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Changes coming to Bears' front seven?

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The Bears firing the defensive line and linebackers coach could portend a schematic shift up front for Chicago's defense, possibly from their traditional 4-3 to a 3-4 front.

After a season in which the defense hit historic lows, change was necessary. Which is why Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman yesterday fired defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tom Tibesar. Phair was one of two holdovers from the Lovie Smith era – the other being defensive backs coach John Hoke, who somehow avoided the axe – while Tibesar was a first-year NFL coach who had...

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