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Bears defensive coaching staff impresses early


After getting rid of the very popular Lovie Smith only to see the franchise stumble at the hands of first-time head coach Marc Trestman and first-time general manager Phil Emery, Chicago was wise to load up on a player-friendly staff for their 2015 rebuilding efforts.

That meant signing the ever-likable John Fox. But on a deeper level, that also meant finding guys like Vic Fangio to run the defense.

Fangio is a bit of a departure from last year's defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, and players are already starting to notice.

"Everything is different," Jared Allen said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "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.

"There's a high-level of accountability for everybody, and I've always felt that breeds greatness. There are no excuses. Either you are right or you are wrong, and you have the freedom to make plays. The sky is the limit for us."

While hiring a player's coach doesn't always work, the Bears put an emphasis on experience and likability in order to get a bad taste out of everyone's mouth.

Now is the time of year when everyone is high on their new coaching staff, but we have reason to believe that the Bears actually mean it.

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