The Mailbag: So How About That Cubs Trade?

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

And now that you know how to do it, let’s get to the this week’s questions.

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The Bears Will Not Be On Hard Knocks

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As I wrote in January, I really wanted the Bears to be the subject of this summer’s “Hard Knocks” on HBO. They were one of the teams eligible to be on it this year according to the new rules the NFL imposed for team selection, and I had been hoping that I’d finally get the chance to go behind the scenes of training camp for the one football team I truly care about.

Well, hope in one hand, and you know the rest.

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Early Thoughts On The Kyle Fuller Pick

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Aaron Donald almost fell to the Bears at No. 14. I don’t know for sure that the Bears would have taken him, but I’d like to think they would. We’ll never know, because St. Louis took him at No. 13 and the Bears decided to go with cornerback Kyle Fuller out of Virginia Tech.

My initial response is one of ennui.

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The Mailbag: NFL Draft Edition

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

And now that you know how to do it, let’s get to the this week’s questions.

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The Mailbag: Yes, We Have A Mailbag Now

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When I was writing over at The Champaign Room I started a weekly mailbag post, and enjoyed it. While some of the questions got a bit repetitive, it provided the chance to write about things other than Illinois sports from time to time.

Believe me, when you’re writing about Illinois sports constantly, you really look to find ways to write about anything else occasionally. Your sanity demands it.

Well, Chicago sports doesn’t have the same effect because I only write about whatever the hell I want when I want, but I still enjoyed doing that damn mailbag. So I’ve started one here now. This is it! The first one! You are reading history!

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Should The Bears Draft A Defensive Tackle Or Safety In The First Round?

Can the numbers give Phil Emery a better idea of which direction to go in the first round?

Can the numbers give Phil Emery a better idea of which direction to go in the first round?

I haven’t made a secret of the fact that when it comes to their first round pick in May, I want the Bears to take defensive tackle Aaron Donald out of Pitt. Considering how many weaknesses there are on the Bears defense, though, opinions on what the team should do certainly vary.

There’s those on my side of the fence, who believe rebuilding through the defensive line is the way to go. Then there are those who see the way safeties have made out on the free agent market, as well as the evolving nature of the NFL game, and feel that shoring up the back line with an elite player is the way to go.

But which side is right?

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The Bears Are Interested In A Player We’ve Always Known They’d Be Interested In

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The math isn’t hard to figure out. The Bears need to make an upgrade on the defensive line this offseason, and one of the quickest ways to do that is on the free agent market. There just so happens to be a defensive end on the market named Michael Bennett, who happens to be the brother of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. The same Martellus Bennett the Bears signed to a four-year $20 million deal last offseason.

So guess who the Bears are expected to go after pretty hard? Well, your mom was totally lying to you when she told you that you were smart, but it turns out you’re not entirely stupid either. It’s Michael Bennett.

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The Bears Will Stick With A 4-3 Scheme

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While we can all expect to see plenty of new faces on the Bears defense next season, what we won’t be seeing is a new scheme.

In January I wondered if the changes the Bears had made to the coaching staff might mean that the franchise was looking to make the conversion from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, or maybe a hybrid of the two. Now, we have an answer.

Well, sort of.

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Mike Tice Wanted The Bears To Draft Russell Wilson

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Bears fans found themselves in a strange position this season. Thanks to the play of Josh McCown when Jay Cutler was hurt, we were all in a place that actually included debate about whether or not the Bears should let Cutler go in favor of a 34-year old journeyman who played really well for a month.

Cutler would eventually sign his new deal to put an end to that debate, and we don’t know what will become of Josh McCown, but things could have been a lot different had the Bears listened to Mike Tice. Yes, that’s an actual sentence you should take seriously. I meant to write it and everything.

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Are The Bears Switching To A 3-4 Defense?

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Marc Trestman’s first season with the Bears was about reinventing the offense, and it’s hard to deny the success he had along the way. I’m now wondering if Trestman’s second season at the helm will be about reinventing the Bears defense.

While it’s entirely possible that I’m reading the tea leaves and getting the answer that I want to see, Thursday brought yet another sign that the Bears are considering switching to a 3-4 defense.

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