Chicago Bears: Ian Scott

Florida LB Bostic edges out field

April, 26, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- With three linebackers flying off the board early on Day 2 -- Manti Te'o (No. 38), Kevin Minter (No. 45) and Kiko Alonso (No. 46) -- the Chicago Bears joined the party at No. 50 and selected University of Florida inside linebacker Jonathan Bostic to complement the offseason additions of veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson.

Linebacker was a must for the Bears.

Bears general manager Phil Emery needed to find a young linebacker to push Williams and Anderson for starting jobs, while at the same time providing the club with insurance in the event one of the front line guys went down with an injury.

“The reason we like Jon -- he’s a three-position linebacker,” Emery said. “We felt it was very important that if we were going to take a linebacker in the second round, that we get somebody who can immediately fill in at all three spots. If one of our starters was not available due to injury, that he could fill in immediately and we would have a good football player in place right now.

“Obviously he’ll be given the opportunity to earn a starting job. We see him as a future starter.”

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Former Bears making impact in playoffs

January, 18, 2010
CHICAGO -- Sadly, almost all of our focus in Chicago -- and rightfully so -- was dedicated to covering the tragic and sudden death of Bears' defensive end Gaines Adams on Sunday. However, games of great significance were played over the weekend, and here are a few things we picked up during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs:
  • Although San Diego was bounced at home by the Jets -- after a bye -- Ron Rivera's defense performed admirably. The Chargers lost this game because of turnovers, dumb penalties and missed field goals. The only really bad defensive breakdown came on the Shonn Greene 53-yard touchdown run, where a combination of shoddy tackling and poor gap discipline led to the score. There's no telling if Rivera will now officially interview with Buffalo (would he be in the mix for the Raiders?), but in my opinion he did nothing Sunday to hurt his stock around the league.
  • Speaking of Greene, is anybody else interested in seeing if Thomas Jones will be cut loose by the New York Jets this offseason? It's tough to say what kind of relationship Jones has with the people upstairs at Halas Hall, but in the locker room, he still commands the respect of his peers. How much better would the Bears be in 2010 with a backfield consisting of Jones and Matt Forte.