Bears could surprise us with this defensive tackle

By now we all know general manager Phil Emery likes to throw in a curve ball when it comes to the draft. Kyle Long and Shea McClellin were surprises and no one saw Alshon Jeffery coming either. We also know Emery hasn’t exactly had a keen eye when it comes to drafting defensive players. With all the information we have, don’t be surprised if he picks Minnesota defensive tackle...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bears are stacked at outside linebacker

As we continue to preview each position in the draft, we shift our focus to outside linebackers. It’s a very talented crop this year led by Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr. The Bears also have their own talented group. Lance Briggs will look to lead this new look defense. He’s still one of the best outside linebackers in the league even going into his 12th season. It’s up in the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Shea McClellin the wildcard in the Chicago Bears LB corps?

The Chicago Bears have been extremely aggressive in trying to upgrade their defensive line through free agency this offseason. They have chosen the opposite approach, counting on in-house improvement, regarding the linebackers. The Bears’ defense ranked last in the league against the rush last year. They were also 25th of 32 teams in allowing 7.7 yards per pass attempt and tied...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Bears free agent signings provide versatility on the defensive line

As the Chicago Bears continued to add to their roster on Day Three of free agency with defensive end Willie Young they’ve added even more flexibility on draft day. The big name added to the Bears was defensive end Lamarr Houston, from Oakland. Houston played most of his downs in a two-point stance against left tackles last season. The previous two seasons he went against right...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Do the Bears need to make a move at linebacker?

As our own Ross Read pointed out, the Bears have decided to stick with their 4-3 system.  Brian Orakpo, widely regarded as the best free agent linebacker, was given the franchise tag by the Redskins on Monday.  The Bears meanwhile, have veteran Lance Briggs coming back in 2014, along with three young players, including Shea McClellin who was moved from defensive end to linebacker...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears are not in the market for a linebacker

The Bears announced they will stay in a 4-3 style squashing any hopes of switching to a 3-4 and possibly signing Washington outside linebacker Brian Orkapo. Jon Bostic, Lance Briggs, Khaseem Greene and now Shea McClellin will compete for the starting roles. Briggs is cemented into weak side linebacker position leaving the other players to battle for the other two spots. D.J. Williams...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears need a reliable pass rusher

Last season the Bears were only able to muster up a paltry 31.0 sacks. Their primary pass rusher and person accounted for a big chunk of salary had only 7.5 of the 31.0. Julius Peppers’ play has hit a sharp decline and the Bears must now find a new primary pass rusher. When you look at this year’s crop of free agents, there’s no shortage of quality defensive ends. Yesterday...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Combine News: McClellin to compete for strongside job, while Bostic will focus mainly in the middle

The Chicago Bears made a very wise decision on Thursday. The Bears announced that third-year man Shea McClellin will be moved from defensive end to strongside linebacker and second-year linebacker Jonathan Bostic will focus mainly in the middle. Both defenders will see time in the middle and at strongside throughout the off-season, but the move makes sense especially for McClellin...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Combine could shape the Bears offseason plan

The NFL Combine is typically referred to as a meat market, but it’s a meat market that the Bears value and could help determine what their plan is this offseason. What we know about general manager Phil Emery is that he likes athletes. Both of his first-round picks Shea McClellin and Kyle Long tested out among the best at their positions at the combine in 2012 and 2013 and most...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Trestman outlines plan at linebacker

At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine this morning, Bears head coach Marc Trestman outline his plan for the team’s linebackers this season, which includes Shea McClellin, D.J. Williams and more.
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Fixing the Chicago Bears Part I - Defensive Line

The 2013 Chicago Bears had one of the worst defenses in recent memory, or any memory for that matter. They had problems getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which in turn hurt the secondary's ability to be able to defend the pass. Teams averaged over 160 yards per game on the ground against the Bears in 2013, and they gave up 18 runs of 20 yards or more in 16 games played...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears offseason to do list – Defense

The sun shines a little brighter this year on Halas Hall during a cold Chicago winter. This time last year, GM Phil Emery had just selected his successor to Lovie Smith and there were many doubts whether the guy from Canada could get the job done. First time NFL coach Marc Trestman silenced many of those doubters during the 2013 campaign. Even with his team going a mediocre 8-8,...
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Will Move Shea McClellin to Strong-Side Linebacker

The Chicago Tribune has confirmed that the Chicago Bears will move former DE Shea McClellin to strong-side linebacker. The change has been a long time coming, and will benefit both the Bears defense, as well as McClellin. From day one, McClellin just didn’t fit into the role of an NFL Defensive lineman. He has enough speed to rush the passer, and showed flashes of that during...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears moving Shea McClellin to linebacker

getty images The Chicago Bears are moving 2012 first-round pick Shea McClellin to linebacker for 2014 according to the Chicago Tribune. McClellin has never had success as a pass-rusher and the Bears are hopeful that he could transform into a Bruce Irvin type linebacker. In two seasons since being drafted the 24-year-old McClellin has 6.5 sacks and 44 tackles.
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears defensive changes coming but likely not Tucker

All indications on Thursday were that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will remain in place for the 2014 season. But some of his players will not. Shea McClellin’s future will not be as an every down defensive end with his hand in the ground. Indeed, that was not the role envisioned for him when the Bears made him the No. 19 pick of the 2012 draft. Jonathan Bostic was a middle...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Switch to linebacker may save McClellin’s career

The Chicago Bears top duo of head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery strongly hinted that the career of 2012 first rounder Shea McClellin is going to change drastically this offseason, possibly with a new position. Emery was very upfront about the first draft pick he made as general manager of the Bears. McClellin has ability, but the productivity doesn’t necessarily...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

A Few Reasons Chicago Fans Should Be Upset With The Refs

Complaining won’t magically get the Chicago Bears into the playoffs, but there are at least a few reasons Chicago fans should be upset with the officiating in yesterday’s game. The Chicago Bears defense held the Green Bay Packers to 4th down three separate times during the game winning drive, and the Pack converted them all in their 33-28 win. But, on this particular 4th and...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears’ Shea McClellin looking for another important break

Testing the health and resolve of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers involves one thing — and one thing only — from the Bears in the eyes of defensive end Shea McClellin. ‘‘Hit ’em,’’ McClellin said. “That’s how you rattle any quarterback. Get pressure on them.’’ McClellin just might get some star-like treatment Sunday because no player has shaken...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Game of the Week: Bears

A Packers-Bears rendezvous hardly needs added gravitas. The Black and Blue battle is one of the most heated (God help Shea McClellin if he ever wonders into Wisconsin) and balanced (Chicago leads by a thin margin of 93-86-6) in league history. Yet Week's 17 rendition of his rivalry holds a gridiron gratuity: whoever emerges victorious claims the NFC North division title, punching...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Game of the Week: Packers

A Packers-Bears rendezvous hardly needs added gravitas. The Black and Blue battle is one of the most heated (God help Shea McClellin if he ever wonders into Wisconsin) and balanced (Chicago leads by a thin margin of 93-86-6) in league history. Yet Week's 17 rendition of his rivalry holds a gridiron gratuity: whoever emerges victorious claims the NFC North division title, punching...
Via Fox Sports
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers fan performs sacred ritual to heal Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone (video)

The last time Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in a Nov. 4 game against the Chicago Bears, a game in which he suffered a broken left collarbone when Bears defensive end Shea McClellin sacked him during the team’s first series. Since then, the Packers have gone 1-3-1 and the outlook for the team […]The post Green Bay Packers fan performs sacred ritual to heal Aaron...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Defensive end McClellin returns to Bears lineup

Defensive end Shea McClellin is back in the lineup for the Chicago Bears after missing two games with a hamstring injury. But against St. Louis on Sunday, Chicago's line is missing tackle Stephen Paea, who is inactive with a toe injury. Rams rookie safety T.J. McDonald was activated from injured reserve-designated for return Saturday and could start. He started the first four...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears Expecting Defensive End Shea McClellin to Play Sunday

The Chicago Bears are a team renowned for defense. Their synonymous with legendary names like Singletary and Butkus, yet this season they are playing like the Powder Puff Extreme. Via Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the Bears have the third-worst defense in the league, coming in with a -77.8 grade (+/- grading scale). A large portion of their lack of defensive success...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

McClellin: “I feel 100 percent”

Shea McClellin says he will play this Sunday against the Rams. The same can’t be said about Stephen Paea, Isaiah Frey and Craig Steltz, plus the rest of Wednesday’s injury report.
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Bennett active; McClellin out for Bears

Chicago Bears tight ed Martellus Bennett will play today, while defensive end Shea McClellin will miss his second straight contest due to a hamstring injury.
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

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