In this Monday edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at a receiver gunning for the third string job behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, more changes to the team’s defense besides just shifting Shea McClellin to linebacker, and what Jared Allen is going to bring to the party on the defensive line.
- We begin with our pal Dan Durkin, who does a nice job of breaking down the high-low concept that the Chicago Bears’ offense uses. [CBS Chicago]
- Stephen Paea is a confident guy going into the season, telling the media this week that “we’re just gonna run through the O-Lines that come into our stadium.” As Chris Boden pointed out, hopefully that means they’ll play well on the road too. [CSN Chicago]
- The team’s decision to shift McClellin back to linebacker is a big change schematically, but there are plenty of other changes worthy of note on this defense. [Daily Herald]
- Why did the Bears sign Jimmy Clausen next week? Michael C. Wright discusses that in his weekly Twitter mailbag. [ESPN Chicago]
- Jared Allen is going to provide plenty of punch of his own on the defensive line, but where his presence really could be felt is when looking at the numbers that Lamarr Houston is going to put up on the other side of the line. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- The Bears are already pretty well set at wide receiver, with Marshall and Jeffery roaming the field looking for Jay Cutler passes, but Marquess Wilson is going to be looking to step into the void created by the departure of Earl Bennett from the roster. [Chicago Tribune]
- Finally, the Bears gave Cutler a massive extension last year, but does that decision to give him that contract represent a silly strategy that’s evolving in the modern NFL? Yahoo! Sports tackles that question. [Shutdown Corner]