Finally, the Bears made huge progress in assembling the coaching staff with the additions of offensive coordinator Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as well as several assistants on both sides of the ball.
Now it’s time for general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox to turn their attention to evaluating the players currently on Chicago’s roster, which should make for some interesting developments over the next couple of months.
All the change naturally leads to questions about what might transpire in the future. So thanks to everyone for participating and sending all your questions for today’s Twitter mailbag.
Let’s get started:
Pace told a story recently about an experience with the Saints that played a role in shaping his draft philosophy.
"When I first started with the Saints, I might have just become a pro scout or a scouting assistant. We were in the draft. I want to be honest with you guys, honest assessment. When I talk about taking best player available, you have to be careful in the draft ... that's what I believe in. In the draft, it can be human nature to want to push up a position that you need. And that doesn't happen on draft day. That happens in the process leading into the draft, right? So we're talking about defensive linemen. We really need a D-lineman. Hey I know we don't have great grades on this player, but we're pushing him up because we need it. So we drafted a defensive tackle in 2003 that didn't end up being a good player for us, and I think that was partly because we pushed him up because of need. We should've just taken best player available. Honest answer."
Anyway, I did try my best to project how some of the current Bears would fit into a 3-4 scheme provided the club decided to go that route. You can check that out right here.
@mikecwright: I can tell you this much: not many. I go back to Ryan Pace's first press conference when the Bears introduced him as the general manager.
#bearsmailbag After they review the film and the players that quit, how many will remain??— Eliseo Gonzalez (@leech11) January 21, 2015
He said: "There are certain traits and qualities you look for at each position. But overall, the discipline, toughness, instincts, intelligence. We want reliable players that you know what you're getting from them on game day."
We obviously didn't see those qualities on a consistent basis with the Bears in 2014, and I agree with your assessment that some of the guys simply quit. That will definitely show up on film, and I doubt many of the guys displaying that on the tape will be showing up for 2015 Bears training camp in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Here's what Urlacher said during ESPN 1000's "Waddle & Silvy" show on Jan. 21 regarding the possibility of him rejoining the Bears as a coach.
"I knew a lot about the defense they used to play in. Vic Fangio runs a 3-4. That's a whole different animal. I wasn't the greatest technician when I played. Technique wasn't my favorite thing to learn, and I doubt I would be great teaching it. [Coaches] work so much. Maybe when I'm older and my kids are older, but right now my kids are still young. So it's hard to imagine coaching now with my kids so young and all the things I do with them. ... To go along with my golf game and fishing. It's tough to imagine working 90 hours a week during the football season and wanting to do that."