13 sacks over the last two seasons. "We're going to see how it works for us, and we'll see if we're going to run it."

    Good problem to have: Quarterback Jay Cutler understands it will be a balancing act to get everyone involved in the offense now that the skill positions have been enhanced with tight end Martellus Bennett. How will he go about it?

    "Very delicately," Cutler said. "Those guys are good. They understand why we run certain plays and they're not going to get the ball at certain times, but they've got to help out their buddy to get him open. We've done a really good job of spreading it around and making sure that Marty gets balls, (Brandon Marshall) gets the ball, Alshon (Jeffery), Matt Forte, and we've tried to give certain guys days off so we can spread it around and keep everyone happy.

    "I'll take that position every day of the week. I can handle that."

    One guy Cutler didn't mention — and he wasn't on the practice field Tuesday — was wide receiver Earl Bennett. The team said he still is being evaluated for a possible concussion, three days after he left at the beginning of Saturday's practice at Soldier Field with a team doctor and four days after he suffered a big hit near the goal line.

    Health beat: Nickel back Kelvin Hayden (left hamstring) and middle linebacker D.J. Williams (right calf) remain sidelined and are not expected on the field this week. Forte was given the day off, and Peppers was excused for personal reasons.

    Extra points: Defensive end Kyle Moore made a nice play to stuff running back Michael Ford in the backfield with the second team. … Right tackle J'Marcus Webb was guilty of some serious holding against Wootton on one snap. … Wide receiver Eric Weems will have to excel on special teams to crack the roster. He had a drop in 7-on-7. … In a day won by the defense, Cutler did connect with Joe Anderson on a bomb.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...7-bits-bears-chicago-20130807,0,7096123.story
     
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    I have reservations about Melton's coverage skills. Dropping Shea back makes sense of course. I wonder if this hybrid is the transition to the 3-4 and the eventual departure of Melton.
     
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    I don't think it's to set up the departure of Melton, but to see if he can play multiple posistion to see if they can keep him around.
     
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    So if he performs as one of the top 3tech DT's out there he wouldn't be "kept around?" Never played in coverage before seemingly and now learn a new type position as he's just now starting to reach his potential at 3tech. Yeah, I don't know about all that. Use him once in a while as a gimmick ok but rely on him in coverage as a regular strategy? Not so much.
     
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    SFB, if the team is moving to a 3-4/hybrid then there is no reason to keep a top 4-3 guy is there; let alone pay them the kind of money that Melton will demand. UNLESS that guy can be used as a 4-3 DT AND can be used elsewhere when in 3-4.

    This is a long term thought process the team is looking at. They might well WANT to keep Melton, but if he doesn't fit their future system then they cannot pay him.
     
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    You hit the nail on the head Ric. I think there's a good chance they are starting to size up who is going to be a fit in that 3-4, which could come us soon as next year.
     
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    Yep, not to say they won't ever line up in a 4-3, but it won't necessarily be the base, and if you only fit into 1 they are not going to pay you the top dollar that a one of the best at that one position demands.
     
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    Hooray, more bullshit 3-4 speculation.
     
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    Which leads back to the original point of if they are going to a 3-4 or not.
     
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    Yes its obvious 3-4 horseshit, seeing as no one said 3-4, but 3-4 hybrid which the DC is very familiar with, which DJ Williams is familiar with, which Shea is suited for, and why else are they moving Melton around again? One of the best straight 4-3 DT's and you want him off the line? hell the ONLY missing piece for this D to go full on 3-4/hybrid is the NT but w/the limited amount of draft picks no surprise they didn't draft one this past draft.
     

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