Jared Allen LB CHI 3 months ago

Allen (back) will convert to outside linebacker for the Bears during the upcoming season, the Chicago Tribune reports.

With Mel Tucker dismissed following last season's 5-11 debacle, the Bears' new regime opted for a complete overhaul on defense, bringing aboard former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to put a 3-4 scheme in place. A 4-3 defensive end throughout his career, Allen seems unlikely to be an every-down player at linebacker given his inexperience in coverage, which could lead Fangio to employ lots of sub packages. Allen's expected downgrade in snaps, along with his struggles to get after the passer in his natural down lineman position last season (a career-low 5.5 sacks), suggests the 33-year-old might be more likely to see his 2015 production decline further rather than bounce back.

Jared Allen LB CHI 4 months ago

Allen was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back after the end of the 2014 season, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Allen had a rough first season in Chicago, dealing with pneumonia, a rib injury and the back issue on his way to just 5.5 sacks. He should still be a key part of the defense in 2015, but with the Bears signing Pernell McPhee this offseason, Allen is in danger of losing some snaps.

Jared Allen LB CHI 7 months ago

Allen collected 55 tackles and 5.5 sacks while starting 15 games for the Bears in 2014.

Allen's sack total probably doesn't accurately reflect how much of an impact he made as a pass rusher, but he undoubtedly regressed in his first season in the Windy City. He failed to reach the double-digit mark in sacks for the first time since 2006, and a bout with pneumonia earlier in the season ended his run of 113 consecutive starts. He'll turn 33 years old next season, and while it wouldn't be a surprise if his stats rebounded at least a little bit in 2015, his days as a top-notch IDP option on the defensive line appear to be over.

Jared Allen LB CHI 7 months ago

Allen (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Allen was only able to log a limited practice Friday this week due to the ailment, but he'll play in the regular-season finale looking to improve on his 5.5 sacks this season.

Jared Allen LB CHI 7 months ago

Allen (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Allen was able to practice just once this week, and that was a limited showing Friday, so there appears to be a good chance he misses this meaningless game. With just 5.5 sacks on the year, Allen isn't a trusted IDP, anyway.

Jared Allen LB CHI 7 months ago

Allen (ribs) was held out of Wednesday's practice, ESPN Chicago reports.

Allen's absence may have been more for rest purposes than anything, as the expectation is he'll be ready to go for the Week 17 matchup against the Vikings in his first game as a visitor against his former team. After recording just 1.5 sacks through the Bears' first nine games, Allen has accrued four over his last six contests, but it's been largely inconsequential with the Bears eliminated from the playoff race. Barring a massive performance in Week 17, Allen will finish the season with a sack total in the single digits for the first time since 2006.

Jared Allen LB CHI 8 months ago

Allen was credited with a half-sack and five total stops for the Bears in last Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.

Allen has been more disruptive over the last several weeks, but it's probably too little too late, as the Bears surely expected more than five sacks from him in 12 games. He's at least on pace to surpass the tackle totals he posted in each of the previous two seasons, though that probably amounts to little consolation for the Bears, who signed the defensive end to get after the quarterback.

Jared Allen LB CHI 8 months ago

Allen made five stops and registered a sack in the Bears' Week 11 victory over the Vikings.

Facing his former team for the first time since joining the Bears as a free agent in March, Allen turned in one of his best performances of the season, though that wasn't exactly a high bar to cross. Allen has only 2.5 sacks over nine games this season, well short of the 11.5 he posted with the Viking in 2013.

Jared Allen LB CHI 9 months ago

Allen logged five tackles but didn't register a sack in Sunday's 51-23 loss to the Patriots.

Allen was paid big money in the offseason by the Bears specifically to make like difficult for immobile pocket passers like the Patriots' Tom Brady, but he failed in that capacity Sunday, not even logging a single hit on the quarterback. With just 1.5 sacks at the season's halfway point, Allen is on track to fall short of reaching double digits in that category for the first time since 2006.

Jared Allen LB CHI 9 months ago

Allen contributed two tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Though it took him five games to do it, Allen finally has his first sack as a member of the Bears. With Allen now over two weeks removed from the bout with pneumonia that resulted in him losing significant weight, expect him to be a more active force on the pass rush in the weeks to come.