CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 09: Shea McClellin #99 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Anthony Castonzo #74 of the Indianapolis Colts during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field on September 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Colts 41-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
I'm about to ask a question, and since this is a Chicago Bears site, the answer will be anticlimactic. It'll also be obvious considering the title of this piece and the accompanying picture. But anyway... Can you guess who the rookie sack leader is in the NFL after 2 games? If you went with the rookie named in the title above then you are correct!
According to some pundits Shea McClellin was a controversial 1st round draft pick, mainly because he wasn't a full time defensive end at while at Boise State. He played some outside linebacker and he was projected by most scouts to be drafted to play OLB in a 3-4 scheme. The Packers and Patriots were the two teams he was most linked to, but it was the Cover 2, 4-3 defense of the Bears that GM Phil Emery saw him fitting in best. And so far through the preseason and his 1st two NFL games, he's fit in quite nicely.McClellin picked up one and a half sacks against the Green Bay Packers, and according to Pro Football Focus, he had a QB hurry and a QB hit in the Colts game. He's mostly used as a situational pass rusher, appearing in about 30 snaps in each of the first two games. With the versatility of starting defensive ends Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije being able to both kick inside to defensive tackle, it allows the Bears to get 4 speedy pass rushers in the game at a time.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton leads the team with 3 sacks, Peppers is next with 2, then the 1.5 by McClellin is equal to the 1.5 by Corey Wootton who has looked solid thus far by the way. Izzy has also chipped in with 5 QB hurries. The 8 sacks from Chicago is tied for 2nd best in the NFL. Not. Too. Shabby.
Be sure to stick around later tonight as WCGs own Steve Ronkowski will break down some McClellin action.