Our Bears Insider JJ Stankevitz talked with Kevin White recently, and the wide-ranging conversation touched on all sorts of on- and off-field topics. One bit of especially interesting conversation came when White got into the lengths he would go in order to prove that he isn't the 'bust' that many label him to be:
But I just wish I could’ve gave the city of Chicago the talent that they drafted. That’s what I was fighting so hard for, I gotta show the fans. If I could at least show the fans? Chicago, don’t pay me. Pay me zero dollars. But I need to show the fans. I have to. I have to. I need to. I feel like that would’ve made me happy and been like okay, at least I gave them one year. But I would play this game for free.
Exaggeration or not, it's clear that White still feels the desire to get back onto an NFL roster. He's going to continue training and hope that his phone rings once NFL training camps start this summer. The rest, as he says, is out of his control:
Some dudes are like man, you got the money, why are you still playing? Why are you putting your body through this? Man, because it’s not about the money for me. Yes, it makes some things easier, buying the things you want and stuff like that. But the materialistic things could be here today, gone tomorrow. I want the thing that’s gonna last forever, like man, you remember Kevin White against Detroit when he did (that)? Or a little kid that wants to play football that’s like man, I look up to Kevin White. He went through not playing at all in high school to junior college to missing a season to getting drafted, three injuries and then to get to Arizona, injury, and now look. That’s the story I want.
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JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Adam Hoge debate and discuss which quarterback GM Ryan Pace should have gone after this offseason.
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(1:51) - Did the Bears make the right decision by going after Nick Foles?
(7:47) - Is Cam Newton's upside bigger than Foles'?
(18:00) - What can the NFL learn from MLB's return-to-play plan?
(30:23) - NFL will shorten the preseason to two games
(37:00) - Bears coverage will change this year
(45:13) - Jay Cutler's missing chickens
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The failures of former Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd have been well documented. His inability to develop into the kind of pass rusher GM Ryan Pace was expecting when he selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2016 forced Chicago to make a massive investment in the position this offseason when they signed Robert Quinn to a five-year, $70 million deal.
The Bears' decision to move on from Floyd was the result of his absolute failure to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. He managed just 18.5 sacks in four seasons in Chicago, including a career-low three in 2019.
Quinn represents a massive upgrade opposite Khalil Mack, and he told Terrell Owens on the 'Getcha Popcorn Ready' podcast that he wants to be the missing piece on what could be a championship-caliber defense.
"They already have the talent there," Quinn said of the Bears defense. "I'm just trying to bring the icing on the cake. I believe in my talents. I know what I bring to the table and again I know what they had there already.
"I think with that formula, we can do something special this year."
Quinn had a bounce-back season in 2019 with the Cowboys when he registered 11.5 sacks. It was his first season with more than 10 sacks since 2014, but it wasn't a fluke. Quinn's battled injuries over the last few years (which is obviously a concern moving forward), but when healthy, he's one of the game's top sack artists.
Quinn had a remarkable 19 sacks in 2013 with the Rams.
Quinn's presence off the edge will be a boon for Mack, who's coming off his worst season since his rookie year. His 8.5 sacks broke his streak of four-straight seasons with 10.5 sacks or more. Mack's down season was proof that he isn't Superman, although he sometimes plays like it, and that he needs a complementary edge rusher who can take some focus of pass protection away from him. Quinn will be that guy.
The only thing that will prevent Quinn from making a massive impact with the Bears is his health. He's played a full 16 games just once in the last five years; he appeared in 14 games in 2019.