Houston vs. Bennett

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  1. Bearsinhouston

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    I am very happy with Houston. I think we got ourselves a hell of a player with a hell of a mindset.

    He was not our first choice. We originally wanted Bennett. I'm sure some of that was because we already had the black unicorn. But stripping away the familial reasons he was a good fit (he is a very good player in his own right), did we actually get lucky and get the better player by missing out on Bennett?

    I don;t think we would have gone wrong with either, but I'm curious as to thoughts on who wanted who given the ability to have either player.

    Myself, I thought Bennett was a very good but not great player, but he was my choice between Houston and himself. Now, I have decided I like Houston better, and not because he is a Bear and I've got my Bears Goggles on. I honestly think Houston is a meaner SOB and his numbers are really good. My opinion is we may have won by losing. (That was the case with Lovie, LOL)
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    I think the best way to look at it is that Houston wanted to come to Chicago and Bennett didn't even though his brother was on the team. That's enough for me right there. Otherwise they may well be fairly equal as players but Bennett has gotten more notoriety because he played in Seattle on a great defense whereas Houston played in one of the NFL's well known armpits. Let's see how it goes from here on out. :cheers:
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    Although they can both play inside and outside, Bennett and Houston are quite different players. Bennett is a lengthy pass rushing specialist and maybe better than Houston in that area, whereas Houston is one of the best run stopping DEs in the league and can really hold his ground. Pass rushers get a premium and rightly so, however I see 4 big advantages in Houston:
    - Run defense was our biggest weakness last season.
    - Houston was cheaper.
    - Houston compliments Allen better. Allen is arguably the best pass rusher of past decade, but he isn't perfect stopping the run.
    - Houston is the perfect guy to have in front of Shea McClellin as he moves to LB.
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    It took Bennett several years to become a Pass Rush threat, early in his career he was not that good. Its hard to say what Houston will end up being but he is younger and did not have a good team around him. I think they both would have looked good in a Bears uniform but Houston has more upside and with a good Defense around him could easily get 10 sacks if given the chance. I add "if given the chance" because I expect Willie Young to be playing on obvious passing situations opposite Allen. I do not know if Houston will slide to the 3-tech in these situations or if Ratliff of Sutton will get the call. I hope Sutton gets the call, which would mean the rookie is earning his patches and the vets are getting a little rest.
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    One thing to look at and remember about Houston is that until last year he was playing at 300lbs like a 3-4 DE. Last year he played at 275lbs and he will again this year so I expect him to be a more effective pass rusher at that weight and he's still a great run stopper. Actually so is Willie Young and he's even 20lbs lighter than Houston. Both were top ten DEs against the run last year and were still effective rushers.

    Allen gets a bad rap as a run defender but his stats argue differently and even so he's really no worse than Pep was in that regard so I'm not gonna worry about him. He's a great football player and we have enough depth to spell him if and when we need to. I think they'll use Houston inside at DT at times just like Seattle does with Bennett. Who knows. They guy may prove to be a better rusher from there than he is a DE.

    There's a lot of versatility on that line now so even if we experience an injury or two as long as they aren't season ending deals we should be able to cover our bases in any number of different ways. The DTs can swap around as needed and so can the DEs just like we were doing in the past. It's all about looking for mismatches or at least I hope it still is.
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    I like the rebuilt line potential and believe Houston will be a huge part of it. Keeping them fresh will be key. Going to be lots of good camp battles between the 2 lines.
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    I actually think we got the better value, no question. I think he has room to grow, and that Bennett has likely peaked. And just as important, we were left with the room to make other needed FA signings.

    I love the move.
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