Audibles From the Long Snapper: Paea, Prospect of Will Hill & MORE!

| June 4th, 2014



Stephen Paea has been a disappointment for almost the entirety of his Chicago Bears career. In 2014 he is acknowledging that disappointment:

“You see how I played — I let my teammates down,” the defensive tackle said after the fifth of 10 organized team activity sessions at Halas Hall. “The best thing about it is, I have a second chance to do it …

“Just put a chip on my shoulder this year.”

For me Paea is the Bears fifth defensive tackle in 2014 and will see even less field time when the Bears slide some of their versatile ends (Houston, Young) inside on passing downs. You could make an argument that no player on the defensive roster outside of Shea McClellin needs a better summer.


…but that is not the only reason I believe the Bears should be interested in the talented, pot-smoking knucklehead recently released by the New York Giants.

They should be interested because if they were to sign Hill he would immediately become the most talented safety on the Bears roster – the weakest position on the team. The Giants had no choice but to cut Hill, who will miss the first six games of the 2014 season, and had let his teammates down one too many times. But the Bears locker room seems to be the type of place where a young man like Hill will understand he isn’t bigger than the game and, perhaps more importantly, he’ll cost very little.

Side note: When we look back and see how many young careers were derailed by weed smoking, the league will be embarrassed. Smoke pot? Suspended! Drive drunk? Eh…

OTA ONE-LINERS (and two-liners)

  • Seeing a lot of love for Brock Vereen around the Twitterverse. This is a case of “the grass has to be greener, doesn’t it”. Vereen might become the starting free safety by opening day but right now I’d bet Phil Emery still thinks Chris Conte will start in that role against Buffalo.
  • Loved this Tweet from Adam Jahns: “Just one real takeaway for me from today’s fight. Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston both go all out during practice. No breaks in them.”
  • On the fight: good for Lamarr Houston. The Bears defensive front needs to relocate its toughness.
  • Ryan Mundy is going to be the starting strong safety.

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