Mel Tucker discusses Bears defensive scheme, personnel

Shea Mclellin

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker says the team’s defensive scheme will look different this year.

“There are some alignments that we’re going to use with our defensive linemen that are going to look different, and the technique those guys will play also will be different. Some of our run fits will be different as well,” Tucker said to the team’s official website.

Tucker also touched on Shea McClellin’s move from defensive end to linebacker.

“We want to be big and physical, and he goes from being the smallest guy in the defensive line room to the biggest guy in the linebacker room,” he said. “He’s very athletic. You watch him move around in our offseason program and in our coaching sessions and he looks like a linebacker. He looks at home. He looks very comfortable. When you go back and look at some of his tape from Boise State and the Senior Bowl, he looked comfortable in a two-point stance as well as in space as a rusher and in coverage. He’ll tell you that he’s comfortable doing that.”

Tucker says McClellin, D.J. Williams, Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene will not just compete at one position.

“We’ve told those guys that they have to know multiple spots from Day 1, so we’re going to move those guys around probably as early as the third OTA. Bostic is going to play Mike and Sam, Shea’s going to play Sam and Mike, Khaseem will play Will and Sam, and D.J. will primarily play Mike, although he’s played outside linebacker over the years. Lance is going to play Will and those other guys are going to compete and we’ll see what will be our best combination of guys.”

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