In the previous edition of Chicago Bears Over/Under, Da Windy City asked whether or not Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler will play in over 14 games for the Bears this season.
The Results are in.
In overwhelming fashion, 82% of the voters believe that Cutler will indeed play in over 14 games for the Bears’ next season.
This week, we take a look at Jared Allen.
Allen was arguably the biggest addition that the Bears made this summer. The Bears’ signed Allen to a four-year deal this off-season with the idea of adding a legitimate pass rusher.
Allen has proven over the course of his career to be a legitimate pass rusher. Allen has had double-digit sacks in each season dating back to 2007.
Allen recorded 11.5 sacks last season with the Minnesota Vikings and some Bears are questioning whether or not Allen will be able to keep up his pace.
Allen turned 32 in April and many have suggested that he no longer is an everyday player.
The Bears do not need Allen to be an everyday player. The Bears need Allen to be the player that he has been his entire career. That player is a player that is highlighted by opposing offensive coordinators because of his tendency of disrupting gameplans. Allen may not be in his prime but he is still the best pass rusher that the Bears have had since the first year of Julius Peppers.
With Peppers now in Green Bay, all the Bears need for Allen to do is be better than Peppers was last season. That should be an easy task as Peppers went unnoticed last season.
In terms of Allen’s sack numbers for 2014, we will set the bar at 11.
Will Allen get over 11 sacks next season or under?