I have heard recently through the grape vine that a lot of Bears fans are expecting 2012 first round draft pick Shea McClellin to be the replacement for the great Brian Urlacher. A lot of people question as to why Phil Emery would’ve drafted him so high and this could be the reason it. However, there are two reasons as to why McClellin will never cut it as the Bears inside man:
The Tampa-2, as dated and easily manipulative as it is, is a defense which relies on speed. Greasy, fast speed. Remember, Urlacher has thrived in this defense due to his quickness. He played strong safety in college so the conversion was a bit easier. Shea, while quick, is only quick for a defensive lineman. He wouldn’t be able to cut it at the second level.
Shea came from a run-heavy 3-4 defense. Not exactly the Cover 2 the Bears are used to. While Boise St. ran a hybrid 3-4 with using defensive lineman (Shea in particular) to cover off the ends, it still does not translate well into the zone passing defense that is required from Lovie’s scheme. She would be responsible for the entire middle of the field and would often have to cover TEs or RBs (again: Speed)
Look, the more I read about Shea, the more optimistic I am becoming about the rookie. I still need to see something substantial out of him to prove that he was worth the first round pick however. As of now, I am sticking with my assumption that he is nothing more than a situational pass rusher.
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