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.
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.”