All signs are pointing to the Bears switching to a 3-4 defense, but even head coach John Fox has talked about how you shouldn’t define a defense as a 3-4 or a 4-3. While some defenders don’t make sense in a pure 3-4, like Jared Allen or Will Sutton, it doesn’t make financial sense to cut them either. With 2014’s dead money totally over $18 million, mostly from Julius Peppers, Michael Bush, Gabe Carimi, Adam Podlesh and a few other veterans, Bears will have quite a bit of money to spend this offseason, 9th most amount in the NFL. We don’t really know much about Ryan Pace, but there is a chance he could go big. Like Ndamukong Suh big. Other rumors have Patrick Willis getting cut in San Francisco and new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio knows him well.
What could all this look like? Best case scenario, the front 7 of a hybrid defense could look like thisNd. Also mocking NT Danny Shelton to the Bears with their 7th overall pick.
Bears still need to improve the secondary in free agency and the draft. 2nd or 3rd round options could be safety Jaquiski Tartt, cornerback Marcus Peters, or safety Gerod Holliman. All defensive backs would improve from a front 7 lineup like this though.