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Bears will wait until deciding their defensive front

The Bears must be flexible enough to use a 4-3 or 3-4 defense, depending on which players they acquire in free
agency and the draft, coach Marc Trestman said Thursday.

‘‘I can say it this way,’’ Trestman told the Sun-Times. ‘‘You have to put your scheme together in all three phases that is flexible enough to bring the best out of the players you coach. In a lot of ways, we don’t know who those guys are going to be, particularly on the
defensive side.’’

The Bears’ three defensive coaching hires this offseason all have coached a three-man front.

‘‘As a coach, you can never use scheme as the reason you can’t get it done,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘You have to
design a scheme based on the strengths of the players you have.’’

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