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Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by BearJim, Feb 18, 2014.
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Good point Ric. I wish FA started tomorrow!
That's a good point.
And who knows what Emery and Trestman are actually thinking and planning. Maybe they see the best route to quickly getting the D "good enough" to get us back to the playoffs - as going the 4-3 route. One thing though. A lot of us seem to think that just being healthier this season will automatically translate into a solid D again. That's not a "given" yet. You'd like to think that's the case, but you never know for sure.
Well this is also the crew that said that High Character players matter and have shown time and again that isn't necessarily true and also said that Carimi would be welcomed back w/opened arms and promptly cut him shortly after. So this could all be smoke also.
That is so true. In the end, you just have to watch what they do, and not pay too much attention to what they say. I don't mean that in a judgmental or negative sense. It's just the way it is in the NFL.
All good points 99. All I do know is no matter what scheme we run we have to get more talented on the DL. Peppers play took a major drop this year & well probably get cut. Melton had a serious injury so who knows if he can return to form or what he will command money wise. Wooten, while a decent player, will never be a regular at the Pro Bowl IMHO & Paea is nothing special.
Let's also remember that we are in "predraft distraction" mode as an organization. We will call in players that we have no intention of drafting. We will make statements that won't come true. We will talk about schemes.......
I still say that we will target players who can play in either, a la McClellin. Though let's hope we don't take two years to move them to their final destination.
Combine starts tomorrow, right?
I am not sure what the final analysis of the article should be as well. Having a 43 base is ok. It does not rule out a 34 look eiNTther 20% of the time. McClellan I do not believe fits a 43 scheme. Having a bunch of rookies on the field to change schemes is very high risk and a good way for the braintrust to get fired. So not surprised they do not want to change the base. Still expect them to draft towards a Hybrid Defense. Next year we will see more of a dramatic change if a change is coming.
We need to get more players to change the base so if drafting hybrid type players will probably be more telling. Even with a 43 base you can have 2 gap vs 1 gap players/responsibities and use a LEO. This is still what I expect the changes to be. Thus we will have a big fatty in the middle ( 2 gap). Players like Hageman can play a 2 gap NT or a 3 or 5 technique.
More concerning is with a 43 is if Peppers is cut and Wootton is said to be ready to test free agency that leaves 0 starters on the team. Unless you want Peae as your starter. A big fatty can be had in later rounds but 2 DE's and a good DT in first 3 rounds will be tough. Still need some safeties, center, te and center. With 34 we eliminated some of the linemen which is why I thought it was viable and enable us to fill some of the other positions. Guess we will see how it works out but I do not want to wait another year and be here again. They need to get it right or the McCaskeys need to clean house cuz we will be going in circles. Hate to lose Trestman but gotta coach the team not just offense and sounds like he is behind all this
I can't help but think we'll take a step forward THIS year, but realistically it may be 2015 before the defense is where it ultimately should be. That's why I'm hoping they got it right with Mel Tucker. I'm not dissing the guy, but I don't want to find out after this year we whiffed on Mel. Emery and Trestman seem like football savvy guys, so I'm trusting that their guy is the right guy for us to fix the defense. But if not, I'm gonna be sick inside that we lost another year due to the coach not having the gears to build a solid defense.