The Bears are switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and a lot of the current defensive lineman are switching positions.
NFL.com analyst Marc Sessler thinks the Bears have the weakest defensive line in the NFL.
The Bears were counting on the recently-released defensive end Ray McDonald to play a major role in new coordinator Fangio’s transition to a 3-4 scheme. Now they have to rely upon second-year players Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson, both of whom were drafted to play defensive tackle in Mel Tucker’s 4-3 defense. This front will be heavily reliant upon rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman and veteran end Jeremiah Ratliff, who turns 34 before the start of the season.
Goldman should help secure the interior line, but players like Jared Allen have never played outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme before.
The Bears were 30th in the NFL, giving up 6,033 total yards.