Chicago Bears: Locker Room Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears

November, 5, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears' 27-20 win over the Green Bay Packers:

McClellin ribbed: “Three sacks bro,” Zach Minter and David Bass joked repeatedly as second-year defensive end Shea McClelllin attempted to speak to the media after a career day in which he posted a career-high three sacks. McClellin knocked quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of the game in the first quarter, and said that while “I wish him a speedy recovery, stuff happens.”

Coming into Monday night's game McClellin had 3 career sacks, before matching that number against the Packers.

More ribbing: Rookie middle linebacker Jonathan Bostic sports a long goatee, and as he stood in front of his locker, fellow rookie Kyle Long joked about the facial hair being made of Velcro.

Meanwhile veteran linebacker James Anderson said Bostic played well “by the hair on his chinny chin chin.”

Bostic finished the game with four tackles, and spent some time after the game speaking with Anderson in depth about how to defeat blocks from centers. Anderson to Bostic explained the importance of attacking the edge of the blocker as opposed to striking him down the middle.

Emery makes the rounds: General manager Phil Emery could be heard saying “it feels good” as he walked through a celebratory locker room patting players on the back headed toward the team's buses.

It's your birthday: Cornerback Tim Jennings strolled through the locker room and alerted anybody within earshot about the 31st birthday of return man Devin Hester. Jennings said he bought Hester a watch for his birthday, and later joked, “Yeah, right.”

Hester racked up 113 return yards on four kickoffs and a punt return. Hester's longest return of the day was a 29-yard kickoff return.

Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears

September, 29, 2013
DETROIT -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears40-32 loss to the Detroit Lions:

Stunt issue: Reggie Bush busted big gains almost every time the Bears used what they call a “power” stunt. A stunt is when defensive linemen alter the path of their rush in a coordinated fashion to confuse offensive linemen, which, in turn, makes them more difficult to block. According a player in the locker room, the Lions capitalized nearly every time the stunt was called, and that caused Chicago to abandon the call entirely.

The player suspected that former Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, now with Detroit, tipped off the Lions about what they were doing.

“He totally knows our defense,” the player said.

Paea in boot: With the Bears recently placing Henry Melton on injured reserve, the sight of Stephen Paea wearing a walking boot seemed shocking. Paea wore the boot as a precautionary measure, he said, and characterized the injury as “minor turf toe.”

Paea could show up on next week’s injury report, but he’s doesn’t anticipate missing time.

Bennett makes rounds: Tight end Martellus Bennett walked around shaking hands with all his teammates after the game and telling them “good job.” Bennett said he does it after every game to enhance camaraderie in the locker room.