Lamarr Houston Speaks His Mind.............

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  1. soulman

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    Bears DE Lamarr Houston: If you don’t love the game, 'get out'

    July 10, 2014, 1:15 pm


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    Lamarr Houston spent the first four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders before leaving to become a Bear this spring. One of the reasons behind his signing – besides the $21 million guaranteed over three years on a five-year deal topping out at $35 million – was a change in culture.

    He is not, by nature, a vocal type, but has a simple point of view:

    “The environment here is different and you can appreciate it around here, because it’s about football,” Houston told CSNChicago.com. “And loving the game. If you don’t do that, get out.”

    Houston, who has played at 300 pounds at times in his career, is going into training camp at 275, about what he played at last season. Then he was primarily a right end; now he is the starting left end in standard personnel packages.

    Houston is several inches shorter than Corey Wootton, now a Minnesota Viking, but in the same weight class and arguably better suited for holding the point of attack, a priority this offseason after the debacles up front last year.

    “We’re putting a premium on toughness and being rugged and being stout,” said coordinator Mel Tucker. “And having tremendous anchor in our d-line and being able to control blockers. That violent shed and get off blocks and make plays and push the pocket in the passing game.

    “And then win the one-on-ones. And in order to do that, you have to be tough and you have to be physical. It’s the trenches. And that’s what we’re looking for and that’s what we have with those guys and that’s just the way it’s got to be in the front with those guys.”

    Training camp, when pads come on and hitting can happen without risk of violating the collective bargaining agreement, is the time when competitions become meaningful, particularly for linemen. When camp opens in two weeks, however, the mission statement for the defensive line will involve competition, but also will be focused perhaps more on developing something cohesive within a group that had virtually none of it in 2013 and now has a virtually all-new cast of characters.

    It is a position group in which three of the four starters and six of the top eight on the depth chart were not even with the Bears this time a year ago. Only nose tackle Stephen Paea and backup Nate Collins were in a Chicago uniforms during training camp ’13. Houston was a Raider, Jared Allen was a Viking, Jeremiah Ratliff was a Cowboy, Willie Young was a Lion, and Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton were getting ready for college seasons. Even backup defensive end David Bass was a Raider through preseason.

    Lines on either side of the ball like time together and its resulting comfort levels. The lack of familiarity on the current Bears defensive line is real but is not a concern.

    “It’s different, but the big thing is we’ve got a lot of older guys with experience,” Houston said. “The coaching staff understands what they’re trying to get out of guys. But football is football so that doesn’t change too much.”
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    Damn. :4 14 1[1]: Would one of you kind souls on the admin staff please change that HIM to HIS in the title. Muy gracias. Here's a beer for your troubles. :corona:



    “The environment here is different and you can appreciate it around here, because it’s about football,” Houston told CSNChicago.com. “And loving the game. If you don’t do that, get out.”

    To me this says a lot about the changes in attitude Trestman and his staff have brought about in year two. There will be no more "not buying in to what they're about". From here on in it's gonna be we're here to win football games as Chicago Bears and if that's not what you're here for we'll find someone else who is.

    The days of free passes and get out of jail free cards for those not pulling their weight and earning their keep are over. I guess this all started last year but now it's really picking up steam with this new bunch. They're here to win, they know it, and they like it.

    I think we're getting our old Bears back.
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    Training camp for the linemen will be violent and brutal. I'm fine with that, but I'm thinking we'll see more TC injuries for both the defensive line and the offensive line. This is going to be completely different from what we've seen in training camp in recent years.
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    Love the guys the Bears are getting, Houston, Allen, Ratliff, all a bunch of football playin' sons of bitches. And that will translate through the rest of the team.
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    Lovie may have given the players comfort, and respect, but he simply was too soft on competition and attitude.

    Trestman has made it clear that he likes competition at as many positions as possible and that make both the staters and more importantly, the depth better.

    It's good to hear our players say the right things. It will help bring in free agents that want to play for a good team even if we are not the highest bidder.

    Wasn't Allen offered more but decided on us?

    Chicago is no longer where WRs go to die, but to thrive, and I think that has spread to the entire club.
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    agreed md, the culture of the team has completely been turned over and I believe Trestman and Emery's ability to communicate a clear image of what they want has helped greatly to do that.
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    Most all of our FA pickups, including Allen, had other options and some were offered better deals but they wanted to come here. Allen said one reason was what we had going on the offensive side of the ball and how tough it was as defender to prepare for our offense!

    :jawdrop:WOW! When was the last time we heard an All Pro DE say that?

    Trestman is looking more and more clever as a HC as time passes. He eased himself in last year and won over the offense but not all of the defense. So out went the old and in came the new and these guys all want to be here and want to play for him. As a result I don't think we'll have any problems putting a very good defense on the field to match our recently discovered offense.

    Just reading the quotes from these new guys has me fired up. They were all looking for a change of scene. Some place better than where they were. A place where they could play for a winner and they chose the Bears. I'd say that's pretty good news. There should be some serious battles going on later this month. I just hope they save the real ones for September and beyond and all come away from camp and preseason healthy. We don't need another year like last one.
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    Nice to hear this from players and not writers making stories up until camp starts. Houston and Allen have the capability to give opponents a lot of headaches. Throw in the rest of the line and it could become a nightmare.
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    Oh I'm kinda salivating over a starting line with Houston and Ratliff on one side and Paea and Allen on the other. That's two really intense tough ass mf'ers and two high motor non-stop maniacs. With that bunch and the depth we're getting from Collins and the rookies I like that line.
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    Wow I can't wait to hear Allen screaming out....he is what the Bears needed.....a player on the line that will back up his words with his play..... Tell me the rest of the line won't be racing each other to the QB.....Goddamn I might even cry a few times this season..I can't wait til it starts....I gots a new bears watch from my recent Bday to wear on gameday to add to my bears outfit....everything has to be bears colors
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    This is for you OBob ...

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    Fixed your thread title. Good article and discussion. :cheers:
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    Many thanks brother. Owing to my typing error it sounded like the title came from a Hollywood script for a western with the Indian Chief speaking. "Like new player. Him speak is mind". :doh:

    :guinness: Here's another beer. I know you love Guinness. :drinkinbuds:
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    I love the preseason chatter. As long they walk the walk.

    "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

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