Jared Allen Comments on Jeremiah Ratliff.........

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  1. soulman

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    Ratliff is a Beast!

    By Dan Wiederer, Tribune reporter
    7:53 p.m. CDT, March 31, 2014

    Five days after making their biggest splash in free agency with the signing of defensive end Jared Allen, the Chicago Bears formally introduced the five-time Pro Bowler on Monday at Halas Hall. Allen's arrival is expected to invigorate a needy pass rush. Here are three other things you need to know about Allen's arrival.

    Allen’s most enthusiastic praise for his new teammates went toward Jeremiah Ratliff, the defensive tackle who signed a two-year extension with the Bears before free agency began.


    When he’s healthy,” Allen said, “he’s an absolute beast in the middle “

    Allen also knows just how valuable it can be to have a disruptive and complementary tackle lining up beside him. For years, with both Pat Williams and Kevin Williams with the Vikings, Allen developed a comfort and synergy for how to operate. His six-year run playing beside Kevin Williams gave Allen a new appreciation for just how well a defensive line can hum when guys have a feel for one another’s rhythm and moves.

    “It’s getting those reps in practice with the guy to understand, ‘O.K., what’s his countermove?’” Allen said. “I’ll need to know what Jay’s countermove is so when I’m rushing up the field and I see him up that he’s going to counter. And he also needs to understand like, ‘Hey, I need you to make a decision by two or three steps here.’ That’s how you start falling off with things naturally with each other. I could literally look at Kevin and if we had a set that we saw, I could look at him and we just knew that ‘OK here, you’re gonna go up and I’m gonna come under. Or vice versa. It just comes down to reps and communication and talking about it. It also comes down to obviously the philosophy of the d-linemen, of what coach is gonna allow us to flow in and out of.”

    And Ratliff’s strengths in being a force against the run with a pass rush prowess to boot excites Allen.

    “To have a guy who can consistently get 3 or 4 yards deep, the quarterback’s got one way to go,” he said. “To me or him. So that really I’m excited about.”
     
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    Reading between the lines it would seem that the Bears intend to use Ratliff at NT along with Paea. It makes sense because that's what he played as a 4 time Pro Bowler in Dallas.

    The tipoffs to it are here Allen talking about what a beast he is "in the middle", the position of the NT. Also the comments about knowing how important it is to have a great NT lining up next to him. That would also be the position of the NT most of the time in a 4-3 "over front". In the "under front" the DT is next to the RDE but in either case the NT "shade" the OC on one side of the other and has the A gap.

    The final tipoff would be him talking about getting 3-4 yards deep or "pushing the pocket" so the QB can't step up and away from the DEs rush. A 3 tech DT would shoot the gap and attempt to get pressure or a sack from the left side opposite the RDE. These two positions are the main thrust of the pass rush. While the NT collapses the pocket and the LDE keep contain against a rollout by the QB to his right.
     
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    Allen is going to be the RDE, so if the RDE is next to the DT so therefore Ratliff would be DT.
     
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    Third and 8 maybe after an incomplete pass under pressure and then a run of 2 years. Young- Houston-Ratliff-Allen coming at you. Do you take on some big versatile bests up the middle or do you run towards the athletic younger guy or the experienced sack machine. I really hope our defense stays healthy this so we can see some of their potential
     
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    I do to but at least this year we have depth. To those four you probably add Izzy, Paea, Bass or Washington, Collins, and a rookie DT. We won't have any trouble keeping the pass rush fresh this year.
     
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    Reading this where it mentions the old Minnesota D-line with the "Williams Wall"and big old Pat Williams...made me think maybe Louis Nix III could be our Pat Williams? I'm starting to like the idea of Nix, not sure he's worth taking at 14 though if Dennard or Gilbert are on the board.
     
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    Don't need Nix right now when we have Ratliff. He's the beast NT Allen is referring to. Let's just hope he has enough "beast" in him for two more years and a Super Bowl ring. I think it'll take one more after this one before we can get there.
     
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    Nix and Ratliff would be double beasts. Since the Bears need a 3 tech I doubt they will take Nix. However Nix and Quarles along with existing guys would apply a lot of heat to the QB and would be fun to watch. Do not see them taking dt with first 2 picks with S and MLB unsettled. But definitely would be one hell of a d line and a very strong rotation.
     
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    Sure.
     
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    The beast is a tendon pull away from being a sidelined hamster for the year. The team has to be prepared for that contingency. Dix fixes that.

    This team misses the playoffs again this year is our defensive middle is weak. We can't afford to have that happen.
     
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