Welcome to Week-4 of Chicago Bears Huddle off-season Reader Q&A. For those who've missed some of the great questions, you can always read the entire series here.
In this week's issue: how does the upgraded talent at wide receiver will affect the offensive scheme, McClellin concerns, and even more Hester happenings. Enjoy!
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With the new talent at WR, how often do you think 4 and 5 WR sets will be used? – Steve Augustyn, via Facebook
To say that you’re not going to see four and five receiver sets might be misleading, but that’s just not this team’s game. First of all, to run a spread offense like that, you probably need to have a bit more confidence in your offensive line then the Bears do in this group. But that aside, my impression is that the team intends to use a lot of two tight end sets (which is what we’ve seen in practice). And Mike Tice—who definitely likes to chuck the ball down field, by the way—will still want to keep offensive balance.
I seem to be one of the few fans who really liked the Shea McClellin pick. What do you think his chances are of being a starter at DE, and with all the attention paid to Peppers, do you think it is possible Shea could have 10+ sacks this season? – Chicago Bulls Fan, via Google+
This is a tough question for me because my only honest answer is that I don’t know. I also don’t want to give you the copout response. I think there’s a lot to like about McClellin, although I still have reservations about his fit for this defense. His energy level makes him a fun player to watch, and I’m excited to see him develop. I just hope the Bears aren’t trying to, once again, fit a round peg into a square hole. To answer the second part of your question: of course it’s possible, but if McClellin puts up double-digit sacks, I’d all but call the pick a rousing success.
There has been a lot of talk about Hester's role in this year’s offense. With his elusiveness and speed, could you see him slide in to the HB position? Similar to how the Vikings use Percy Harvin, or how the Chiefs use Dexter McCluster (both played RB in College though)? – Glynn Owen, via Google+
It’s a great question, but I think the answer is no. The plan is to put Hester at the flanker spot, opposite Marshall. Who knows what happens down the stretch, but it’s time to put a stop to the Devin Hester experiments.
Being Irish, I’m wondering how Chi-Town views the International Series in London each year? – Keith Haughian, via Twitter
Seeing as the Bears played in it last season, I remember how they feel! Most fans seemed to view it as a minor annoyance—I say minor because Chicago took home the win. Had they lost, however, it would have been a travesty of epic proportions, and fans would not have rested until the series was scratched altogether. I, on the other hand, have a different view after a conversation I shared with my good friend Martin Macpherson. You can read why here!
Do I have a right to be a little upset/ bothered that 19th overall pick, Shea McClellin, is working with the 3s [in practice]? – Lance Poirrier, via Twitter
No, not really. The only thing McClellin is guaranteed as a first-round Draft selection is a corresponding contract, which he got. Now . . . that’s only subjectively true, because the Bears do expect him to start, and, at some point, he will. But to take anything significant out of non-contact OTAs in June would be an exercise in futility, my friend.
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