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Marc Trestman: Our draft will focus on defense

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The Bears spent last offseason adding pieces to their offensive line and they’ve already signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a new deal that will keep him running an offense populated with strong threats through the air and on the ground.

Now it is time to focus on the defense. That was the message from coach Marc Trestman during his Thursday press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine when he said that the team was planning to have a “defensive-oriented draft” after watching the unit struggle to stop anyone during the 2013 season.

Trestman didn’t get into too many specifics about what areas would be priority targets, saying that they are all “interconnected” and that the schemes they put in place will be determined largely by the players they have on hand this season. One move that Trestman was willing to discuss was one taking Shea McClellin to linebacker where he will compete for snaps on the strong side and in the middle of the defense.

There will certainly be more as the Bears try to restore their potency on that side of the ball. Trestman said “everything is on the table” when it comes to getting better, which should make for an interesting offseason for the Chicago defense.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 20, 2014 10:40 AM

    Everything wasn’t on the table last year when McCown was sitting at the kiddie table while Cutler was nearly dying out there.

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 20, 2014 10:55 AM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Feb 20, 2014 10:40 AM
    Everything wasn’t on the table last year when McCown was sitting at the kiddie table while Cutler was nearly dying out there.


    That entire team was dying last year. It wasn’t all on Cutler. We needed some key stops. When the Eagles and Redskins essentially did what they wanted with our defense that was a major wake-up call.

  3. granadafan says: Feb 20, 2014 10:59 AM

    Linebackers, corners, and linemen! When your safeties are amongst the leaders in tackles, you have some major problems up front and in the passing defense.

  4. arodgersgloryhole says: Feb 20, 2014 11:19 AM

    D-line, corners, and anything else we can get for that defense. It was abused last year. Haven’t seen it that bad in well, forever.

  5. shaggytoodle says: Feb 20, 2014 1:04 PM

    Probably some DBs so Cobb doesn’t torch your defense again.

  6. atepper001 says: Feb 20, 2014 1:33 PM

    i continue to be more and more pleased with this regime as they focus on flexibility and not being so damn stubborn for “their” system or players. 3-4, 4-3 whatever works, complete player turnover to get the best players on the field, fine. do what it takes to win, period. when something isn’t working, figure it out and fix it. don’t continue to run the same players out there in the same system to do the same thing week after week and make the playoffs 3 times in 10 years. thank you for the overhaul and jettisoning angelo and lovie, they are not missed.

  7. bearshaterseverywhere says: Feb 20, 2014 2:08 PM

    We need Safetys and D-Line, not CB’s. We have Jennings locked up and we have been adding depth this week to our corner positions. SAFETY should be our first pick or a D-lineman.

  8. larryboodry says: Feb 20, 2014 7:44 PM

    If Bostic and Greene come into their own this year, and Briggs and McClellinalso play well, LB should be okay…Re-sign Peanut to complement Jennings, CB should be okay.

    After that, they need to blow everything else up and get better in a hurry.

  9. topshelf25 says: Feb 20, 2014 10:26 PM

    The safety from Louisville should be priority number one

  10. kansacity88 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:53 AM

    Somehow, get Justin Tuck in there if Peppers is let go!

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