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 Bleak History Of Chicago Bears First Round Picks

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Thursday night the NFL Draft will be held, and as things currently sit, the Chicago Bears will be making the 14th pick. This could all change before the Bears are officially on the clock, though. Maybe the Bears will trade up to grab somebody they covet, or maybe they’ll trade down to get more picks. We don’t know.

What we do know is that if the Bears do make a selection in the first round on Thursday night, no matter who they choose, that player is probably going to suck.

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The Mailbag: Would Tom Thibodeau Really Go To The Lakers?

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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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Don’t Get Caught Up In Jared Allen’s Sack Numbers

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The news that the Bears had signed Jared Allen didn’t come as that much of a surprise to me this morning. When the Bears announced that they had restructured Jay Cutler’s deal, moving $5 million into the signing bonus to free up about another $4 million in cap space this season, I knew something was up.

They already had enough cap room to sign all their draft picks, and if they just wanted to give themselves flexibility during the season, why would they do it in March?

No, they had to be trying to sign somebody, and Allen was the only player left on the market that would command that kind of room.

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The New Bears Defensive Ends Are Definite Upgrades

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The Bears haven’t made a major splash in free agency this spring, nor are they done rebuilding the roster as we’ll see an infusion of talent on the defensive side of the ball thanks to May’s draft. What they’ve done already, though, particularly on the defensive line, is improve the unit so far.

Or, at the very least, they’ve improved the defensive end position, even with the departure of Julius Peppers.

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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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