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daintrain28


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:17 pm    Post subject: Are the Bears Switching To A 3-4? Reply with quote

Hey guys, Packer fan here, and I come in peace!

Down here in the Eastern tip of Iowa, I am in the Chicago media market. Hence, I get Bears sports talk.

I have heard several sportscasters referencing the Bears switching to a 3-4? Is there a reason for this? I find it bizarre they would commit to a new scheme when the new HC hasn't been hired yet.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If Phil Emery is as smart as we think…then there is 0% chance we are switching to a 3-4 regardless of which offensive minded HC we hire.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its possible that it happens. It wont be a base 3-4 2 gap system though.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the Bears drafted Shea McClellin last year a lot of people became suspicious that Emery intended to fire Lovie at the end of this season and install a 3-4. At the Lovie just got fired presser Emery basically laid that idea to rest by saying that if the new coach wants to switch to a 3-4 that they would have to convince him they could do it with their current personnel. That being said it is highly unlikely they make the switch, at least this year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emery isn't installing anything. He already stated that the new coach has to convince him that the talent is there for a 3-4. But, for starters, there is nobody to play nosetackle in a traditional 3-4.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wiscbearsfan wrote:
When the Bears drafted Shea McClellin last year a lot of people became suspicious that Emery intended to fire Lovie at the end of this season and install a 3-4. At the Lovie just got fired presser Emery basically laid that idea to rest by saying that if the new coach wants to switch to a 3-4 that they would have to convince him they could do it with their current personnel. That being said it is highly unlikely they make the switch, at least this year.


Stole the words right out of my mouth, this thread screamed Shea McClellin from the moment I saw it. Im not a very knowledgeable 3-4 guy, would Melton be able to handle the middle? I see much bigger guys like Casey Hampton and haloti consuming lineman and they seem to have 50 pounds easy on Melton. Would he move to the end?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For sun the Bears 3-4

DE: Peppers
NT: Paea
DE: Melton

OLB: McClellin
MLB: Roach
MLB: Briggs
OLB: ?

CB: Tillman
CB: Jennings
FS: Conte
SS: Wright

It is not the most hideous thing but it is a stretch.

The only thing that saves us is that Peppers, Melton and Wootton all have the size to be 3-4 1 gap DEs.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure Paea could do well at nose, but it would probably have to be a single gap 3-4 like the Cowboys run, and not the standard 3-4 where the nose is clogging up the entire middle and responsible for two gaps.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WindyCity wrote:
For sun the Bears 3-4

DE: Peppers
NT: Paea
DE: Melton

OLB: McClellin
MLB: Roach
MLB: Briggs
OLB: ?

CB: Tillman
CB: Jennings
FS: Conte
SS: Wright

It is not the most hideous thing but it is a stretch.

The only thing that saves us is that Peppers, Melton and Wootton all have the size to be 3-4 1 gap DEs.


You don't think Peppers would play OLB? Before he left Carolina there were talks of him wanting to play that position.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bears2308 wrote:
WindyCity wrote:
For sun the Bears 3-4

DE: Peppers
NT: Paea
DE: Melton

OLB: McClellin
MLB: Roach
MLB: Briggs
OLB: ?

CB: Tillman
CB: Jennings
FS: Conte
SS: Wright

It is not the most hideous thing but it is a stretch.

The only thing that saves us is that Peppers, Melton and Wootton all have the size to be 3-4 1 gap DEs.


You don't think Peppers would play OLB? Before he left Carolina there were talks of him wanting to play that position.
If Pep wanted to play OLB he would have gone to a team running a 3-4. He never wanted to play the position, he wanted out of Carolina where he felt he had been disrespected.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superman(DH23) wrote:
bears2308 wrote:
WindyCity wrote:
For sun the Bears 3-4

DE: Peppers
NT: Paea
DE: Melton

OLB: McClellin
MLB: Roach
MLB: Briggs
OLB: ?

CB: Tillman
CB: Jennings
FS: Conte
SS: Wright

It is not the most hideous thing but it is a stretch.

The only thing that saves us is that Peppers, Melton and Wootton all have the size to be 3-4 1 gap DEs.


You don't think Peppers would play OLB? Before he left Carolina there were talks of him wanting to play that position.
If Pep wanted to play OLB he would have gone to a team running a 3-4. He never wanted to play the position, he wanted out of Carolina where he felt he had been disrespected.
He said he wanted to play OLB in a 3-4. The boat load of money we gave him seemed to change his mind but he said he wanted to.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaMike wrote:
Superman(DH23) wrote:
bears2308 wrote:
WindyCity wrote:
For sun the Bears 3-4

DE: Peppers
NT: Paea
DE: Melton

OLB: McClellin
MLB: Roach
MLB: Briggs
OLB: ?

CB: Tillman
CB: Jennings
FS: Conte
SS: Wright

It is not the most hideous thing but it is a stretch.

The only thing that saves us is that Peppers, Melton and Wootton all have the size to be 3-4 1 gap DEs.


You don't think Peppers would play OLB? Before he left Carolina there were talks of him wanting to play that position.
If Pep wanted to play OLB he would have gone to a team running a 3-4. He never wanted to play the position, he wanted out of Carolina where he felt he had been disrespected.
He said he wanted to play OLB in a 3-4. The boat load of money we gave him seemed to change his mind but he said he wanted to.
I know what he said, my point was he could have easily chosen to play for a 3-4 team if that is truly what he wanted, but in reality all he really wanted was out of Carolina.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see the DLine to play a 34 and that's a big part of.

DE: ???
NT: ???
DE: Corey Wootton

OLB: McClellin
ILB: Briggs
ILB: Urlacher
OLB: Peppers
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CWood21 wrote:
I don't see the DLine to play a 34 and that's a big part of.

DE: ???
NT: ???
DE: Corey Wootton

OLB: McClellin
ILB: Briggs
ILB: Urlacher
OLB: Peppers

Honestly I feel Henry Melton could play DE in a 3-4.

DE: Corey Wootton
NT: Stephen Paea
DE: Henry Melton

OLB: Julius Peppers
ILB: Lance Briggs
ILB: Brian Urlacher/Draftee
OLB: Shea McClellin

I actually like that a lot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really don't see the point in switching to a 3-4. Why take away from the strengths of this team? Swtching to a 3-4 and entirely new defense would just create more uncertainties. I say bad move. Switching to a 3-4 just seems like the cool thing to do these days amongst the fans.
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