We are NOT going to a 3-4

Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by Henry Burris, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Henry Burris

    Henry Burris Head Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Messages:
    19,876
    Likes Received:
    2,486
    Ratings:
    +2,762 / 8 / -10
    ßearz ßuckz:
    867ß
    Please Register or Log in to Remove this Advertisement!
    Emery: Cutler evaluation ongoing, Bears 4-3 defense is not

    October 31, 2013, 9:00 am

    SHARE THIS POST


    [​IMG]

    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.

    [RELATED: Bears don't need to make changes on offense]

    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.
     
    #1
  2. jackiejokeman

    jackiejokeman Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Messages:
    1,818
    Likes Received:
    185
    Ratings:
    +242 / 2 / -1
    ßearz ßuckz:
    700ß
    Geezus Henry I hope we dont go to 3-4 since we are at 4-3.

    Can the NFL deduct games from us?
     
    #2
  3. strockrocks

    strockrocks Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2013
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    221
    Ratings:
    +260 / 0 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    80ß
    Whatever Seattle runs; I want that. I would be happy with a clone. How did they get so good so quickly? Good drafting?
     
    #3
    • Like Like x 1
  4. BradMustersGhost

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2013
    Messages:
    805
    Likes Received:
    321
    Ratings:
    +400 / 1 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    447ß
    fine, but it is time to scrap the Cover-2 for something less predictable and infinitely more aggressive.
     
    #4
    • Like Like x 3
  5. MPbears68

    MPbears68 Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    4,718
    Likes Received:
    1,385
    Ratings:
    +1,725 / 2 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    778ß
    Since, for the 838th time, we ARE NOT GOING TO A 3-4, can the Bears get realistic about Shea not being a DE???
     
    #5
    • Like Like x 2
  6. BradMustersGhost

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2013
    Messages:
    805
    Likes Received:
    321
    Ratings:
    +400 / 1 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    447ß
    Great drafting AND d-coordinators/coaches who actually preach an aggressive and unpredictable defense philosophy....geee...imagine that?!!!!!!!
     
    #6
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. BradMustersGhost

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2013
    Messages:
    805
    Likes Received:
    321
    Ratings:
    +400 / 1 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    447ß
    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.
     
    #7
    • Like Like x 2
  8. JustAnotherBearsFan99

    JustAnotherBearsFan99 Assistant Head Coach
    SuperFan DBS Writer

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    Messages:
    11,372
    Likes Received:
    3,354
    Ratings:
    +3,983 / 4 / -1
    ßearz ßuckz:
    3,312ß
    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.

     
    #8
  9. Jimmors

    Jimmors The Rhymenoceros
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2005
    Messages:
    30,536
    Likes Received:
    4,542
    Ratings:
    +4,980 / 9 / -6
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,461ß
    Swing and a miss.
     
    #9
  10. Bearsinhouston

    Bearsinhouston Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    8,883
    Likes Received:
    2,183
    Ratings:
    +3,209 / 12 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    3,170ß
    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.
     
    #10
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page

Copyright © DaBears.com. This site is a news, entertainment and information site covering the Chicago Bears and their fans.
DaBears.com is an independent fan site and not associated with the Chicago Bears, National Football League, or any other media site.
All content is provided by, and for, Bear fans. We invite your participation and suggestions.