The guy on our roster who has the most potential to move to MLB is Hardin. He has the size (height) and speed. Unfortunately, he lacks the tackling mechanics to stop bruiser RB's and TE's. He also hasn't played in 2 years.What do you guys think about Dom DeCicco? I know there were several people high on him, but I don't remember him getting much playing time if at all recently. It appears he's still on the team and signed.
McClellin is absolutely 100% NOT a middle linebacker.I don't know what everybody's fascination is with this. He is not now or ever going to be moved to LB unless we switch to a 3-4, then maybe. He is in no way a 4-3 weak, strong or middle LB. Emery himself has said as much and many Bears insiders have said the same thing. There is no reason to hide this from the public so I don't think this is Emery keeping things tight to the vest. He is a Defensive End, he is not moving, it is not going to happen. That is something that would have happened in the JA and Lovie era where they tried to jam a square peg in a round hole. I am confident in saying it is not going to happen because it was never the plan, he is a defensive end, I think Emery was hoping he would be the next Jared Allen, not enough of a body of work yet to judge but this season will be a better judge on his ability.
I'm so tired of hearing that idea.
He's a pass rusher.
How much have you actually seen?
Jared Allen????? Please. Jared Allen is a stud, strong, and with a motor that won't quit. His skill set is completely on a level different than McClellin.Al, don't get me wrong here, I don't think McClellin was a great pick by any means and as I stated, I believe EMERY thought he COULD be a Jared Allen type pass rusher at the Defensive End position. If I picked a DE it would have been Chandler Jones who would have been a great addition to that line last year with Melton and Peppers, he had a solid season with the Patriots.
He does not have any bull rush capability. His only skill at DE is a speed rush at the quarterback. He gets sucked in a lot and does not contain worth a rip against the run.
I maintain that if McClellin could fit in a 3-4 defense then he also could fit in as a replacement for Roach.
Maybe we should see what Shea does in year 2 before closing the book on him? Might be a bit more logical.He's on the team, so we'll find out one way or another. Al, while others here don't agree with you, I think the important thing is that it doesn't appear the Bears agree with you. Though I'll eat my words if he comes out playing LB. The Bears do play it tight to the chest. I would just find it odd that Emery has said he will be a DE, he hired a 4-3 DC, they played him at DE all year.... I think they're going to fill LB some other way.
However, with Izzy no longer on the team, I think the odds of him not being a DE next year is really slim.
Wait, what? Izzy is officially not being pursued to be brought back? I can't find any news on this, you have some info?
Maybe a look at Dwight Freeney if the price is right. While is isnt in his prime he would drop right into the Bears system givin us another pass rusher. Id let Izzy walk. Im kinda worn out on high motor guys with no upside. We have had a good dose of that during the Lovie/Angelo years.