The Chicago Bears saw Alec Ogletree have a brilliant game on Sunday afternoon.
Alec Ogletree is the linebacker the team needed to fill the hole that Danny Trevathan left with his trip to the injured reserve.
Ogletree, 30, is an aged veteran who has been all over the league on defense. After three preseason games and two regular-season weeks as the starter, it looks like Ogletree found his home in Chicago.
Ogletree played an outstanding game on Sunday. On paper, he recorded three total tackles, one pass defended (which was tipped into the air and Angelo Blackson’s hands, giving the Bears their third interception of the day), and one quarterback hit.
The linebacker’s best moments came in defending the run game. He was constantly chasing down the run, effectively having a hand in keeping Joe Mixon to 69 total yards on the day on 20 attempts.
Ogletree will be a huge help to the second level, considering Trevathan’s help to the team is slim to none in the passing game and in chasing down skill players.
Keep an eye out in the future for Trevathan’s return, and whether or not Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace make the objectively correct decision in allowing Ogletree to maintain the title of starting linebacker, or send him to the bench.
For the time being, fans should be enjoying the high level of play Ogletree is producing for the Bears’ defense.