It was the assumption of many all along. The confirmation of the Bears remaining in a 4-3 base defense in 2014 came not in a quote, but a note midway through an article Tuesday afternoon on ChicagoBears.com, the team-run website.

Retaining Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator was the first sign the scheme would likely remain the same. All but a brief period of Tucker's time running NFL defenses has come in a 4-3 setup (the lone exception being a 3-4 that was in place in Cleveland when he took over in 2009). But the 3-4 chatter intensified when Paul Pasqualoni and Reggie Herring were hired as defensive line and linebackers coaches, respectively, and both had recent NFL experience in systems that predominantly used four linebackers - Pasqualoni in Dallas, Herring in Houston. In fact, the Bears are expected to mix in a few different looks on occasion, even while planning on working a majority of the time out of that 4-3. Where those linemen set up in gaps will also be something to watch once they make their personnel moves in free agency and the draft.