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Who will be the best *Sack Surprise*?

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Posted: 7/21/2014 12:50 PM

Who will be the best *Sack Surprise*? 


Yes, we picked up the big name D-end who's renowned for his sack totals, but he wasn't the fist guy the Bears went after to fix their defense. 

The Bears have added quite a few defensive pieces and more than just one that's capable of putting up some numbers in the sack dept., and they have high hope on several having a break-out season, including Young, Houston, and Mclellin from his new LB'r spot.  Can Wilson find his wheels again and be an impact rusher from the safety position?  Can Bass break through?  Can one of the Rookie DT's?  I din't list Ratliff, because he's long in the tooth and I see him more as a run-stopper this year... but maybe you see him as having a big season rushing the passer? 

I'm not looking, necessarily, for who you think will get the most sacks this year.... I want you to pick the guy who you think you'll look at, at the end of the season, and say "DAMN __________, NICE JOB!"

    Rushing the Passer... Who's Going to Step Up?

  1. Poll closed on 07/28/2014
  2. Allen (what it'd take for this guy to be a surprise?): 7 votes
  3. Houston (Opposite Allen? Big Potential!): 10 votes
  4. Young (He'll get is rotational snaps & a good chance): 8 votes
  5. Bass (This guy has potential if he can see the field): 0 votes
  6. Collins (Said he was 'breaking-out' before his injury): 0 votes
  7. Sutton (the best bet between the rooks?): 4 votes
  8. Ferguson (he was picked #2, afterall): 0 votes
  9. McClellin (Opptimism abounds at his new LB's spot): 4 votes
  10. One of the other LB's? (Briggs, Bostic, Williams?): 0 votes
  11. One of the safety's? (an increase in Safety blitz's?): 0 votes





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Posted: 7/21/2014 1:49 PM

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I don't know if anyone's going to surprise us.  Maybe if Allen gets 12 sacks it's a surprise because he's older.  But 12 seems reachable for him.  I don't think Lamarr Houston will get a lot of sacks because he's more of a runstopper guy.  Maybe 6 or 7 for him.  Ego Ferguson only had one sack at LSU.  He's also a runstop specialist.  Will Sutton might get some sacks out of the DT position because he's a penetrator.  But I'm not expecting much there, since he's a rookie.  I voted for Willie Young who will play lots in passing situations.  He's still considered to have upside and probably hasn't reached his potential.   I don't expect him to surprise, but maybe he's the most likely to surprise.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 10:19 AM

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If we're looking for the best *Sack Surprise*, maybe we should be looking at CB, Tim Jennings.  He will be playing some nickel back and doing some blitzing, so he's now working on his pass rush moves with guru Joe Kim (who normally works with the D line on their pass rush moves).  Throw in these skills with his speed & strength and we may have something to get excited about!   You can read more about this in today's ESPN article by Michel Wright.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 10:33 AM

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I'd rather have a full stable of good rushers than one dominant guy.

10 Allen
8 Houston
7 Young
7 McCellin
6 Sutton
Plus a handful from blitzing LB's and DB's.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 11:20 AM

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So, 40+ sacks this year?
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I'd rather have a full stable of good rushers than one dominant guy.

10 Allen
8 Houston
7 Young
7 McCellin
6 Sutton
Plus a handful from blitzing LB's and DB's.

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Posted: 7/22/2014 11:34 AM

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Nice to have so many candidates.  With so many to worry about, opposing D's are going to have their hands full ...or at least that's the plan.

I think there should be a combined statistic of sacks with TFL. I think  we see Sutton outperform in that situation, if he's given enough time on the field.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 12:34 PM

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Wouldn't we all, and by no means did I suggest we wouldn't.  However, based on the numbers you've listed below, there are some nice surprises, but the nicest one, to me, would be Sutton with 6. I expect Houston to get into double digits, while Allen might struggle to. I'd like to see Young closer to 10.  I'd be thrilled with 7 from McClellin. 

Like someone said, I think the Bears will have a bevy of potential QB rushers, including some real potential from the Safety position.  It should be fun.


njc41980 wrote: I'd rather have a full stable of good rushers than one dominant guy.

10 Allen
8 Houston
7 Young
7 McCellin
6 Sutton
Plus a handful from blitzing LB's and DB's.





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Posted: 7/22/2014 5:04 PM

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I voted for Sutton. From what I've seen/read he was a force on the field in 2012 and is supposedly back to that playing weight. I think time spent with Pasqualoni, Allen, and maybe most importantly Ratliff will do him wonders. I personally feel he could up being the best pick in this draft for us.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 5:22 PM

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OsidiousTheEmphatic wrote: I voted for Sutton. From what I've seen/read he was a force on the field in 2012 and is supposedly back to that playing weight. I think time spent with Pasqualoni, Allen, and maybe most importantly Ratliff will do him wonders. I personally feel he could up being the best pick in this draft for us.
Count me in, I voted for Sutton too!
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Posted: 7/22/2014 6:53 PM

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OsidiousTheEmphatic wrote: I voted for Sutton. From what I've seen/read he was a force on the field in 2012 and is supposedly back to that playing weight. I think time spent with Pasqualoni, Allen, and maybe most importantly Ratliff will do him wonders. I personally feel he could up being the best pick in this draft for us.

Well, I have to admit I hadn't watch much film of Sutton... still haven't.... but this got me fired up!





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Posted: 7/23/2014 12:54 PM

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Exactly!biggrin
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So, 40+ sacks this year?
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--- njc41980 wrote:

I'd rather have a full stable of good rushers than one dominant guy.

10 Allen
8 Houston
7 Young
7 McCellin
6 Sutton
Plus a handful from blitzing LB's and DB's.

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Posted: 7/23/2014 2:13 PM

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I'm surprised so many people picked Young.

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Posted: 7/23/2014 2:41 PM

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I think Houston will have a great year.  He was the best player on OAKs D now pair him with Allen who will will take most of the attention of offenses he could improve on his sacks. 

Ratliff as well... if he has anything left in the tank will only bring more attention to that side.
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Posted: 7/24/2014 6:55 PM

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Muntz wrote: I'm surprised so many people picked Young.
No kidding!  The Young signing is still my biggest WTF of the offseason.  He's been in the league 4 years.  His career year is 3 sacks in 15 starts (he was not just a rotational player).  He's slighter than McClellin, but is somehow expected to escape being rag-dolled the way Shea was.

And I didn't vote because Ratliff, the only player the Bears have on their DL, is not on the list.

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Posted: 7/24/2014 7:49 PM

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Muntz wrote: I'm surprised so many people picked Young.
I picked him, not because I think he'll surprise us, because I couldn't really think of anyone else.  It's been said that he maybe hasn't reached his potential.  But who knows?   I don't think anyone else will surprise us.  Houston's not really much of a sack guy.  I don't see any of the DT's being a surprise.  I don't know, maybe Sutton.  For Allen to be a surprise, he'll probably have to get 14-15 sacks, since he's older now.   I'm expecting about 10 or so.  I suppose McClellin could be a good pick.  Maybe he'll get some sacks from the linebacker position.
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Posted: 7/25/2014 3:38 AM

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638507 wrote:
Muntz wrote: I'm surprised so many people picked Young.
No kidding!  The Young signing is still my biggest WTF of the offseason.  He's been in the league 4 years.  His career year is 3 sacks in 15 starts (he was not just a rotational player).  He's slighter than McClellin, but is somehow expected to escape being rag-dolled the way Shea was.

And I didn't vote because Ratliff, the only player the Bears have on their DL, is not on the list.
I don't know what is all the hype about Young.  I think he can be a David Bass type player, with potential to be better, but I do see what you mean about his lack of size. 

I was talking with my brother a couple of days ago about the issue that the Bears are going to have some difficulty dealing with the physicality of the 49ers in game 2 of the regular season.  And the same thing would happen if the Bears meet the Seahawks in the playoffs.  Even though we have added some new blood and the D should be much better than last year, the D is still not physical enough.  The fact that this is a 4-3 defense, doesn't mean that the NT has to be small.  Paea came to the team with the hype about his super strength, but he has been nothing but a bust, and injury prone. Also, the Bears OL is a finesse zone blocking type OL, that could get a pounding from the physical 49ers defense. I hope that the Bears can make a statement of the game with the 49ers, but it won't be easy.

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Posted: 7/27/2014 3:53 PM

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GameBear wrote:
I was talking with my brother a couple of days ago about the issue that the Bears are going to have some difficulty dealing with the physicality of the 49ers in game 2 of the regular season.
Interesting that you should admire the physicality of the 49ers who play 3-4 with an atypical defensive line.  Although their linebackers are exactly average size for 3-4 linebackers, their front 3 total 50 lbs lighter than the average line of all the other 3-4 defenses.  Because 3-4 and 4-3 defenses need such different linemen there's probably no lesson to be learned here.  But I find it ironic that fans complained thruout the Lovie years about how undernourished the defensive line was, and that this year's answer to last year's disaster is to acquire heavier defensive lineman.
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Posted: 7/27/2014 9:51 PM

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I voted for Sutton, but after watching tape of Fuller, think that he could be up there too.

Sure hope Christian Jones makes the 53, cause he'll be in the mix as well.
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