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Kyle Long talks Bears defense, team culture, and how Dowell Loggains will "jump up your ass"

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A great Q/A with Pro Bowler Kyle Long.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

It's hard to believe that veteran offensive lineman Kyle Long is only entering his fourth full NFL season. Long quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the field, and just as quickly earned a spot as one of the most influential leaders within the Chicago Bears locker room.

Long is a character for sure, but when he speaks, people listen.

Recently Long sat down with Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune for a peek behind the curtain at what has been going on with the Bears since Ryan Pace and John Fox took over in 2015.

An excerpt:

On Dowell Loggains, new offensive coordinator:

"He's a guy who really relates to the guys in this building. There is no barrier between us. Except that I've got to look way down on him a little bit. But Dowell will jump up your ass really quick. And he's a guy who you understand that every time he speaks, it's for a reason. And he always presses the right buttons when he does press them."

On the defense:

There has been a lot of "us" going on. There's not a lot of "me" going on. And I'd say this all starts with the defense. Playing against these guys now, they'll wear you out. It starts with Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman up front, then Willie Young, Lamarr Houston. These guys are here to get after you. And then if we do happen to get past those guys, you get to those two linebackers (Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman)."

On John Fox:

"No (B.S.) Plain and simple. Everything that we do on the field is on film. Everything that we do, say, the way we carry ourselves, it's all there. There are eyes on it. It's not like you can just float through a drill or just float through a practice. You will be noticed and you will be out of here. And that's what makes this group special. I think we're building something here with a culture that's that of "I'm going to work hard so you work hard. And you're going to work hard so on those days that I don't feel like I can work hard, I'm going to push and dig and go harder for you."

For the full article with much more insight, click HERE.