The Chicago Bears have a new head coach in Matt Eberflus and with him likely comes changes on the defensive side of the ball.

For starters, Eberflus ran a zone-heavy, 4-3 scheme during his time as defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts. Per Sports Info Solutions, Eberflus’ defensive personnel groupings deployed four-man fronts on 93% of defensive snaps in 2021. He blitzed around 20% of the time, as well, which was eighth-lowest in the league.

Sean Desai’s defense was an entirely different animal. He primarily used three-man fronts and while he didn’t blitz a ton, he blitzed more than Eberflus did.

No matter how you slice it, a different defensive philosophy is coming to Chicago in 2022 and one player it could affect is Robert Quinn.

Quinn’s roots are playing defensive end in a 4-3, but he’s been rushing out of a two-point stance for the Bears over the last couple of years. Quinn admittedly struggled with his new responsibilities back in 2020, which turned out to be the worst year of his career.

“Just being honest, there were days I really didn’t want to go into the building,” Quinn said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. “I was just frustrated for a lot of different reasons. But I got to the offseason and talked with some people and got over it.

“I realized it wasn’t as bad as [it seemed]. I had put a lot of pressure on myself and built it up, and when the snowball starts to roll, it can turn into an avalanche. I let that happen for a little bit.”

The end result was a career-worst 2.0 sacks through 15 games. If it weren’t for his contract, the Bears could’ve easily parted ways with him in 2021.

It’s a good thing 2021 worked out the way it did. Quinn set a new franchise record with 18.5 sacks last year as the light bulb came on during his second year with the team. What’s more impressive is 13 of those 18.5 sacks came after Khalil Mack was lost for the year.

But now, it looks like Quinn will revert to his old ways as a 4-3 end. That’s not entirely official, but that’s Eberflus’ philosophy and it’s very rare for coaches to stray away from mindset that got them to where they are today.

It’ll be interesting to see if Quinn can recapture the magic that surrounded him as he recorded 80.5 sacks in nine seasons before joining the Bears. Based off his pedigree and current contract, the Bears would be wise to give him that shot.

And if they don’t, I’m sure someone else will give him that shot.

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