We are NOT going to a 3-4

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  1. Henry Burris

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    Emery: Cutler evaluation ongoing, Bears 4-3 defense is not

    October 31, 2013, 9:00 am

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    By William Randolph Hearst

    The Bears’ evaluation of quarterback Jay Cutler remains a study in progress. But whatever the troubles with the Bears defense, the strategic direction is not changing: The defense plays a 4-3 base defense and is going to stay that course.

    Besides giving continued signs that the organization views Cutler as the franchise quarterback, even as the evaluation process is ongoing, general manager Phil Emery made clear on Thursday morning during an appearance on “The Mully & Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM that the Bears will not be following the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and others in adopting a 3-4 defensive scheme.

    The Bears have only a handful of players who would make smooth transitions to a 3-4. Shea McClellin fits the physical profile of a 3-4 linebacker but the Bears have no linemen other than perhaps Julius Peppers, at age 33, who have the size to be a 3-4 lineman.

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    Emery was in Kansas City when the Chiefs converted and while some players made the transition, others like defensive end Turk McBride could not. “You don’t want to have too many of those ‘can’t make the transition’ guys,” Emery said.

    Emery did not bring it up, but changing to a 3-4, which coordinator Mel Tucker has coached elsewhere during his career, also would require coaching-staff changes as well as player personnel. The techniques for the defensive line are different in most 3-4’s, where the down-linemen play two-gap scheme, vs. the current Bears system that is a one-gap, upfield-speed style. Inside linebackers typically have a separate position coach as well.

    Emery also said that the timetables for Cutler returning from his torn groin (four weeks) and linebacker Lance Briggs from his fractured shoulder (six) were “accurate.” Both players have indicated hopes of playing sooner than those estimates but Emery was pleased at the positive mindsets of both.
     
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    Geezus Henry I hope we dont go to 3-4 since we are at 4-3.

    Can the NFL deduct games from us?
     
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    Whatever Seattle runs; I want that. I would be happy with a clone. How did they get so good so quickly? Good drafting?
     
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    fine, but it is time to scrap the Cover-2 for something less predictable and infinitely more aggressive.
     
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    Since, for the 838th time, we ARE NOT GOING TO A 3-4, can the Bears get realistic about Shea not being a DE???
     
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    Great drafting AND d-coordinators/coaches who actually preach an aggressive and unpredictable defense philosophy....geee...imagine that?!!!!!!!
     
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    how 'bout a compromise? The fans will FINALLY accept that we are not switching to a 3-4 when Emery and Co. FINALLY accept that Shea DOES NOT BELONG ON THE DL.
     
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    I agree. They are a physical and intimidating team. They sure ended Johnny Knox' career in a heartbeat. I was at that game. One of the most vicious hits you'll see. Like a bug hitting a windshield. Even their offense plays like that. They unload on you. Bigtime.

     
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    Swing and a miss.
     
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    i don't necessarily have a preference. Both can work with the right coaches and players. I just want to see an aggressive, hard hitting D that puts opponents on their heals. Either flavor can do that if done right. I do like the idea of big guys clogging up the middle because let's face it, the new O's all have pretty big guys trying to move those DL.
     
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