Chicago Bears Starting Nickelback is a Free Agent… so is his backup (video)
The Bears appear to be good at cornerback for the 2013 season. Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman are coming off a Pro Bowl year. Starting nickelback, on the other hand, could go in one of five directions- free agency, draft, or one of our three free agent nickelback/backup corners. Traditionally, Lovie’s best backup corner would play the nickel slot on passing downs. With Lovie no longer in the picture, it is hard telling what Mel Tucker has up his sleeve coaching the Monsters of the Midway. 4-3, 3-4, 46? Only time will tell. Assuming the Bears keep playing 4-3 defense, our best bet will probably be to keep two of our three free agents while adding another via draft April 25-27. Let us take a quick look at all three free agent nickels and see what each brings to the table.
Five year veteran Bowman didn’t see much playing time at nickel due to the fierce competition between D.J Moore and Kelvin Hayden. This doesn’t bode well for Zack, almost making Mel Tucker and Jon Hoke’s decision much easier. Although, new special teams coach Joe DeCamillis may have some input regarding Bowman’s 22 special team tackles, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Eight year vet Hayden seemed a perfect fit for the Lovie’s Cover Two. Returning Grossman’s Super Bowl pass for a pick 6 will forever haunt my dreams. While Hayden showed promise covering the third receiver and even stopping the run at times,
my mind is still boggled that he took the nickel spot from D.J. Moore. My guess is that Coach Dungy called up Lovie and gave Hayden a good word. Sorry Coach Smith, if you ever want your name not to be mentioned as being part of Dungy’s crew, you will need a ring of your own.
The last three years D.J. Moore has showed me something – I want D.J. to be a Bear for his entire career. Tough, competitive, and very intelligent Moore has outplayed his status as “too short” or not strong enough. Not sure if you want D.J. Moore back as a Bear? Watch the play posted below and leave me a comment about why this guy does not belong…
Like I said:
It is hard telling what Mel Tucker and Co. have in store for us this season. For all we know the Bears will line up in a 3-4 Defense. As soon as we get through this free agency and draft, the new look of our beloved will begin to clear.
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