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McClellin leading Bears in tackles for defense 'starting to play together'

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McClellin leading Bears in tackles for defense 'starting to play together'

Few Bears have gone down as many different paths as Shea McClellin and races are not won before the quarter pole. But McClellin’s conversion to inside linebacker after unsuccessful fits at defensive end and strongside linebacker already has produced results beyond those at his previous two stops.

McClellin currently leads the Bears with 29 tackles, matching his entire output from the 2013 season, based on the team’s internal film review. If there is a concern it is that McClellin has yet to make a tackle for loss but he is not alone in that respect.

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Linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Adrian Amos are the only non-linemen to have a tackle for loss through three games. McPhee was credited with two TFL’s against the Seattle Seahawks to go with his first two sacks of 2015.

McPhee has five multi-sack games in his career. Four of those have come in his last 13 regular-season games, dating back to Week 7 last season with the Baltimore Ravens.

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“Some of that [attack] ‘dog’ started coming out,” McPhee said on Monday. “That’s that fun part. Jarvis [Jenkins, defensive end], a guy like me, you know, Shea, a couple guys, Amos, Big Eddie [Goldman] – it was a lot of them.

“The whole 11, including the other guys who came off the bench; you could see in some of the plays we were playing with an attitude, we were playing with a swag, and all that goes to show that it’s coming along. The defense is starting to play together.”

Khalil Mack to undergo additional tests on right ankle this week

Khalil Mack to undergo additional tests on right ankle this week

My kingdom for a healthy right ankle. 

After Khalil Mack hurt his ankle during the Bears' 31-28 loss to Miami last Sunday, the team will reportedly send Mack for further testing: 

While we still don't know exactly what this entails, it's obviously not great news. Mack's been the leader of a defense that ranks as one of -- if not the -- NFL's best. He leads the team in sacks (5) -- for which he's also in the top-10 of all defensive players in the NFL-- and forced fumbles (4). 

And who just so happens to be coming to Soldier Field next Sunday? Tom Brady! Rob Gronkowski! A Patriots team that has succeeded for YEARS on exploiting bad linebacker matchups! Terrific. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!