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Lamarr Houston plans to play the Dick Butkus way in Chicago

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New Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston evoked an old-school attitude when asked about signing a free-agent contract in Chicago.

“What set the Bears apart for me besides having a team that’s in a position to win is the attitude of the players who have played there before; guys like Dick Butkus, with that nasty, in-your-face tough football. That’s what I love to play and being in an organization that embraces that, I think it’s a good fit for me,” Houston told the Bears’ website.

Houston signed a five-year, $35 million deal with $15 million guaranteed to leave Oakland and head to Chicago, and he said he loves what the Bears franchise represents.

“I’m honored to be joining an organization that has such rich football history,” Houston said. “The things that they’ve already accomplished are something that when you join this organization you hope you can live up to. You know that you’re expected to reach certain levels and standards while you’re playing for the Bears.”

The Bears have high expectations that Houston can lead a turnaround of a defense that fell far short of the normal standards of the Monsters of the Midway in 2013.

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40 Responses to “Lamarr Houston plans to play the Dick Butkus way in Chicago”
  1. lrical says: Mar 12, 2014 6:15 AM

    Weren’t the raiders known for that back in the day? Just say I followed the money

  2. jgreg8330 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:27 AM

    Houston is not an elite defensive end. His strength is stopping the run, not rushing the passer. He only has 16 sacks in four years and was not a difference-maker in Oakland. Expectations are a little high for a good, not great, player.

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 12, 2014 6:30 AM

    Sometimes i wish these player would just be real and say the truth.. (they offer me the most MONEY )…thats why I chose this team!!!

  4. smedleybumchuckle says: Mar 12, 2014 6:32 AM

    Yes…Butkus played nasty, in your face football but he managed to do it while not always going offside.

  5. Indybear says: Mar 12, 2014 6:34 AM

    Great signing by the Bears. Love his attitude. Now, just a few more pieces……

  6. raiders4ever says: Mar 12, 2014 6:35 AM

    yea thats a nice way of thinking but if you play like anywhere near Butkus loook for the penalty flags to add up…the Raiders barley tap the QB and its personal foul only because of there reputation they had in the 70s n 80s trust me he dont want to start blabbing hes going play like Butkus..

  7. jgreg8330 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:37 AM

    I suppose the “Dick Butkus way” is jumping offsides multiple times and not showing up in big games. Good luck.

  8. arwiv says: Mar 12, 2014 6:54 AM

    Im actually surprised he knows who Butkus is….guarantee most of today’s players don’t.

  9. v5thnov says: Mar 12, 2014 6:56 AM

    Happy to have Houston in Chicago. Even happier once we add C.J. Mosley in the draft!

  10. larryboodry says: Mar 12, 2014 7:08 AM

    Love the attitude, but Roger Goodell will not be amused.

    Nasty, in-your-face football is scary. His mommy told him so.

  11. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 12, 2014 7:11 AM


  12. 4grammarpolice says: Mar 12, 2014 7:13 AM

    $1.5 million per sack.

  13. raiderbob56 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:27 AM

    Big talk for a guy who continually took plays off and got continually blocked on pass plays. So the Bears get rid of Michael Bush and sign Houston. Good luck Bears fans. Thanks for overbidding on a guy who nobody else wanted.

  14. majikwen says: Mar 12, 2014 7:28 AM

    pandering to the WOOF WOOF DA BEARS crowd. Now he needs a picture with Jim Belushi and then the Bear fans will accept him.

  15. andymc58 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:29 AM

    Oh yeah. If there were 20 things Dick Butkus did well, I guarantee you 19 of them are illegal now.

  16. autumnwind999 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:42 AM

    Houston’s a real good player, even though the Reggie McKenzie apologists are trying to downplay that fact. No, he’s not an elite edge rusher, but he’s not being paid in the 8-figure range either. He’s got a good motor, great size and strength for a DE, is great vs the run, will hold the edge, and can get after the passer. He does it all and plays with fire. I don’t think 10 sacks is out of the question, but that may be about his ceiling.

  17. crazycane says: Mar 12, 2014 7:51 AM

    Bears didn’t sign him to sack the QB. Bears just had their franchise worse run D and that’s what he excels at. Raider fans sounds like Seattle fans when the Bears were in play for Bennett “We don’t want him. You over payed”

    Sour grapes test best with Oakland tears as the salt.

  18. vusnu says: Mar 12, 2014 7:57 AM

    Talk is cheap.

  19. spacincasen says: Mar 12, 2014 8:10 AM

    I’m sensing some animosity from a few of these Raiders fans. I’ll take that as a good sign. He doesn’t have to be elite to upgrade the Bears from what they had last year.. It is very safe to say that he’ll be better than Shea McClellin was at that end spot.

  20. rl7911 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:13 AM

    The Bears over paid for a decent DE.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 8:52 AM

    He sounds really good, let’s see if he can deliver enough to be worth the money.

  22. 4thandlonger says: Mar 12, 2014 9:00 AM

    Cutler finally getting an offensive coach who can get him playing the right way in the same system for the second year, a solid OL, a decent versatile TE, a probowl RB and 2 legit pro bowl monster receivers.

    That means points on the board and the opposition gets nervous to keep drives going. Get back to a defensive line that can stop the run, play hard and physical and pressure a QB and at least half the QB’s in this league will do the rest for you. They’ll either throw it away or incomplete, get sacked or even better throw a pick.

    Houston will be a big part of getting the line play back up to scratch.

  23. majahpayne8950 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:07 AM

    All these pissed off raider fans upset he left your black hole lol we obviously signed him as a DT not DE. As thats what he’s built for. The raiders dysfunction allowed him to fall right in our lap. Don’t be mad at him. Be mad at reggie for signing over the hill cats like charles woodson and letting young talent like Houston and Veldheer to walk. Just sayin #justalittledysfunctional

  24. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:14 AM

    Lamar Houston is a Base End that can rush the passer. If he’s used in that way he’ll be fine. If you want him to be a dominant pass rusher you’ll be disappointed.

    He’s an all around solid player that gives it everything he’s got. Effort wise he’ll earn every cent of that contract.

  25. bearfan3454 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:24 AM

    Like one sports radio host said in Chicago. He did not have the great sack numbers that you are looking for in D-end, because the Raiders most of the time were playing from behind. Bottom line he is 26 yrs old and only going to get better. Did not overpay. Only guranteed 15 million. GO BEARS!

  26. eddytap says: Mar 12, 2014 9:27 AM

    As a raider fan glad you have him. He needs to play where he feels comfortable. I like him as a player and wish him the best. He will be a solid contributor and good citizen. As for the raiders, Reggie wants his own guys. I’m tired of hearing all this media hype about how we lost Houston, valhdeer, and Jennings. They were all given an offer and chose to move on. Plan and simple. Obviously the folks who see and evaluate them everyday didn’t see them as being as value able as the wanna be gms and media critics out there. Good or bad it’s Reggie’s team and decision. Chill out

  27. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 9:40 AM

    Houston is overrated. I’m glad he’s gone, The Raiders don’t need anymore losers.

  28. r8rsfan says: Mar 12, 2014 9:53 AM

    Show me. don’t tell me.

  29. greytchase says: Mar 12, 2014 9:58 AM

    Suh plays like Butkus, and they label him as a dirty player.

  30. gdive says: Mar 12, 2014 10:24 AM

    Nobody makes enough money to play the Butkus way anymore.

  31. skolvikes28allday says: Mar 12, 2014 11:04 AM

    Da Suck!

  32. raiderapologist says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    The guy talks like he was coming over from the Chargers.

  33. furny47 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:41 AM

    Lamarr Houston was the best young talent on the Raiders defense, period. My buddy is a Raider’s fan and he texted me yesterday with F-bombs about how my Bears stole him. Lol. Raider fans on here saying he’s no good or that the Bears overpaid… either you’re angry or you don’t know jack. Either way, welcome to Chicago, Lamarr!!

  34. nativeraider says: Mar 12, 2014 11:45 AM

    Not upset at Houst leaving (yes with Veldheer) but for him to throw shade at the Raiders indirectly is a punk move. Bears fans your getting a good player but don’t expect high sack numbers. He’ll show flashes but then won’t be seen or haerd from for 3-4 games.

  35. furny47 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:52 AM

    And another thing, you look at Michael Bennett (who most Bears fans would LOVE to have gotten from Seattle) and compare him to Houston… Through his first 4 four years in the NFL Bennett had 98 tackles and 15 sacks, while Houston has 228 tackles and 16.5 sacks. Houston is also two years younger than Bennett. Personally I’m glad Bennett decided to stay in Seattle… I think Houston has a higher ceiling.

    Sure he only had 6.0 sacks last season, but he led all 4-3 defensive ends with 54 solo tackles. He was also among the league leaders in quarterback pressures and is statistically the best run stopping defensive end in the league.

  36. jdphx says: Mar 12, 2014 1:20 PM

    Good luck Lamarr… We’re sorry to see you go!

  37. radrntn says: Mar 12, 2014 4:44 PM

    i wish you the best with the bears, but i never recall Butkist taking plays off , or disapearing for games at a time

  38. txraiderfan says: Mar 12, 2014 8:06 PM

    He’s good, but not as “good” as his contract

  39. privatecowboy says: Mar 12, 2014 9:13 PM

    How in the hell do the stupid think the bears overpaid for Houston?

    So, 15million guaranteed for 5 years is too much for Houston, but paying peppers would have cost 30 million for two…makes perfect sense to me.

    Peppers had 45 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception and Houston’s line was 66 tackles, 6 sacks and two forced fumbles…looks like the Bears just saved 15 million dollars to me for the same player…that’s also seven years younger.

  40. larryboodry says: Mar 13, 2014 7:29 AM

    Oh, and Dick Butkus was one of the NFL’s all-time great players…Shame so many of you can’t spell his name right.

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