Bears writer Brad Biggs wrote on National Football Post today about how the team is replacing Alex Brown in Chicago:
“When I first heard it, I was pissed," Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs told Comcast Sportsnet Chicago. “I was hurt. I thought bringing in Peppers was one of the greatest moves that the Bears had made, and then you get rid of you know, the other side. I mean, I just saw Alex having the highest sack total he's ever had. But when I sat down and thought about it for a while, I understand the move. I don't like it, but I understand the move.”
Players are really not going to like the move if Anderson cannot elevate his game. The pressure will be on him because the Bears don’t have many other options. Israel Idonije will figure in the mix but he’s a role player and will probably be at left end in the rotation. If Anderson has a big season – and he should playing opposite Peppers – then players won’t be as pissed.
Anderson is a curious player. He’s the defensive version of Bucs receiver Michael Clayton. Anderson was semi-dominant as a rookie in ’06, posting 12 sacks, primarily as a pass-rushing specialist off the bench. The Bears made him a starter the following season, but in 14 games he generated just five sacks. And, at roughly 260 pounds, he was a liability against the run.
Anderson has phenomenal speed and initial quickness, but in the past two seasons (once again coming off the bench) his playing time has become fragmented, as he has tallied just 4.5 total sacks. The Bears are now counting on him to replace Brown, though don’t be surprised if Israel Idonije ends up getting a majority of the work.
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