New coaches signal new direction for Chicago Bears defense
- Updated: January 24, 2014
These moves could be an interesting hint as to what is coming for the Chicago Bears defense this offseason. It has long been speculated that change is inevitable as many longtime defensive stalwarts either left last offseason or are free agents this year. These coaching hires reflect the impending change in two distinct ways.
All three new Chicago Bears coaches have extensive experience in the college ranks. Pasqualoni has been a defensive or head coach at South Connecticut State, West Connecticut State, Syracuse, and Connecticut, totaling over thirty years’ experience at the college level. Herring, meanwhile, has spent over twenty years coaching linebackers at colleges like Oklahoma State, Auburn, Clemson, Texas Christian University, and Arkansas. Hurt is the youngest of the bunch and the only one with no NFL experience, but he has coached the defensive line or over a decade at Louisville and the University of Miami.
This experience teaching young football players should pay dividends for these coaches as they move to the Chicago Bears, who are in the midst of a youth movement on defense. Chicago already has second year players like Khaseem Greene, Jonathan Bostic, David Bass, and Cornelius Washington under contract in their front seven, and they are likely to add two or three rookies (or maybe more) to that number in the draft.
These new coaches are used to coaching up college kids, so working with a number of Chicago Bears just out of college should be right up their alley.
It should be noted, also, that both Pasqualoni and Herring have spent a healthy amount of time in the NFL as well, so dealing with professional athletes will not be a new experience to them.
There has been rampant speculation among beat writers that the Chicago Bears will use this offseason to go in a different direction than the standard 4-3 defense they have run for, well, pretty much forever. General manager Phil Emery’s repeated comments about wanting players that transcend schemes has led many to believe they will look to run a hybrid 4-3/3-4 front, similar to what the Seattle Seahawks do.
If that is indeed the direction the Chicago Bears are heading, their defensive coaching hires over the last two seasons suddenly make a lot more sense. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker held the same post for both 3-4 (in Cleveland) and 4-3 (Jacksonville) defenses before coming to Chicago.
Likewise, Pasqualoni and Herring have both coached defenses playing both styles as well. Herring’s most recent job was as the linebackers coach in Houston, where they ran a 3-4 defense, and Pasqualoni’s last NFL experience was in Dallas, who ran a 3-4 while he was there.
Hurtt is an exception, as his experience as both a player and coach is solely in the 4-3, but he is only the assistant position coach. If anything, his hiring suggests the Chicago Bears will likely not completely abandon the 4-3 look.
It is the defensive line and linebackers that change what they do the most between a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment, and the Chicago Bears now have coaches for both positions-as well as a defensive coordinator-familiar with both fronts.
It would appear that the Chicago Bears are moving away from the standard 4-3 cover two defense they have run in the past. Phil Emery has stated he wants to be more aggressive on defense and hinted at a change in scheme, and the new defensive hires both suggest those changes will be implemented this offseason.
The defensive coaches necessary for a change in scheme are in place. Now it’s time for the Chicago Bears to get the personnel for them to coach. Stay tuned.
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