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  • Don't the Bears already have an edge rusher necessary for the 3-4?

    Don't the Bears already have an edge rusher necessary for the 3-4?
    I couldn't believe it when you suggested in a recent mailbag that the Bears should look for an edge rusher with this year's first-round pick. If there is one position on this new 3-4 defense right now (and there's only one) where they have an overabundance of depth, it's OLB and edge rusher. By my count, there are six viable candidates for two starting positions (Jared Allen, David Bass, Lamarr Houston, Christian Jones, Shea McClellin and Willie Young). And you're suggesting they should use the most valuable chip in the draft to clutter up the only position on defense where there is any depth at all? Are you aware that there are no true 3-4 inside linebackers or defensive ends on this roster right now? Plus they have no depth at all at corner and safety. Care to re-evaluate your response? -- Bobby O., Troy, Ill.
  • Bears' transition to 3-4 defense creates long list of needs

    Bears' transition to 3-4 defense creates long list of needs
    INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL's defensive rankings over the last four seasons show why Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox targeted coordinator Vic Fangio last month. His talented 49ers defenses finished in the top five in total yards...

    On Bears defense, it's clear all the pieces aren't anywhere near in place

    INDIANAPOLIS — As the Bears sort through the roster puzzle en route to free agency and the draft, it's about determining which piece best fills each specific need. The first is going to affect the second, and agents who have met with the team at...

    Dante Fowler Jr. fits Bears needs as 3-4 outside linebacker

    Dante Fowler Jr. fits Bears needs as 3-4 outside linebacker
    INDIANAPOLIS — Dante Fowler Jr. smiled while chatting with reporters Friday morning. He's at ease and confident in the face of scrutiny here at the NFL scouting combine. The defensive end out of Florida likes to stay loose and a crack about his...

    Be patient: Ryan Pace and John Fox doing due diligence on roster

    Be patient: Ryan Pace and John Fox doing due diligence on roster
    INDIANAPOLIS — Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox are trying to be meticulous in evaluating the roster they inherited. Capitalizing on their fresh start together is critical before the new league year begins March 10, around when...