Brick Haley talks about Ego

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    Here are a couple nice articles in case anyone missed them...

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...7.storyhttp://
    Bears Q&A: LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley on Ego Ferguson
    By Brad Biggs


    LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley held that position with the Chicago Bears from 2007-08. General manager Phil Emery can see how Haley applied his expertise to defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, whom the Bears drafted in 51st overall Friday.

    "He’s been well schooled," Emery said. "He’s really good with his hands, and his hand-placement, his footwork is part of what we liked about him--that he had been well coached. He plays with really good leverage."

    In a recent phone conversation, Haley discussed Ferguson's assets and compared him to a former productive Bears defensive tackle.

    The Q&A:

    Q: What kind of player are the Bears getting in Ego?

    BH: “The Bears are getting a very good football player, quality young man. Very physical, strong, mobile guy that can stop the run and give them some pocket push in the middle. He is a coach’s kind of player. He is going to do the things that you ask him. He is going to be disciplined. I think he has matured and grown up as a young man, and I think the Bears are going to be very pleased with their selection. There is no question in my mind.”

    Q: Ego is bigger than they have had at tackle recently at 6 foot 3, 315 pounds. You were here (in 2007-08) and saw what they wanted ideally. Is he more of a run stuffer?

    BH: “More of a run stopper. He reminds me a lot of Tank Johnson.”

    Q: That is a high compliment. How do you compare them?

    BH: “He reminds me a lot of Tank. He’s not there yet. He’s not Tank Johnson but he reminds me of Tank when he was coming out and some of the things he was able to do. I think Ego is going to be able to give those guys some of those things. I am really excited about it for him.

    Q: Does he project as a nose tackle in this defense in your opinion?

    BH: “I would think so. I am not sure what they are going to do. I think he can be a three-technique. He can do them both, and that is one of the good things about him.”

    Q: Does he have some wiggle and quickness for a man his size?

    BH: “Oh yeah. He’s got some initial quicks and some explosion, and he is pretty strong in that aspect.”

    Q: He only started last fall but was he a big part of rotation in prior seasons?

    BH: “Oh yeah. He’s been a solid player for us in the rotation for us and done a great job.”

    Q: Ego said one of the factors in his decision to leave school with eligibility remaining was his mother was injured at work and he wanted to support her. Did he discuss that with you?

    BH: “Yeah, we were. One thing about him is we have been in constant contact with each other. He came in and it wasn’t just, ‘OK coach, I am leaving.’ We sat down. We discussed it. We went through the pros and cons of it all, and he wanted to make sure it was the right fit. It wasn’t a one-day decision. This thing went on for about a month, and then we decided, ‘Maybe this is what we need to do for you and do for your family.’ He was a little hesitant at first, but I think knowing what he felt like he needed to do and the maturity that he has, it was a great situation for him.”
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    This was one pick I wasn't too enamored with. But here's to hoping Phil knows something the "experts" don't.
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    He knows that this guy is the equivalent to Long last year in the 2nd round. He's huge super athletic NT who's ceiling is a DT.
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    Best part is he can be worked into the game via rotation and doesn't have to get thrown to the wolves as a full time starter. He's not here to save the DL, he's here to add a run stuffing element at NT, develop as a DT and ease into the role. He has all the potential in the world, a great work ethic, and the pieces around him to succeed. I think due to the fact he won't be a full time starter and will be fresh all game he'll be a big asset and at the same time he'll be developing the skills to actually become that full time starter.

    This DL has so much talent that I think everyone will see the field a bit. It'll be like the Giants when they beat the Pats that first year in the Super Bowl. Talent throughout the DL and subbing people in throughout the game(s) so that everyone is fresh even in the 4th. That's going to wear on an offense when the guy who's been giving you hell all series leaves and a guy damn near as talented comes in who's been on the sideline champing at the bit replaces him.
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    So he's Tank Johnson? Not the most exciting comparison to make
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    And thats the great thing about it Ric, I just posted in another thread how we have a ton of bodies and all are very good at at least one aspect, but no real glaring weaknesses in any of their games. We can have a nice deep rotation and keep guys operating at at least 75%.
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    Just was reading that post. A wonderful problem to have, DL bursting with talent to the point anyone could start and good players might be on the choppin block. I see a lot of rotation as well, to the point being a "starter" isn't a huge deal. You're going to the see field early and often as the year progresses.
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    That was Chi66 but I agree w/both of you.

    Jimmors if his comparison right now is Tank that's not a bad thing. Thank might not have been a stud, but he was a solid NT for quite a few years, here and in Dallas. NT isn't sexy it's grunt work but it's very necessary to allow the DE's to do their job.
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    Yup, he might not blow up the stat sheet but he's going to be making the players around him better. If he's eating up two blocks then you have 3 other guys on that line who are going to get favorable matchups and if these guys get favorable match ups they're either going to capitalize or at the very least provide our linebackers free range to make plays. If you don't have linemen getting to the second level then our LB's are going to look a lot better. Look at Urlacher, he excelled when he was allowed to roam and make plays with his athleticism rather than trying to throw big ole OL around before he can find the ball.
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    BU always played best when he had a beefy DL keeping guys off him. Ego and Ratliff are guys that will definitely do that. If Ego is singled he'll have the ability to beat it and get into the backfield and create a stat that Emery loves, pressures and hurries. But I'll take those stats from a NT and be happy moreso then from a DE.
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    Definitely, because sometimes you count a hurry and all the QB does is have to flush forward into a nice little pocket if it's from the DE position. You get a hurry from the interior of that front and the whole play breaks down.
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    Good point ric. This guy can occupy a couple of "O" linemen while the ends get the sack !
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    I agree, Ego may not get noticed or mentioned for what he does. the 2 tech needs to take advantage of single blocks and slow down or eat up combo blocks. If he plays strong, and keeps our LBs clean they will look about twice as good as last year. I'm sure they were elated with this pick if nobody else was.
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    I'm interested to see how they do against Long Slauson and Garza. This DL has enough power to make people look at this OL a lot different then last year in TC, and I think the interior OL is going to be a lot better for it. Same for the T's, this is not Shea and old man Pepp out there, you got 3 DE's in Houston Allen and Young that want to beat you down and get to the QB, Bushrod and Mills should also be much improved after that.
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    I can't wait for TC because I think there will be some fun stuff to watch at practices.
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    Very true, the better the person you play across from the better you are when game time rolls around. Goes for Kyle Fuller as well, he's going up against some of the best in the NFL and with Wilson on offense going against that trio of corners he's going to have a good idea of what it takes to win a battle in game time. This DL vs that OL is going to be fun as hell to watch and help both sides get better. Great point ric.
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    Saw this kid play a lot living down here in SEC country. He is inexperienced. Still, he made plays in every game I watched. Johnson was supposed to be "the guy" at LSU, but it was Ferguson who really jumped out,....
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    That seemed to be what most were saying, Johnson was supposed break out last year but Ferguson stole the show and with another year was looking like first round material. He's raw but I think he could be great and he'll come into his own in due time. He should be a great asset against the run this year in any case.
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    I was never a Brick fan so anything he says isn't objective and meh. Comparing him to Tank is ok but hopefully he can aspire to a Dontari Poe type run-stuffer starting out.

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