Adams Introduced at Convention

Defensive tackle Anthony Adams just signed with the Bears on March 25, but that didn't stop him from putting in an appearance at the annual Fan Convention only five days later at the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue. Adams spent some time with Editor in Chief John Crist shortly thereafter and introduced himself as the newest Monster of the Midway.

John Crist: You just never seemed to be a good fit in Mike Nolan's 3-4 defense out in San Francisco. Was Lovie Smith's 4-3 scheme one of the reasons you signed with the Bears?

Anthony Adams: Yeah, it's one of the reasons. It's something that I'm used to and something that I've done in college and my first two years in the league. I talked to Coach Nolan. I accepted the role in the 3-4 defense. I just wanted to try to contribute to the 49ers as much as I could knowing that I'm a 4-3 tackle, but I wanted to play the 3-4 just to show my versatility a little bit. It was a great experience for me.

JC: What exactly is a defensive tackle asked to do in the 3-4 as opposed to the 4-3? Is it all about gap responsibility?

AA: It's a little different because you have two gaps, but when you're in a 4-3 you just have one gap. It's a little different. I think when you're in a 4-3, you're more in an attack mode and you can shoot upfield. When you're in a 3-4, you can't shoot upfield. You have to read what they're doing and keep both gaps intact. So you have to be a little more cautious with what you're doing in a 3-4.

JC: Lovie Smith loves to rotate his defensive linemen and keep them fresh over the course of a game. Does knowing that make you feel comfortable that you'll get the playing time you want?

AA: It doesn't matter to me. Whether they need me to play 60 snaps or 30 snaps, it really doesn't matter. That aspect of what they do as far as a rotation, it didn't really have any bearing on if I was going to come here or not. I'm familiar with Coach Lovie's system, and the opportunity presented itself. And I ran with it.

JC: What would you like Bears fan to know about Anthony Adams the player and Anthony Adams the person?

AA: I come here for business. I come here to have fun with my teammates. I'll sign any autographs and things like that. I'm just a fan as much as they are, so I just want them to know that I'm a genuine guy [and] down to earth. I come here to bring us to the Super Bowl and win the Super Bowl.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and Editor in Chief of To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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