Rookie Shea McClellin not happy with start to camp
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com July 29, 2012 10:56PM
Rookie defensive end Shea McClellin says he has been underwhelmed by his performance early in camp. | Nam Y. Huh~AP
BEARS CAMP WATCH
THE TICE FACTOR
Center Roberto Garza and the rest of the offensive linemen know exactly what new offensive coordinator Mike Tice is all about after he coached the unit last season. As for the rest of the offense is seeing from Tice, Garza said players better understand accountability. “You know where you stand with him, and it’s going to be good for everybody,’’ Garza said. “He’s going to hold everyone accountable, and I think that’s what we need. Everyone needs to know their role and go out there and execute.’’
Receiver Brandon Marshall continued to show Pro Bowl ability Sunday, but not late in practice. He caught a pass from Jay Cutler, took two steps and had the ball stripped. That’s a big no-no with Lovie Smith.
The new collective-bargaining agreement made Monday the first mandatory day off for players, but that doesn’t mean the coaches have the same luxury. Smith pointed that out and stressed that while they have no control over what the players do, treatment for some and rest for others would be a good plan.
Monday: No practice
Tuesday: 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 9 vs. Broncos 7:30
Aug. 18 vs. Redskins 7
Aug. 24 at Giants 7
Aug. 30 at Browns 6:30
The Bears open the season against the Colts at noon Sept. 9.
Updated: August 31, 2012 6:17AM
BOURBONNAIS — There were the usual rookie mistakes from defensive end Shea McClellin in practice Sunday.
The first-round pick didn’t stay home on a reverse, he allowed offensive linemen to get inside position on him too often and he danced around too much when tight ends came to block him.
Those can be corrected.
But what has to be catching the eyes of Bears coaches, and maybe even raising a red flag, is how dominated McClellin has been through two days of practice in pads.
This isn’t a rookie getting worked over by first-teamers Gabe Carimi and J’Marcus Webb. The 6-3, 260-pounder was having trouble against third-teamers James Brown and Tyler Hendrickson.
After practice, McClellin gave his training-camp performance a big thumbs down.
“I just have a mentality of never quitting, and that’s what I try to do,” McClellin said. “[Sunday], my pass rushing wasn’t very good, so I was kind of disappointed. I’m pretty hard on myself, so I’ve got to do better than that.”
Scouts praised McClellin for his work at Boise State, but there was enough of a consensus that he would be better served as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The Bears had a different opinion, drafting him 19th overall.
Maybe they have plans to make him a linebacker down the road, but McClellin isn’t going to worry about anything past the next practice.
“That’s a little bit too big-picture right now,” McClellin said. “Right now I’m not worried about that. I’m just focused on getting better at defensive end and working on those skills.”
He did drop into coverage like a linebacker at times at Boise State, so he has the athletic ability to play the position with a hand on the ground, but that’s not the Bears’ scheme.
What that means for McClellin is he needs to stop trying to speed-rush blockers on every play and add some push to his repertoire.
Receiver Devin Hester was back at practice Sunday after missing practice Saturday night with a sore right ankle. Defensive end Julius Peppers sat out most of the contact drills, but coach Lovie Smith said that was planned as the staff looks to “monitor his reps.”
The new guy
All eyes will be on newly acquired defensive tackle Brian Price on Tuesday, when he makes his practice debut.
“For a guy like Brian, you want to get out there as soon as you can because our train is rolling,” Smith said. “We’re not going to stop for anyone. He needs to catch up.”