On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears introduced their prized-free agent signing Lamarr Houston.
Houston joined the Bears after being a defensive captain for the Oakland Raiders in 2013.
While speaking about Houston, Bears general manager Phil Emery praised the defensive end for being the disruptive force that the Bears have been lacking in recent seasons.
“He’s a good pass-rusher,” Emery said. “When I looked at him versus the players that we have on our team, his two-year combined total disruptions is higher than anybody on our team.-Phil Emery, ESPN Chicago
While Emery touted the pass-rushing skills of Houston, the general consensus is that Houston is not an effective pass-rusher. In a radio interview with 670 The Score on Wednesday afternoon, Houston admitted that his sacks numbers were low. The six sacks that Houston had last season with the Raiders is the most that he has had in any of his four seasons in the NFL. Houston guaranteed the radio show that his sack numbers will improve in 2014.
During his introductory press conference, Houston indicated that he can become a great player with the Bears defense.
“I think that’s very important,” Houston said of being an all-around end. “Sack totals are important in this league and mine haven’t been the highest, but I know that I will prove to everybody that there’s a reason I’m here and in the future, it will tell you how good of a player I can be with this group of men and how good of a group we can be together.” -Lamarr Houston, ESPN Chicago
Houston certainly came off confident in his first press conference. But confidence does not always translate into results. While Houston does improve the Bears defense against the run, his contract with the Bears will ultimately be judged by his sack numbers. If Houston continues to average half-a-dozen sacks per season, then Bears fans will be sure to turn on him like the way they did Julius Peppers.