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Everybody is all excited about the new players coming in on defense, but this unit will not get better without contributions from Jon Bostic and Shea McClellin.
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and his staff will have the tough task of getting both players on the field and finding a way for them to succeed. Tucker has to get creative and spend time this offseason developing packages for the two.
Look no further than the New England Patriots, who use two players similar in style to Bostic and McClellin in a variety of different ways.
Rob Ninkovich was a below-average journeyman until he got to the Patriots. Now he's a versatile defensive end/linebacker who's racked up 27.5 career sacks and nine forced fumbles in New England.
Jamie Collins was the Patriots' second-round pick last year, like Bostic was for Chicago. He played middle and outside linebacker all while using his speed and athleticism to make plays. Who can forget his performance in the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts when he had a sack and interception?
Bostic and McClellin need to be put in a position to help this team with their strengths. It's up to Tucker to not be so vanilla on defense and show multiple looks to allow the young linebackers to make plays.