Chicago Bears Positional Preview: Outside Linebacker

The linebacking corps of the Chicago Bears has expanded with the shift from the 4-3 to 3-4 defense. Let's take a look at who will be plugging up offenses from the outside linebacker position this season.Jared AllenAt 33 years of age, the 12-year veteran will be making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in the new defensive format for the Bears.Last season was...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Three Bears Who Need To Step Up Their Game in 2015

Before the 2014 season, many analysts projected the Bears to improve from their 8-8 standing in 2013 and begin the push toward a playoff berth. But instead of a playoff berth in 2014, the Bears drastically backtracked to a 5-11 record to finish in the cellar of the NFC North.Last year, the Bears had many excuses as to why their play diminished: Marc Trestman had no control of the...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio Looks to Live Up to Hype

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 21: Willie Young #97 of the Chicago Bears and Jeremiah Ratliff #90 with Jared Allen #69 celebrates after he sacked Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Soldier Field on December 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Among the long list of transactions by the Chicago Bears this offseason, hiring...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: Position battles to monitor in training camp

The Chicago Bears‘ roster has endured a major turnover this offseason, with plenty of new faces in Chicago. Entering training camp, their roster will boast up to forty players that either did not make the roster last season or were not even in camp with the Bears a year ago at this time. A roster that goes through that much change undoubtedly offers a few interesting positional...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Is the New Orleans Saints’ Passing Attack Still Class of the NFC South?

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 15: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass to Nick Toon #88 of the New Orleans Saints (not pictured) as Jared Allen #69 of the Chicago Bears defends during the third quarter at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) It was no surprise that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees once...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Power Rankings: How Good are the Bears?

Once a month, TopSportsReport releases an NFL power rankings article.  Our power rankings serve as a way to measure where each NFL team’s talent level is in relation to the others.  We have just released the June edition of our NFL power rankings article. To find out where Devereaux Frazier ranks Jay Cutler, Kyle Long, Jared Allen and the Chicago Bears, click the link below...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bears will need more than new schemes to be successful on defense

The Chicago Bears defense is in the middle of a restructuring with new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and hope is springing eternal, but without the proper supporting cast, that high spirit could quickly sink into despair. According to Matt Bowen of the Chicago Tribune, much has been made about Fangio's defensive mind, but there are only so much a coach can do drawing up brilliant...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Korea Times anoints Chicago Bears as Stanley Cup champions

It’s a good day for the Chicago Bears, who don’t even play hockey, but have been declared as the Stanley Cup champions by The Korea Times: There’s just a slight difference between the Bears and the Blackhawks, but, hey, maybe Bears fit better in that headline. This does raise intriguing questions about how the Bears would do at hockey, though. Jay Cutler, power-play quarterback...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the Chicago Bears defensive position groups

Last week I ranked the Chicago Bears offensive position groups, this week it’s the defense’s turn. The newly revamped 3-4 defense will be littered with question marks until we finally are able to see them play in a few games. That will make ranking the defensive position groups much harder than the offensive, but based on the talent and projection of the players on the roster...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

New-look Chicago Bears show evidence of team chemistry

John Mullin of CSN Chicago likens the rebuilt Chicago Bears to "the first day of high school for freshmen" and cites an exchange between veteran pass-rusher Jared Allen and 2015 free agency acquisition Pernell McPhee as evidence of building chemistry. "You know Pernell the other day gave me a tip," Allen told CSN Chicago. "I thought, 'Oh that makes so much sense,' and things kind...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears OLB Jared Allen studying film of Aldon Smith, other 3-4 greats

Making the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker is not the easiest thing for a 33-year-old to do, especially when he's the NFL's active sack leader after 11 seasons as a 4-3 defensive end. But with the Chicago Bears in 2015, Jared Allen aims to add to his 134.0 career sacks from a two-point stance. It's unfamiliar and unnatural, so Allen is analyzing film of some of the finest 3...
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DC Vic Fangio winning over Bears defense: 'Vic is the ultimate defensive coach'

New Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio built his reputation with the vaunted 49ers defense and now he's trying to the same thing in the Windy City. Fangio's passion for good defensive play is trickling over to the players, who say they love working with the coach. “Vic is the ultimate defensive coach,” outside linebacker Sam Acho said, via the Chicago Sun-Times...
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Jared Allen Transitions With Chicago Bears to 3-4 Defense

CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 16: Jared Allen #69 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Michael Harris #79 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 21-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Chicago Bears have undergone some fundamental changes to the heart of its infamous over the years. Along with them...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Bears enjoying fresh start on defense

Chicago Bears defensive end turned linebacker Jared Allen said that the defense is enjoying a 'fresh start' after a terrible 2014 campaign. Bears coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace are hoping to see a jump in production from veteran and Allen believes the unit is on the right track. "Everything is different," Jared Allen said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's kind...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jared Allen embracing new role

The Chicago Bears have themselves a new defensive coordinator in Vic Fangio which is forcing Jared Allen to adjust to a new position. Allen had stated in the past that he would not be interested in playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. However, after a down 2014 Jared Allen has begun to change his tune. Allen admitted that his dislike for the outside linebacker position...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Jared Allen adjusting well to new role at outside linebacker

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but try telling that new Chicago Bears linebacker Jared Allen, who happened to have been the team's old defensive end in 2014. He once vowed to never learn the position; however, new coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio felt he could make the transition, while Allen termed his reluctance to play the position as 'ignorance...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears’ Jared Allen ‘having fun’ in new OLB role

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY SportsJared Allen never wanted to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  But now that the Chicago Bears pass rusher is forced to play the position, he’s enjoying it. “You know what, that was a little ignorance talking, I have to be honest,” Allen said, via ESPN.com. “I didn’t know anything about it [playing OLB]. I obviously do love the traditional...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Jared Allen makes major change on Chicago Bears defense

Veteran pass rushing linebacker Jared Allen is one of the few consistent players on the Chicago Bears defense, which has ranked third worst in the league over the past two seasons. With new head coach John Fox and former San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio now on the staff, the Bears are already making significant changes to their defense. Per ESPN.com, Allen...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Bears Defense?

View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Vic Fangio on Jared Allen: “I think he can have a rebirth to his career here playing a little bit of a new position”

The Chicago Bears are looking for more production from DE Jared Allen this upcoming season. After having a disappointing 2014 season, many believe that Allen is on the downside of his career. Now with the arrival of new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears are changing from the 4-3 defense Allen is accustomed too. Fangio doesn’t think that I will be that hard for Allen to...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Jared Allen have a rebirth this season?

Can Jared Allen have a rebirth this season? According to Kevin Patra of nfl.com, the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio believes he can. But get this, Fangio feels Jared Allen can have a rebirth at a new position and that is at outside linebacker. Fangio implores a 3-4 and much of the holdovers from the most recent regime are natural 4-3 defensive ends now being looked...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears DC: Jared Allen can have 'rebirth' at linebacker

Jared Allen, it’s time to be born again. Allen was recently the most feared pass-rusher in the NFL, but his production fell off a cliff in his first season with the Chicago Bears last year. New defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, believes Allen is going to have another big year under his guidance in 2015: He did well in the minicamp we...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Jared Allen Talks About Learning New Position

Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen is in a place in his career that he hasn’t been in for years — a learning phase. After the Chicago Bears decided to switch to a 3-4 base defense for the 2015 NFL season, it was announced that Allen, along with many other former defensive ends, would be moving to outside linebacker. This type of position change is perhaps the most common...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: 7-round mock, 2nd edition

Round 1, Pick 7: Vic Beasley, Outside linebacker/defensive end, Clemson Even with the recent signings of Pernell McPhee and Jarvis Jenkins, the Bears lack depth and considerable experience on the defensive edge. While Dante Fowler of Florida is a more complete player, Beasley is more likely to be on the board when the seventh pick rolls around. He carried his added weight (which...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Fans **** All Over Jared Allen’s Birthday

As the Chicago Bears do for all their current players and even for some former players, their social media pages passed along happy birthday wishes for Jared Allen today. Entering his second year with Chicago, Allen is looking to bounce back after a horrible debut season with the Bears, in which he tallied a career-low 5.5 sacks. With a new defensive coordinator and new scheme under...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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