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    Following the example Grizz set of having a single thread for each position I offer this one regarding the LBs.


    Bostic not fazed by competing at multiple spots

    By ARTHUR ARKUSH - aarkush@chicagofootball.com - Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:55 p.m. CDT
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    This is a 2014 photo of Jonathan Bostic of the Chicago Bears NFL football team. This image reflects the Chicago Bears active roster as of Monday, June 16, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)


    BOURBONNAIS — If Jon Bostic is feeling pressure over how much the Bears have put on his plate in his short NFL career, he’s doing a great job of hiding it.

    After making nine starts as a rookie at “Mike” in D.J. Williams’ absence due to a torn pectoral muscle, Bostic, the Bears’ second-round pick in 2013, was expected to compete with Shea McClellin for the starting strong-side opening in 2014.

    In fact, Bostic is competing with both McClellin and Williams for as many as three openings – “Mike,” “Sam,” and Chicago’s second nickel linebacker job alongside Lance Briggs when training camp practices open on Friday.

    Does the constant shuffling make Bostic’s job more intense?

    “Really, I don’t look at it like that,” he said on the first day of training camp. “… basically, they’re paying me to play football… so I’m going to come in here and do exactly what they ask me.”

    After all, the position switches are nothing new for Bostic. He headed to the University of Florida expecting to play “Will,” but the arrival of former Gator Jelani Jenkins pushed Bostic inside to a position “he grew to love.”

    After drafting Bostic and Khaseem Greene last spring, general manager Phil Emery lauded both players for their versatile skill sets that allowed them to play all three linebacker positions. Bostic’s athleticism would seem to eventually make him a natural candidate to be Lance Briggs’ heir apparent, but Briggs is currently as entrenched as any player on the Bears defense. Thus, Bostic knows his best chance of playing is filling one of the current vacancies.

    When he watches his rookie tape, Bostic sees growing pains, largely to be expected given the difficult situation he and the rest of his teammates were put in during an injury-ravaged 2013 season. There are also flashes like his terrific interception against the Ravens, when he draped tight end Dallas Clark 20-plus yards down the middle of the field before flipping his hips and picking off Joe Flacco. It’s exactly the kind of play that has the Bears envisioning Bostic as a weapon in their sub package.

    He said he can build off such positives, but watching the bad tape, often showing an inexperienced player struggling to diagnose and quickly get in position to make plays, is a bigger key to Bostic’s growth.

    “I tend to look more at negative things than positive,” he said, “to make sure that I don’t make the same mistake again.

    Fortunately, the Bears see plenty of positives – enough to entrust Bostic in potentially a number of different roles.

    Bostic promises he’ll be ready for anything that comes his way. “I’m coming here every day, doing what I love to do, so really I can’t ask for more,” he said.
     
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    Thank you for making it easier for all of us to read.

    I wont respond to a LB article outside of this thread.
     
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    For a whole lot of reasons I like this kid far more than I do Khaseem Greene right now and despite the idea that Greene was drafted as a possible heir apparent to Briggs I still think Bostic is the guy whose almost perfect for that WLB spot once Briggs is through.

    But Briggs isn't through now and there's not even a guarantee that he will be after this year either. A lot depends on his play and just how far along the line the Bears get as far as challenging for a SB berth.

    I like Bostic's attitude as much as I like his physical skills. All Herring needs to do is simplify his role and slow the game down for him a bit so he can adapt more easily. We don't know how it's gonna play out yet but it wouldn't surprise me at all if they didn't make Bostic their wild card LB in a rotation this year using him in coverage and moving him around a bit like they should probably do with McClellin as well.

    The way it looks now those two guys are the future stars of our LB core so we might as well start playing them and find out what and where they're best at. Then we need to find out just what we have in Jones and Greene because one of them is likely to be the other LB whose next in line for a shot at playing.
     
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    :guinness: Paragraphs are our friends. LOL

    That's what happens when you've raised your kids on Sesame Street. :rofl2:
     
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    McClellin convinced he belongs at LB

    July, 25, 2014
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    By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Shea McClellin re-affirmed on Friday his conviction that linebacker is “where he belongs” on defense, but added that he remains in the process of refining certain skills necessary to successfully make the transition from defensive end.

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    Specifically, McClellin is trying to train his eyes to see the field from a wider and broader sense at linebacker, as opposed to lining up at defensive end where a player’s field of vision is narrower.

    “That’s one thing I need to work on is getting my eyes right,” McClellin said. “That’s something I need to work on over the next two or three weeks. Especially at middle linebacker, you have to see the whole field and know what’s going on with the entire defense.

    "The more reps I get the more comfortable I feel. I said back in the spring this is where I belong."

    Pushing McClellin back to a two-point stance is expected to have its advantages. While McClellin failed to generate enough sacks as a defensive lineman, there is no denying his pure speed and athleticism. McClellin should greatly benefit from having more open field to work with at linebacker, especially when he is asked to blitz.

    “It helps out because you are out there in space and the guy isn’t on you,” McClellin said.

    Because of McClellin’s high-profile as a former first-round draft pick, the transition to linebacker will be heavily scrutinized over the summer. But the coaching staff appears to remain squarely in McClellin’s corner, including new linebackers coach Reggie Herring.

    Herring, a 33-year coaching veteran, was hired in January to replace Tim Tibesar, who the Bears fired after just one season coaching linebackers.

    “I think[​IMG] Shea has been encouraged by Reggie,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “I think Reggie has a lot of confidence in him and his ability. I think he’s feeling that encouragement, not only by Reggie, but by Mel [Tucker] and by all of us. We’re excited to see where this can go with Shea. It’s the first day, and we’ll continue to watch him progress as we go through camp.”
     
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    See how easy this is when its all on the same page ?

    From CBS Chicago

    Bears Notes: Defense Shows Energy On Day 1


    McClellin comfortable at Mike linebacker

    Wearing 50 on his jersey and sporting a new, slimmer physique, Shea McClellin continued his acclimation process at linebacker. McClellin, a former first-round pick as a defensive end, was moved to linebacker during the offseason, with an eye on the Mike spot but also perhaps on the strong side. Friday marked the start of his first training camp at the new position, one which felt like “home” to him.

    “It’s where I belong,” McClellin said of playing middle linebacker.

    This offseason has brought plenty of time for McClellin to learn the new position, and mini-camps and OTAs have helped to guide the process along. There’s great pressure for McClellin to find his fit at the linebacker position after a failed two years on the defensive line. He’s trying to drown out the outside noise and enjoy the change.

    “It’s definitely fun,” McClellin said. “I feel refreshed coming out here and playing linebacker now. I’m definitely very excited.”

    Day one of the move saw progress from McClellin. He seemed more comfortable and fit in his new frame, and he put together a strong showing. None of it came as a surprise to his coach.

    “I’ve seen it all through the offseason,” Trestman said. “We have a lot of confidence. We’re excited about seeing where this could go with Shea. Today is day one, and we’ll continue to watch him hopefully progress during camp.”

    Depth at the linebacker position will provide great competition for McClellin, making him an underdog to land a starting spot. However, he is optimistic in looking ahead.

    “I’m feeling good,” he said. “There are things I’ve got to work on still, and I’m ready to compete every day, work every day and do the best I can.”
     
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    If we're looking for a somewhat ideal replacement for Urlacher in terms of a guy whose has some similar talent and physical traits then McClellin would be that guy even more so than Bostic. He's an inch shorter and maybe 10lbs lighter but he's got the speed and the range.

    I don't know how it'll all break down but based just on gut feel right now in another year or two I could see Bostic and WLB, McClellin at MLB, and Jones at SLB. To me that's how I see them fitting but that's now.
     
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    Shea McClellin: The Bears' 2012 first-round pick would have sacked Jimmy Clausen in 11-on-11 drills if hitting the quarterback was allowed. McClellin worked around the left edge as the play developed, evidence of how his mobility and vision as a linebacker could be an asset to the Bears' pass rush. Of course, the most important evaluations of McClellin will begin once the pads come out Sunday and he has to move blockers.

    Jon Bostic: He was the second-string middle linebacker in the base defense but played with the first-string in the nickel package. Before team drills, position coach Reggie Herring took care in coaching Bostic on his pass reads and drops. Bostic played some outside linebacker in team drills, as well.

    Shea McClellin (strong), D.J. Williams (middle) and Lance Briggs (weak) started at linebacker in the base defense. Briggs and Jon Bostic were the starters in nickel.
     
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    I really don't care who comes out on top as long we get quality play. That said, better players in front of them will help.
     
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    Heres what gets me about BEARS fans ... 50 years ... 50 minutes...

    the passion remains the same.

    Its like you are born with this shit in your genes ... you didnt ask for it ...

    it just is.
     
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