As OTA’s at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, IL, June 6th was the last practice open to the media. OLB’s Pernell McPhee and Willie Young took the podium today and had one thing in common: both talked about second year pro Leonard Floyd.
Floyd, who has gained 25 pounds this offseason, showed flashes of what he can be as a pro last season. Hopefully Floyd’s “slim” frame is gone putting him in a much better position against the opposing offensive tackle.
When talking about the Bears outside linebacker group, the first thing that comes to mind is health. Besides Willie Young, the group has not been at full strength. Will they be this season. Only one can hope, but when they are, McPhee says the group is capable of “Dominate and destroying every opponent that we face.”
McPhee, who lost some weight this offseason, feels great and healthy. The way I see it, McPhee has yet to live up to his contract. Only 10 sacks in the past two seasons is not going to cut it for the 28 year-old. Yes injury is apart of the game, but now McPhee really has to turn it up.
Young, 7.5 sacks last season, will be another key player to the Bears defense this season. The Bears extended Young last offseason, showing their trust and liking in his three seasons in Chicago. Also, his reliability is high, only missing two games during his Chicago tenure.
“Bring the pain baby, bring the pain, Young said on what he wants to see out of Floyd this season. I have no doubt in my mind he’s going to be bring it.”
When McPhee was asked about how well him and Floyd could be as a duo, his response: “That’s scary.” Yes, it can be.
With both men healthy, McPhee and Floyd could become one of the best duos in the NFL. Those two guys will be hard for opposing offense’s to gameplan against. Their combination of size, speed, and athleticism will make it hard on any tackle they go up against.
As a whole, the Bears OLB group has a lot of potential, if they stay healthy. I know I sound like a broken record right now, but it’s true. If you have Floyd, McPhee, Young, and Houston at full force, watch out. I’m expecting big things from this group this season like most others are.
The Bears have two more OTA sessions left, June 8-9, before the offseason program ends with mandatory minicamp from June 13-15.