Thoughts and news on the defense

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    Can you think of a player who successfully transitioned from DL to OLB? Would you give him a new contract on the assumption that he can do this?
     
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    I hate this crap of pounding a square peg into a round hole. Lovie did it a number of times. Like trying to make Devin Hester a #1 wide receiver because he couldn't play his drafted position of cornerback. He was a solid return guy in college, so why not just keep him there? Under Lovie, they'd get a guy who on paper SHOULD be a great athlete because of his "measureables" and then "try to find a position he could play" no matter how crappy the player was at that position.

    Man, if a draftee can't play well at the NFL level, then he can't play. It's a draft mistake. Take your lumps, cut your losses & move on. Yes, that sucks, but it's a draft mistake. McClellen just looks like an NFL bust. There will be no miracle playing him at LB or anywhere else.
     
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    In McClellin's the draft report, it says he is best suited as OLB in a 3-4 scheme. But, they also predicted he was 5th round material.
     
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    I had to laugh when I read this. Not laughing at you at all, but the Bears crazy logic of drafting a guy rated a 5th round talent (for a 3-4 defense LB), and spending a 1st round pick - to end up getting a bust at DE. How flawed is THAT logic? o_O

    They whiffed on this guy. It's the defense version of our 1st round whiffs on Chris Williams & Gabe Carimi.
     
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    Don't think we will be moving to the 3-4 just to find McClellin a spot on the team. They need to move on because he simply is not going to be an effective DE for us.
     
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    That's my thinking on this too. They probably can't cut him at the moment because we are in such bad shape on DL, that basically, anyone with a pulse is a "warm body" to have there. The "plane is in the air" for this season, and we really can't swap out too many engines while in-flight. I just hope our season doesn't go down in flames due to the DL disaster.
     
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    Just HOW should the situation be addressed ? Tucker is not a player and can only do so much with what he has to work with. The real problem is that the Bears are in Cap Hell and can't bring in a FA good enough to be a upgrade on the "D" Line.
     
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    I'm done with Peppers and McGlellin. Play Bass and CornWash at DE. If they don't produce any better than Pep and McClellin, then I will shut up. My point: The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. By that def, Tucker is insane.

    As for getting a quality DE free agent, it is possible to free up cap money, but you have to make some moves: trades, cut players, renegotiate contracts, etc. Do whatever it takes to get a blue-chip pass rusher by draft or FA. That's my #1 off-season priority.
     
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    The Bears have one of the best, if not THE best Cap specialist in the NFL. If it is realistically possible to free up enough space to bring in a FA who would be a upgrade I believe they would have done so by now. I think that Peppers may have a injury issue that we are not aware of at this time and with all the injuries on the line there isn't anyone to force the opposition to take the pressure off him (double / triple team him). I'm not willing to put that all on Tucker just yet. As the saying goes "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" and the Bears just don't have the depth at this time. I agree that they should give Bass & CornWash a look though. Next man up. I'm sure that the draft will be "D" line heavy next spring but wanting to do everything at once right now is just not realistically possible with the constraints put on Emery by the past administration. At least the "O" is shaping up this season and I'm encouraged by that.
     
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