<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bears?src=hash">#Bears</a> have reached agreement w/ Clint Hurtt to be their outside LBs coach; he served as assistant defensive line coach w/ Bears in 2014.</p>— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears/status/560142214433882112">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Last season was Clint Hurtt's first with the Chicago Bears after spending the previous 13 years coaching in the collegiate ranks. The majority of his previous coaching experience was spent on the defensive line except for his first two years (2001-02) where he was the volunteer strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, Miami (Fla.).
The Bears hiring Hurtt as an OLB coach could tip us off to a potential plan to convert to a 3-4 defense. While it's not 100% guaranteed they move to defensive coordinator Vic Fangios's preferred 30 front, it is more common to have an OLB coach and an inside linebackers coach on 3-4 teams.
Hurtt's experience with the defensive line should translate well to a 3-4 OLB, because they are the edge setters and pass rushers of a 3-4 defense.
What are your thoughts on the Bears retaining Hurtt and on the possibility of a 3-4 switch?