The Chicago Bears Defense: Closer To The 3-4 Than You Think

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The Chicago Bears hold a record of 4-3 headed into the bye week and, despite a winning record, some changes (namely to the defense) need to happen for them to become legitimate playoff contenders.  Boomer posted an article  last week on fixes for the defense that got me thinking about a potential scheme change.  Yes, the Tampa-2 and the traditional 3-4 are vastly different systems that ask largely different things of their players, but the Indianapolis Colts made that switch last year and still have a fair number of players from the old Tampa-2 team on their current roster.  The Bears are also not built exactly like a “traditional” Tampa-2 team.  Julius Peppers, at 6’7″ 287 lbs., is a far cry from traditional Tampa-2 defensive ends such as Simeon Rice or Adewale Ogunleye.  He fit into the Tampa-2 because of his freakish athleticism, but with his size he is a very scheme-versatile player who could find a fit on nearly any team.  There are also various forms of the 3-4, not all of which require traditional 3-4 personnel.  I’m not by any means suggesting that the Bears completely abandon their current defensive strategy mid-season, only that they should work some 3-4 sets into their current scheme to both give opposing offenses something extra to think about and see how much of the current roster would fit if they were to make a permanent change in the near future.  To that end, I’ve broken down the Bears’ roster position by position, complete with current and/or past NFL comparisons, to see if I could field a starting 3-4 defense.

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  • john graham

    I like this and it really seems do able the way you lay it out.The current roster doesn’t have the personnel to run the Tampa 4.3 period just like when Tommie Harris knees went defense no.Why not use the people you have to their full potential yea there is work but with pride in what you do there is huge reward (like wins)Right now I see players on defense trying but not in position to make plays and frustrated and looking like losers as well as feeling that way.These players are a proud group and every one is tearing them down dang go ahead and make the change you are losing anyway with nothing to lose.What better way to change over with the injuries and personnel flux of next year.I have faith in these players they are play makers please give them the chance to make plays and get their swagger back.It’s not like these guys can’t win one on one match ups they have.The difficulty factor is way over rated remember these are veteran players who know football keep it simple at first and build on it be honest that’s why you hired Mel in the first place.

  • Vince Mutulo

    I think its a good idea will enable the bears to create more pressure i also think james anderson can handle olb in this scheme at this point the bears should try anything and in my opinion the defencive problems start and end with tucker

  • David Davis

    Lets face it, Da Bears are nit getting any better any time soon as they are presently formed. I like the big NT! I am not positive/sold the Paea can be a force in the middle, but I feel we do have enough players to add a couple and switch a couple and we will be better than what we are now. Paea is a great inside DT, just not big enough as a run stopper/force that is needed at that position in that scheme. The of course we have to think of Melton coming back??? which rest assured he will, tthen what? Pep only has a year or 2 left as well.

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