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Chicago Bears Improve Their Defense

Chicago Bears moved to improve their defense with the selected Friday night in the NFL Draft.

They worked in an exchange of the Washington Redskins to move up from No. 62 and No. 53 and select defensive tackle Stephen Paea, Oregon State in the second round. As part of the agreement, the Redskins Bears a fourth round, No. 127 in its entirety.

Chicago nabbed the third round of Security Chris Conte, California 93 choice.

The 6-foot-1, 295 pounds Paea was an All-American last season for the Beavers. He had 14 sacks and nine forced fumbles during his career.

Chicago is looking for help on the defensive front after the release former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris. Paea says he can play nose guard or fight against, and that versatility is attractive for the Bears.

Paea was an outstanding football player who was born in the island chain Vav'u the island of Tonga. The first time I attended the Snow (Utah) Community College before going to Oregon, where he started 37 of 38 games with the Beavers.

"If someone told me when I arrived here from Tonga that I would be the 53rd pick in the draft, I laughed because I was expecting the seventh inning, or at least (a little) to get to the NFL when I came here, "said Paea.

As in the NFL, which is similar to Paea chose the former Vikings star John Randle.

"I can not compare with it, but I like his style," Paea said. "About the same height and the ability to play."

Paea has suffered a torn meniscus in his knee during training for the Senior Cup in January and needed arthroscopic surgery, but said Friday night that is 100 percent. The bench press 225 pounds 49 times seen in the NFL combine.

"I'm ready to go," said Paea. "They said that I have the right player for their defense and their system. It takes only one team that you love me. ... Chicago Bears are playing the same defense, and I like to attack the defense."

Last season, he made the game Bears NFC Championship where they were beaten by the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The Bears defense was third in points allowed offensive (256), tied for third win (35) and second in rushing defense (90 yards per game).

They now have two possible contributors to Paea and Conte.

Conte has played in 50 games for the Golden Bears and made 17 starts during his career. It developed after the passage of the cornerback to safety as a senior. The 6-foot-3, was 212 pounds Conte selected first-team all last season Pac-10, while 72 tackles.

"For me it was pretty easy. Read safety I felt much more natural to it," said Conte. "It allowed me to see the area and make calls."

And does not lack confidence.

"I always felt that was the best safety of the project," he said.

The Chief Jerry Angelo said locating free safety in the project can be difficult. The Bears have now drawn nine strong ties since 2002, including Major Wright in the third round a year ago.

"Free Safeties are like dinosaurs. Will not find them," says Angelo.

Paea, meanwhile, has also been a force for the Beavers in his last season, when he had four fumbles, had 45 tackles, six sacks and was credited with 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

"It's a very disruptive player," Angelo said, adding that the knee problem Paea may have damaged his draft stock, but are not a concern.

In the first round, 29th overall pick Bears Thursday stepped up their offensive line with Wisconsin Gabe Carimi.

Carimi, Wisconsin was a teammate and Nate Tice, whose father was Chicago's offensive line coach Mike. The familiarity is even more profound - the wife and mother of Mike Tice Carimi tailgated together before the games of the Badgers'.
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Gabe Carimi First Round NFL

In a first round NFL draft picks that included wild and move, the Bears have allowed a little light when his turn came around 10:15 am Thursday. Bears President Jerry Angelo said last week the club was open for four or six different positions.

But if they need an extra push, the Bears took an elbow in which the Detroit Lions reinforced the already daunting line of defense against Nick Fairley with 13 overall pick.

With a series of offensive linemen being caught, the Bears talk to the Baltimore Ravens in the movement of the selection of 29 to 26, but have not eaten much.

"We dropped the ball, I dropped the ball," said Angelo. "What was done can not be undone.

"[Baltimore] did everything according to the rules."

Bears were going to trade up to get Wisconsin Gabe Carimi the other teams we could move ahead of them, but still ended up getting the No 29

The Bears did not have much choice.

Last season they gave up the league high 56 sacks, including one of the shows ill-fated offensive line in NFL history, when Jay Cutler was sacked by NFL-record nine times in the first half against the New York Giants.

Although he started last season, Chris Williams has not complied with the selection of the team has played 14 pick overall in the 2008 draft, moving from tackle to guard. And a seventh rounder flashed potential last season J'Marcus Webb, Williams seems to start from the inside, Carimi started out.

There are problems, but if Carimi is athletic enough to begin to address the left.

"Wherever they need me to bear," Carimi said Thursday, "I'll be plugged"

"Of course I believe I can play left tackle," Carimi said the NFL Combine. 'E' at the institute what they need and want to have. "

Webb finished last season on the right side, but it can be pretty athletic to swing on the left side.

Anyway, what is clear is that Carimi has the credibility and trust. He replaced Joe Thomas (third overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2007) in Wisconsin, and claimed the prestigious Outland Trophy, given lineman in the nation, after doing well against hunters spend much prestige as Purdue Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins 16), Adrian Clayborn Iowa (20 in Tampa Bay) and Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (31 in Pittsburgh).

This is probably because he faced teammate JJ Watt (11th overall to the Houston Texans), in practice every day.

"I have a better resume to help defeat talent than anyone else, it makes me more [pro] ready," Carimi said the combine, adding that he is stronger and many began under his belt. "That's why I'm No. 1 side over there."

Thursday, asked his confidence / cockiness, Carimi said: "It 'was just my confidence in my ability to play my position.

"There will be no problem here."

Cutler had no comment on the first-round pick of the team. But his girlfriend, actress Kristin Cavallari, made a funny comment on Twitter.

"Yay, we have a linjapihdit offensive! Go Bears," he wrote.

According to statistics, in the first round were the offensive linemen had an immediate impact in recent years.

Since 2006, over 60 percent of the teams (14 of 23) than offensive linemen drafted in the first round had started 10 games and increased its protection of New York life, with 64 percent of the equipment record double-digit improvements.

It 's the key to the Bears rank dead last in the index in which the factors of the length formula of attempts to overcome the team to combine the offensive linemen penalties, sacks allowed and quarterback hurries and knockdowns.
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Bears Schedule

Quality of today's televised sports offerings in terms of Bears post-Walter Payton running backs, on a notability scale of Raymont Harris to Thomas Jones

Thursday night's prime time matchup has the Bears traveling to face the Dolphins and it brings up intriguing fantasy questions, but seeing these two teams on the national stage reminds me that we're approaching the 25th anniversary of the one hiccup on the 1985 Bears' schedule that prevented that team from reaching immortality.

If only the Dolphins had reached the Super Bowl that year (they lost at home to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game), we would have seen a worse shellacking, I believe, than what Chicago did to New England (46-10). Here's a brief glimpse of that Monday Night affair when the 12-0 Bears fell victim to the Dolphins curse, 38-24

Bears at Dolphins, 2010 version
This is a huge game for both teams as the Bears (6-3) look to remain at least tied for first in the NFC North while the Dolphins (5-4) need to stay relevant in the AFC East and the wild-card race with a debilitating QB situation.

Well, let's just say this doesn't seem like a good matchup for the Dolphins. First, they're apparently going to start third-string QB Tyler Thigpen (Yes, you may begin to groan, Brandon Marshall owners). With Chad Pennington's career possibly over after just two snaps in Week 10 (can anyone seriously believe he'll be an effective QB again after a fourth arm injury?) and Chad Henne limited by a knee injury, the passing by the Dolphins will be minimal to say the least.

Normally I wouldn't mind it if the Dolphins were forced to run a lot. With Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams among the best backfield tandems in the league, it shouldn't be a problem. But the Dolphins face the league's second-ranked run defense in the Bears, and we all know Chicago will be crowding the line/box to take away the run and force Thigpen to make throws to win. Stay away from both Brown and Williams if you can. And the Bears' defense is a must-start, as if you hadn't locked them in already.

Then, there's the odd fact that Miami is 1-3 at home at home this season, getting their first win this past week against Tennessee. This game presents a strange mix. Miami's defense is ranked 8th overall, 6th against the pass. Miami's defense has been susceptible against strong passers this season (Aaron Rodgers, 313 yards, 1 TD; Ben Roethlisberger 303 yards, 2 TDs; Joe Flacco, 266 yards, 2 TDs), so expect Jay Cutler's numbers to fall in that range for the Bears and he should be an average start at worst. I also might keep Matt Forte in your lineup this week. I see not only a slightly productive game rushing, but some possibilities out of the backfield in the passing game.

Greg Olsen has been a solid start at TE with TDs in each of the last two games. Keep him in your lineup, as well as Devin Hester. It should be a productive night for the Bears offense, not a blockbuster one.

You didn't think I'd start an entry referencing the Super Bowl Shuffle without linking the video, did you? Oh, how I miss the music video craze of the 1980s.

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