The fact that the Chicago Bears report to training camp in three days has me like:
But that's still three days away! Let's see, what Bears-related item could fit in with the number three?
How about the first number of the Bears' new defensive system.
That's right, the 3-4. This is the first time in the team's history that they have run a base 3-4 scheme. It is also the first time a John Fox-coached team will run a 3-4.
There aren't a lot of coaches that completely change up their coaching philosophy or schemes in the middle of their careers like Fox is doing, which is what makes it strange. Yes Bill Belichick changed from a base 3-4 to a 4-3 a couple years ago but that was long after he had established himself as an innovator and the smartest coach in football.
Coaches usually build through their time as an assistant in one system and then stick with it throughout the rest of their careers, especially on the side of the football that they specialize in.
Fox has worked his entire career inside the 4-3 philosophy but has changed it up with Chicago. In order to help him he brought in Vic Fangio, the best available 3-4 defensive coordinator on the market this offseason. Fangio's San Francisco Ds have been among the NFL's best and what he can bring to Chicago has Bears fans excited to get back to the "Monsters of the Midway" history.
What are your realistic expectations for the Bears new defense in year one?