POLL: Do you guys think the defensive line can be fixed this season?

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Do you think the DL can be fixed this season, or are we screwed until next year?

  1. Yes, it can be a solid DL.

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  2. No, we need to upgrade the talent in the off-season.

    12 vote(s)
    85.7%
  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    Or is this as good as it gets for 2013?
     
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    You cannot replace Melton, he might not have been having a great year, but guys like that are not on the street, you won't find them. Peppers is a year to old(it seems) and you're not going to find his replacement in the street(or probably in the draft), Shea is a bust and b/c of it Wootton no longer is motivated by the potential loss of his job(as shown by his lowered play). Only Paea has been playing over his play last year and that's a problem that cannot be dealt with during the season.
     
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    Right now, I would say, "Not with Tucker"
     
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    I think play can improve, but Im not sure it will.
    Many have mentioned that the 3 technique is the motor of this Defense, and unless we can overcome the shortcomings at that position it might be a stretch.
     
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    That's pretty much my conclusion too Ric. We'd better have a high-powered offense to off-set a defense that is going to give up a lot of points this year. And we can't have "Bad Jay" giving up points to opponents defenses too. If our "D" is giving up points, AND our QB is giving up points - that's tough.

    We'll know a lot more after this next game against Brees.
     
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    I'd think it can't be fixed without a personnel change on a scale comparable to what they did with the OL. Half of these guys may be gone, and we'll know more as the season progresses.

    Although it can't be fixed this season, that doesn't necessarily mean that it can't get better with some changes in who is playing and some imaginative blitz packages. Tucker needs to do some improvising until he can get better horses next season. I would work CornWash into the mix -- something like Wootton 50%, McClellin 25%, and CornWash 25%. Then grade them and adjust each man's future playing time up/down based on performance, not salary. Blitz Williams and Briggs -- worked great against Pitt. I don't have great expectations, but I am getting progressively more frustrated each week that they don't at least try more experimentation.
     
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    Blitz Williams and Briggs -- worked great against Pitt. I don't have great expectations, but I am getting progressively more frustrated each week that they don't at least try more experimentation.


    ^^^^^^ = EXACTLY! Tucker is really going to have to earn his $$$ this year. Time to get creative and courageous with the defense, Mel. Hit the chalkboard and see what you can come up with, 'cause this vanilla D ain't getting it down. Come up with some exotic looks, Mel.
     
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    From what I am seeing, he is a caretaker and not an innovator.
     
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    That is EXACTLY what concerns me, Bearsinhouston. I think we are about to find out A LOT about Tucker this season. Just about ANYBODY can "coordinate" a unit when/if it is loaded with pro bowl talent. Defensive studs will make ANY coordinator or scheme look brilliant, just as Peyton Manning automatically transforms unknown offensive coordinators into geniuses. Coaches earn their paychecks when they are forced to compensate for subpar talent. Let's see if Tucker proves capable of that.
     
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    kinda like Hot Rod and Lovie?
     

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