The Chicago Bears should only consider J.J. Watt if they switch to a 4-3 base
Finally, the only way the Chicago Bears and Ryan Pace should consider bringing in J.J. Watt is if new defensive coordinator Sean Desai switches his base scheme to a 4-3 defense. There are rumors that the Bears were considering this as they went through the interview process, but promoting Desai is a bit of a wild card.
Desai has not been a defensive coordinator before — not even in the college ranks. However, he is said to have been Vic Fangio’s right-hand man while Fangio was defensive coordinator for the Bears. With Desai helping Fangio create his scheme, I am not certain moving from a 3-4 base to a 4-3 base is going to happen, but the team does have the personnel to make the shift. Not to mention, most teams play in some type of sub-packages the majority of the game anyway.
Moving Mack and Quinn to defensive end instead of playing outside linebacker is not new to them. Watt makes more sense with his hand on the ground too and not as an outside linebacker. As I mentioned, rotating Mack, Quinn and Watt would be ideal. Then you can rotate the interior linemen, Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks and even Bilal Nichols (could also play end) throughout each game as well.
The likelihood of these three things all happening are very slim. This is why Chicago Bears fans should stick to the hope of Deshaun Watson coming to the Chicago Bears over even thinking J.J. Watt has a chance to become a Bear. The chances are probably about equal and both very unlikely.