Jared Allen on Bears’ D: Everything is Different


A fiery halftime speech full of curse words was coordinator Mel Tucker’s crowning achievement during a dreadful two years running the Bears’ defense.Tucker’s tirade happened in Week 12 of last season, and several defensive players said it served as inspiration in a victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lovie Smith, the beloved former Bears coach whose legacy cast a shadow over every step of Tucker’s brief stay in Chicago.Replacing Smith, and to a lesser extent previous defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, was an impossible feat for Tucker, regardless of how much he kept the defense same, improved his defensive staff in 2014 or was commended by Marc Trestman. Doubts about the players’ buy-in and Tucker’s know-how lingered from his hiring.Fast-forward to today — and past all the mind-numbing failure of the two worst defensive seasons in team history — and it’s obvious that new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is having a different beginning.There are no “Lovie leaders” to win over, no scheme to keep the same. Fangio and coach John Fox have buy-in from the get-go.“Everything is different,” end-turned-outside-linebacker Jared Allen said. “It’s kind of a fresh start. In defenses I’ve been in over the years overall, and being in this scheme, this is a fun defense to play in.

Source: Adam Jahns of The Chicago Sun Times

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