Tuesday marked the start of organized team activities for the Chicago Bears. Tuesday also marked the first time that Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin spoke with reporters about his position change from defensive end.
“I’m excited about the switch,” McClellin said. “They told me they wanted me to play linebacker and I was fine with it. I think it’s a good fit for me, so I’m going to try to show what I can do.” -Shea McClellin, ESPN Chicago
Lets clarify one thing, the reason why McClellin was moved from being a defensive end is because he could not rush the passer.
McClellin indicated that the move to the linebacker position should signal an improvement from his first two seasons in the NFL as a defensive end.
“My first two years weren’t the greatest, but I think linebacker is a natural fit for me,” McClellin said. “I think it’s what I should be doing. As a player, you’re going to do what they tell you to, and I was fine with playing D-end. They wanted me to rush the passer, and I think one of my strengths is rushing the passer. I was fine with it.” -McClellin, ESPN Chicago
McClellin’s move to linebacker remains a question. The biggest issue that McClellin had while playing as a defensive end is that he could not shed blocks. That problem will still exist despite the move to the linebacker position. And, a linebacker that can’t shed blocks is just about as effective as a defensive end that can’t shed blocks.
The 2014 season will likely be a make or break year for McClellin.