With the addition of new defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni and linebackers coach Reggie Herring, some suspect the Bears may be moving to a 3-4 defense next season.
While it still may be too early to determine the Bears' plan, NFL analyst Hub Arkush helped shed some light on the situation on SportsNet Central Thursday.
Arkush said both coaching additions carry with them a tremendous amount of experience and can coach in either a 3-4 or 4-3 base defense. Arkush also said the Bears just simply do not have the personnel right now for a 3-4 defense, so changes would need to come.
As for the roster, he had some ideas for the defense, as well.
"Start with Julius Peppers. They cannot afford an $18 million salary cap hit and fix this defense. He's going to be released. I think that's almost a given," Arkush said. "And then who do you resign? They would love to bring back Corey Wootton if they can. Then there's a decision on Henry Melton based on what defense [they're] playing."
Arkush also brought up the secondary, questioning if the Bears are going to let safety Major Wright walk in free agency, if Chris Conte has worn out his welcome in Chicago and whether or not the front office would make an offer to Charles Tillman.