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Israel Idonije: I did what anyone would do in that situation

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Lions defensive lineman Israel Idonije used to play for the Bears, which means he was familiar with the calls used by the Chicago defensive line to set up stunts when he was a member of the team.

After last Sunday’s 40-32 win, some members of the Bears reportedly¬†said that they thought Idonije shared those calls with the Detroit offense to give them a heads up about what was coming their way. According to those Bears, it worked as Lions running back Reggie Bush made plays whenever they made their “power” stunt call. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said it was “ridiculous” to suggest that his team was benefitting from inside information, but Idonije didn’t deny sharing what he knew with his teammates.

“I mean, I did anything anyone would do in a transition situation. Nothing out of the ordinary or unique to any situation,” Idonije said, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.¬†“I’m a Detroit Lion, period. My allegiance is to the Detroit Lions. I’m inside here. I have nothing to do with the other 31 teams. My focus is to help my team Sunday in, Sunday out, period.”

Idonije doesn’t think any information he passed along was as important as the offense’s overall game planning and execution, but it would be silly to think any player wouldn’t share what they know about an opponent in hopes of giving their team a leg up. Every little bit counts in a divisional matchup, which is probably why teams should change any compromised calls before games if they’re worried about what the opposing offense will do with them.

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30 Responses to “Israel Idonije: I did what anyone would do in that situation”
  1. mike06181 says: Oct 3, 2013 9:45 AM

    Lol if a team thinks their former player wont give their current team info. The bigger question is why the bears with a new staff didnt change up line calls on d.

  2. donottellmethatnameistaken says: Oct 3, 2013 9:50 AM

    Why is this even still a discussion? Gruden infamously did this to the Raiders in the Superbowl. Precedent set.

  3. killxswitch says: Oct 3, 2013 9:52 AM

    Why wouldn’t he? This happens all the time when a player goes to a new team, I don’t understand why it is news this time.

  4. lionsfan54 says: Oct 3, 2013 9:59 AM

    EXCEPT…. none of Bush’s runs came against stunting fronts. So…. this is kind of a non story. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way.

  5. dannyreneau says: Oct 3, 2013 10:01 AM

    Seriously, isn’t that what is expected of him as the FNG in Detroit? If the Bears are surprised by this they have deeper problems then their line calls.

  6. thekiy says: Oct 3, 2013 10:01 AM

    And the Bears had former Lions Landon Cohen and Amari Spievey in this year. You don’t think they had the same reason for that?

  7. faulkn22 says: Oct 3, 2013 10:02 AM

    Reggie made plays EVERY time he touched the ball, so him only burning them on “power” stunts is laughable. He was burning them on screens, too.

    The Bears had just signed Landon Cohen (former Lion) just days prior to playing us, at least we signed Idonije in the offseason with the purposes of having him around all season.

    Can’t wait to go to Chicago later on this season. Then you can blame it on Ditka, or Cutler, or whoever you want. We are going to win that one for Izzy, too.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 3, 2013 10:02 AM

    Bush league for the Bears to complain about this. Happens constantly all through the preseason and season every year.

    Teams pickup their division and upcoming opponents castoffs all the time for this exact purpose. If the Bears were too stupid to change up their calls that’s their problem.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Oct 3, 2013 10:09 AM

    The Bears starting this by complaining about a league wide practice. Why can’t they just accept the loss and the fact that Jay Cutler will never be an elite Qb and everybody move on.

  10. dadawg77 says: Oct 3, 2013 10:09 AM

    The Bears coaching staff made a point to keep the same terminology as before since its a successful veteran group. Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have changed it thou. One funny thing is Trestman was the Raiders OC when they played Tampa in the Superbowl.

  11. linebusy says: Oct 3, 2013 10:10 AM

    Dozens upon dozens of players find new teams every year. You can be certain 100% of them are questioned about specifics of their old team/position.

    The real story is A. The big runs were not during stunts and B. The losers are looking for excuses and embellishing.

    They faced a bit of adversity and are not responding well. That’s the story.

  12. skoobyfl says: Oct 3, 2013 10:19 AM

    Team uses all the information available to form a Gameplan, film at 11:00.

  13. doubleogator says: Oct 3, 2013 10:20 AM

    DUH…

  14. noeffinway says: Oct 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    And pft’s Lions hate comes shining through again…smh

  15. overratedsteelerhater says: Oct 3, 2013 10:43 AM

    of course he told them what he knew,if the Bears were that dumb not to change calls they deserved to loose.the patriots are good at that.

  16. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 3, 2013 11:22 AM

    Change. Your. Signals.

    Problem solved

  17. immafubared says: Oct 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    Of course he did. It happens all the time. Just like Jennings will tell the Vikes the plays the Packers are going to run based on line up.
    That’s why the Vikes take ex packers in the first place.

  18. clark54bears says: Oct 3, 2013 12:54 PM

    You Lions fans are delusional. Keep treating this win exactly like it is…your biggest victory in 3 years. Remember how the rematch went in 2011? Get ready.

  19. crazycane says: Oct 3, 2013 12:55 PM

    Can’t wait to get the kitty’s back @ Soldier Field.

  20. centrallions75 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:00 PM

    Its crazy how lions fans run their mouths after losing 7 of the last 9 against the bears

  21. jc327 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:02 PM

    No big deal. It ain’t like he went and videotaped the Bears’ practice or anything.

  22. guiness17 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:25 PM

    -“Isreal, did you divulge line calls to your new team?”
    -“Well duh….”

  23. GenXJay says: Oct 3, 2013 1:38 PM

    Favre didn’t need to spread the word. it was simply pure vengeance by his own hand.

  24. earpaniac says: Oct 3, 2013 1:47 PM

    I’m a Bear fan, and he’s absolutely right. If we sign a player, and we play his old team, his allegiance is to the team that pays him. Period. It’s more disgusting to me that, if its true, the Bears didn’t change anything!

  25. afcdomination says: Oct 3, 2013 2:43 PM

    I can’t believe this is even an issue. its why some teams don’t even try with their 3rd qb and beyond, and just go with some guy who they hope no team would ever pick up.

    lot of gamesmanship with this stuff.

  26. doe22us says: Oct 3, 2013 3:35 PM

    Translation-you dont butter my bread no more.

  27. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:08 PM

    The Lions o-line gave Reggie Bush huge holes to run through. Also, the Bears missed tackles because of Bush’s athleticism.

    The Bears got whooped and that’s the end of the story. They should be focusing on the Saints.

  28. ddweer says: Oct 3, 2013 9:49 PM

    Bears aren’t keeping this going, the media is. If they didn’t change their line calls it is their own fault. The funny thing is no one has picked up & run with the fact the Isreal basically “dimed out” that unethical little weasel, Schwartz! But what do you expect from him anyway, he just follows the lead of his owner!

  29. coolj23 says: Oct 3, 2013 10:04 PM

    As a life long bears fan I agree, move on. Congrats lions we will meet again, that’s what makes this league so great we get another shot

  30. hodous says: Oct 4, 2013 3:39 PM

    DELUSIONAL Lions fans, you make me laugh you really do. When GB hands you your arse this weekend I will laugh. When you play the Bears later this year they will dominate you. The Vikings will beat you later this year.. you and your craptastic city will win all of 5 games this year and you and your libtards will head down the fast track to bankruptcy as we watch your city burn.

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