It only took one day for former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen to establish himself as a leader with the Chicago Bears.
After the Bears’ first practice of training camp on Friday, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman came away impressed with the Bears off-season acquisition.
“I thought Jared set the tone defensively with Lamarr [Houston] and the guys up front, Jeremiah [Ratliff] up front, just in the start of practice,” Trestman said. “That was clear through his performance today that he not only started fast and finished strong.” -Jared Allen, ESPN Chicago
Many questioned Allen’s motivation upon his signing with the Bears but the early reviews have been positive for the Pro-Bowl defensive end.
For Allen, however, it is business as usual.
“There’s so much change,” Allen said. “Guys get to know each other from playing against each other and you have a mutual respect. So it’s not like I was totally new. I know Lance. I know Peanut. I know these guys, and as they get to see how I work, the young guys see that, and they see how the vets who have had success in this league collaborate and work together. So there’s not much that has to be said. You show up and go about your business, and you expect guys to do the same.” -Allen, ESPN Chicago
Allen was signed by the Bears this off-season to replace veteran defensive end Julius Peppers.
One of the main reasons why the Bears’ targeted Allen is because of his ability to get to the quarterback. That being one of the areas that the Bears’ defense struggled in last season.
Allen recorded 11.5 sacks with the Vikings last season and has recorded double-digit sack totals in each of his past 7 seasons.
Entering this season, the Bears are hoping that Allen extends that streak to eight seasons.