Emery said to want to re-tool the D, not rebuild. Is this the smart way to do it?

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  1. dabears

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    I was hoping for a major rebuild after that fiasco we had last season but he seems to think we just need to retoolcertain positions. Don't think I agree with that approach. While his drafting has been good on the O side of the field I can't say much for his D picks. Thoughts?

    Link: http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-b...k-to-retool-not-rebuild-broken-bears-defense/

    Last season, the Chicago Bears found themselves with a new identity; a new head coach with a new philosophy, and a new regime of players looking to take the franchise to the next phase of its storied history.
    The new offensive-minded Bears ended 2013 8-8, missing the playoffs by one fourth-and-eight conversion.
    Looking back on Lovie Smith’s last three seasons in Chicago prior to being fired might make 2013 appear to some as a total disaster. But final record aside, I believe 2013 was a big step in the right direction. All things considered, the fact that this team even had a shot at the postseason once Week-17 came was an accomplishment.
    Don’t take that the wrong way. Missing the playoffs and finishing 8-8 is not in and of itself worthy of praise. The Bears had maybe the worst defense in the league last season. Statistically, they were awful, and the game tape shows a confusion that equates to an inability to make plays against just about any look.
    But, if you consider what they were able to muster as a group with the defense playing the way it did, the strides on offense after just one season are encouraging. The mistakes made on defense are also fixable this offseason via personnel changes and acquisitions, as well as a shift in coaching philosophy.
    It will surely take a masterful job from Phil Emery to retool this defense to come close to its 2012 Lovie Smith-led counterpart, but as we saw on the opposite side of the ball, and as football fans know in general, things can change quickly in the NFL.
    The Bears will look to sign personnel via free agency and of course try and secure high-impact players on cheaper, one-year deals. But the most important phase of the offseason will come on draft day, when Chicago chooses 14th overall in round one.
    With the 14th, 46th and 78th picks in rounds one through three, the Bears could potentially secure three quality defenders to step in and contribute in just a short period of time.
    The last couple of seasons, the Bears have been caught picking in the 18-22 range, which can get you a quality player in round one but might limit you from getting real solid value in the second or third. It’s not just a goal to hit on at least one defensive player in this year’s draft for Emery, it’s an absolute must for the success of his team moving forward.
    In Phil Emery’s three years as general Manager, it doesn’t yet appear that he’s been able to do it. It’s also clear that he prefers the high risk, high reward guy on the board. But this time it might benefit him to take the surer thing.
    Emery’s 2014 pick might wind up to be his most important as Chicago Bears general manager considering the decline on defense during his tenure. But at least the defense is where most of the holes on this roster are, and if nothing else, Emery can focus on that side of the ball with more emphasis.
    It’s also important to remember that this is a defensive retooling, not a straight rebuild. The Bears still have plenty of defensive talent on the roster who, when healthy, can be difference makers week to week. And adding the extra talent needed through the draft is a must.
    Take a look at the top teams around the league; they are acquiring talent through the draft and by hitting on UDFAs. The Seahawks and 49ers are prime examples of this. Yes, they’ve brought in players through free agency for glaring voids, but the bulk of their rosters have been built through the draft.
    The Bears are still developing players along the defensive front and have stockpiled young talent who could one day make a difference. Do not rule out players like Jon Bostic or Khaseem Greene to become playmakers in the coming season with the right development and under the correct leadership.
    The Bears were 8-8 with a historically bad run defense — maybe the worst we’ve ever seen. The offense compensated for the defensive mistakes and almost found a way into the playoffs. Imagine what this team could do with another year on offense and a defense that’s even middle of the pack instead of fighting for dead last.
    The injuries suffered in 2013 undoubtedly played a huge factor in their struggles against the run, but the Bears weren’t prepared for it. Getting those players back healthy on top of new draft picks, and a free agent signing or two, and the Bears could be a real NFC threat.
    But it will always sound easier on paper than it really is, and that’s where Phil Emery comes in. Win the offseason, Phil, and get this team back on track before it’s too late.
     
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    I'll read later, but how do you retool a D w/6 players still on it(assuming Peppers stays) and wanting to get younger? He can call it whatever he wants, but when you are replacing nearly 1/2 of your starter w/younger players, that's a rebuild.
     
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    Not quite sure what you disagree with. He said Emery will look to make some impact signings and stock up in the draft...like he did on offense. What else would you expect to happen?
     
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    Butkus, first part of the first sentance I said "I'll read this later..." I haven't read, but how do you "retool" when you only have 50% of your starters? That's not retooling. L

    ast year he signed 3 players, and had 2 rookies starting(1 that wasn' expected to start). Only 1 was signficant, Bushrod at LT, his primary starters, his key players were all in place on O, Cutler, Forte, Jeffery, Marshal, even key backups were in place in Bush Bennett.

    This year he needs to get the "qb of the D" mlb, he needs 3 DL(unless you think 1 of Bass/Corny are capable starters and Peppers is returning, and 2 DB's(not to mention backup guys) and there is no real depth on the D at all, the only area that doesn't need help via starter or depth is OLB.

    I'm sorry what he did last year and what he has t do this year is completely different. 24 of 52 roster guys are not(minus Cutler/Jennings/Fia/Gould) are not signed, that wasn't the case last year.
     
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    Ric, He signed Bushrod, Slausen, and drafted Long, and Mills....thats 4 new starters out of 5 on the o-line, as well as signed Britton for depth. He then signed Martellus Bennet as our starter at TE, and cut E_Rod and brought in Fiametta to start at FB...thats 7 new starters on offense when you include Jeffery(who was more of a question mark than a sure thing coming off an injury plagued rookie year). Thats pretty significant. As for the defense...I think we're forgetting a major factor with the injuries we had. So we need 3 d lineman...last year we got 4 new o-lineman. We also had a receiver come into his own in his second year...which I think will happen with Bostic on the defensive side. We could resign D.J. to a friendly deal again probably if need be. It's really all semantics...retooling...rebuilding....whats the difference really?
     
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    He didn't draft Mills to start, that was out of necessity b/c of the complete fail that is Webb. So he went into the season w/3 starters, on the OL, and then Bennett as a starting TE. That's 4 of 11. He only cut E-Rod b/c of the legal issues, and FB is hardly essential anyways.

    I'm not talking about last year's D, other then how few D players are still on the team right now.
     
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    Whether he drafted him to start or not, he drafted him, and he ended up starting. The ways in which we ended up with 7 new starters on offense are inconsequential...all that matters is that we had 7 new starters on offense. Same on defense. The ways in which we end up with new starters are inconsequential. I don't care if a guy was a undrafted free agent who ends up starting, if they end up a starter, they're a starter.

    As I said...it's all semantics...whatever you want to call it, the defense needs work...I think we can all agree on that.
     
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    but we are talking about what Emery was planning on doing, not what ended up happening. He intended for Webb to start and for Mills to be a project(scott was the swing T backup)
     
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    Possibly. There was also talk of Long playing right tackle, but the Bears were impressed with Mills in OTA's. I think they had a good idea who would win out in the competition(I don't think they ever planned on Webb starting at all one way or the other). But it really doesn't matter. Emery brought guys in to compete with guys we had. That competition bread 7 new starters. Now he needs to do the same with the defense. He did that last year in the draft and with free agent signings...but a majority ended up injured. We'll see what this year brings.
     
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    This ^^^^^

    I laughed when I read it's just a "retool" thing.
     
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