Locals Schofield, Brown get to show off versatility at Senior Bowl
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter January 21, 2014 10:24PM
Washington v Illinois
Updated: January 22, 2014 12:03AM
MOBILE, Ala. — Michael Schofield learned Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense and Brady Hoke’s pro-style scheme.
The Sandburg High School graduate played his last 26 games as Michigan’s right tackle but the first 10 at left guard.
He’s shifted back to guard this week in the name of a Senior Bowl sacred word: versatility.
“I think I did pretty well in both [college offensive] systems,” the 6-6, 303-pounder said. “I think I can do either.”
Illinois’ Jonathan Brown is doing the same on defense, trying to show he can play outside linebacker in either the 4-3 or 3-4 system.
Like Schofield, he’s projected to be a mid-round pick whose stock can rise this week.
“You have to be a versatile player,” Brown, Illinois’ leading tackler last season, said Tuesday. “No one wants the Stone Age linebacker that plays straight downhill.
“Just like in the professional world, you have to be able to do multiple things. The more you can do, the more appealing you are. The most useful you are.”
Which scheme fits him best is “for the team to decide,” said the 6-0, 224-pound Brown, who played weak-side linebacker for the Illini.
“I think I’m a very versatile player,” he said. “I can play ‘em both. It’s really just a matter of who thinks I can fit their system the best.”
Pasqualoni on hand
Paul Pasqualoni sat with Bears coaches and officials to watch the South team practice Tuesday, further cementing his status as the favorite to land one of the team’s two vacant assistant coaching positions.
The Bears’ interview process continues, however, making it uncertain which role best fits Pasqualoni.
Last week, the 64-year-old interviewed with the Bears, who fired defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar on Jan. 12. Pasqualoni has served both roles as a pro assistant.
Pasqualoni was Syracuse’s head coach from 1991-2004 and was fired as Connecticut’s head coach in September after 2½ years.
Bears coaches and staff members have been instructed by the team to not speak to media this week.
Deion picks Long
Bears rookie guard Kyle Long was the sixth selection of Deion Sanders’ Pro Bowl team Tuesday. The NFL’s first Pro Bowl draft continues with more positions — including those played by the Bears’ Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Tim Jennings — on Wednesday.