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ChiCubs54
08-01-2008, 02:38 PM
Anderson plans to recapture rookie form

Mark Anderson didn’t start as a rookie fifth-round draft pick, yet he made more noise early in Chicago’s Super Bowl season than any Bears defender except Brian Urlacher.

Six sacks in October set a team record. He finished with 12, a team rookie record and the fourth-most by an NFL rookie in the past 25 years.

The Bears were so impressed they made him a starter last year, promoting Anderson over Alex Brown. And then Anderson disappeared.

“You can say teams started scheming against me, but I blame myself,” said Anderson, who finished with a quiet five sacks, struggled against the run, saw his solo tackles cut in half (from 35 to 16) and now once again backs up Brown. “Knowing teams were going to do a lot of chip blocking, I should have been prepared.”

Defensive coordinator Bob Babich refused to point any fingers at Anderson for the Bears fall from the NFL’s No. 5-ranked defense in 2006 to No. 28 last year.

“None of us had a good year, me included,” Babich said. “We are expecting overall a bounceback year. All the players are included in that.

“Mark does a good job. We didn’t do a good job as a unit against the run, but nothing stood out with any individual where we said, ‘Hey, he can’t do that.’ We’re going to have a three-way rotation with those guys, just as we always have. They all have similar traits.

“They are our style defensive end: guys who aren’t massive defensive ends but have speed and can get off the ball on the corner and are very aggressive in their play.”

So Anderson is back in his rookie role. He won’t start, but he’ll play nearly as much as Brown and Adewale Ogunleye in Chicago’s “three-man rotation.”

“I don’t know when I’ll come in, but whenever I am out there, you know I am going to make something happen,” Anderson said. “You will know I am out there.”

His main role will be to rack up sacks, the defensive line equivalent of hitting a home run.

“A sack, man, that can change the game,” Anderson said. “Seriously. It’s a big-time play.

“And as long as you are getting pressure on the quarterback, it doesn’t even have to be a sack. Get your hands in his face, just being around him, you can startle the quarterback so he starts getting the ball out quicker. Having patience in the pocket, reading defenses – once you get pressure on him, all that is shut down.

“But being a big sack guy, that’s hard. Once teams see you are one of the elite players who can get to the quarterback, they start scheming on you, because they know you can stall their offense.”

Anderson stalled offenses as well as any Bears defensive end in years when he opened with 7 sacks in his first seven games. He says he can do it again.

“I want to have a 10-times better season than what I had last year,” he said. “I have high expectations. I am ready to go for it.”


Source: RRstar.com

DamnGoat
08-01-2008, 02:40 PM
Would be nice if he's back to his Rookie form.

He's still a pretty one-dimensional DE though, that's why a platoon w/him and Brown is the best thing the Bears could do. Brown should play on rushing downs and Anderson should play on passing downs.

BearSox
08-03-2008, 11:52 AM
I think he is going to have a big year... I was watching some TC video, and he was always around the ball. He also does a great job of getting his hands up and batting down the ball if he can't get to the QB.

Badluck33
08-03-2008, 02:27 PM
Would be nice if he's back to his Rookie form.

He's still a pretty one-dimensional DE though, that's why a platoon w/him and Brown is the best thing the Bears could do. Brown should play on rushing downs and Anderson should play on passing downs.

Thats stupid. QB's like P. Manning would have great games against that scheme.

"Pass when Brown is on DE
Run when Anderson is on DE."

cambovenzi
08-03-2008, 02:49 PM
Thats stupid. QB's like P. Manning would have great games against that scheme.

"Pass when Brown is on DE
Run when Anderson is on DE."

well they can do it anyways.
but if anderson is in on 3rd and 10, they still arent going to run.

you cant just not play a good player.
what would you suggest?
if they keep brown on all the time, then we would do worse against the pass. and if we keep anderson on the field, we do worse against the run.

so obviously the best way to do it is scheme the players for what situations they do best in.
which would be exactly what he said, anderson on more passing downs, and brown on more running downs.

DamnGoat
08-03-2008, 05:02 PM
Thats stupid. QB's like P. Manning would have great games against that scheme.

"Pass when Brown is on DE
Run when Anderson is on DE."
How is it stupid?

It's where Anderson is effective...what's stupid is putting him in there to fail. The yardage should dictate the situation, not what defenders are in the game.

So by your logic, if it's 3rd and 25 and Anderson is in the game then they'll just go ahead and run? Or on 2nd and 1, since Brown is in they'll shy away from the run and throw it? Kinda strange reasoning IMO.

Tkais9009
08-03-2008, 06:16 PM
he was a stud and gave me high hopes last season. hope he can do better this year.

how long and how much is his contract?