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Jared Allen enjoying the excitement of new surroundings


Jared Allen thought about drawing the curtain on his career this offseason, but wound up deciding that he wasn’t quite done on the football field yet.

The veteran defensive end signed a two-year deal to play for the Bears after discussions with various teams and said Monday that “life is good” with his new team. Allen and the Bears are still figuring out how all the pieces will fit together on the defensive line, but the Bears will be getting a reinvigorated Allen for as many snaps as they decide to send his way.

“I was not so much refocused, but (buoyed by) the excitement of being new,” Allen said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “Heck, I did OTAs this year. When’s the last time you saw me at OTAs?”

Allen spoke to Pelissero about watching film of last season and seeing at least three sacks slip through his fingers, which both frustrated him and reassured him that he can still get to the quarterback often enough to create havoc for offenses. With LaMarr Houston on the other side of the line, Allen should be in position to use his renewed enthusiasm to make sure those near-misses turn into sacks this time.

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  1. amishninjas says: Aug 12, 2014 11:01 AM

    Hopefully a more aggressive D-Line can hide the glaring needs at DB.

  2. bassplucker says: Aug 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    I’m really hoping Jared can stay healthy and get our D over the hump, especially against Rodgers and the Pack. I’m not holding my breath, but I’m hopeful.

    And actually, the Bears D-Backfield appears to be in pretty good shape. They are going to cut a CB or two who could probably start for some teams. It’s their LBs they need to worry about. One good guy who’s old (Briggs) and a bunch of young guys who have talent but are lacking instincts and on-the-field intelligence.

  3. vikessuperbowlchamps2015 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    He is beyond washed up, Bears looking like a 6-10 team at best.

  4. luvmnsports2012 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    SKOL Jared!!!!

  5. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    After telling his team last year to “embrace the suck,” a new environment can only be better.

    His new team is less likely to tolerate him taking plays off the way he has done the last few years.

  6. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 12, 2014 11:21 AM

    Its kind of scary to be on the other side of this. I still hope he breaks the SSSR. SKOL!

  7. rexranius says: Aug 12, 2014 11:27 AM

    How is he “beyond washed up”? I’m a Vikes fan and wish he was still here. The guy only started and played every single game with the purple and had no less than 11 sacks every year with 11 1/2 last year. He’s a motor. The Bears are lucky to have him.

  8. farmmbig says: Aug 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    Jared Allen reminds me of the Christmas Tree Salesman in “A Christmas Story”— He was excited every year in Minnesota too!

    I’m not blaming him– He has to play to the fans and his organization… But so does every salesman.

  9. ejmat2 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:44 AM

    As a Viking fan, I was sorry to see Jared go. He will be an asset to the Bears. He has gas left in his tank and will be perfect as a veteran leader for the Bears. I wish him well other than the times he plays the Vikings of course. Nothing but respect to JA

  10. ariani1985 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:45 AM

    The good news for Jared is that he still gets to face that rancid O-line in Turd Bay twice a year!!!

    Maybe the worst O-line in the history of mankind?

  11. kabasaman says: Aug 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    He is definitely an upgrade from Julius Peppers. Packer fans will see the over paid loafer taking plays off. He is a definite improvement.

  12. bassplucker says: Aug 12, 2014 11:53 AM

    Jared didn’t even play in the preseason opener against the Eagles and yet the Bears DL forced Foles into 2 INTs… against a not too shabby Eagles OL. Looking forward to seeing what that unit does with #69 in there going full-tilt.

  13. robert831 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:57 AM

    Allen is a huge upgrade over Peppers!

  14. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 12, 2014 12:02 PM

    It made sense for the Vikings to move on from Jared because they shouldn’t be building around an older player as they remake their defense.

    It made sense for Jared to move on from the Vikings because he wouldn’t have liked Mike Zimmer’s approach of rotating defensive linemen and stopping the run first.

    It made sense for the Bears to sign Jared because he’s a massive upgrade over Peppers, and younger too.

    Everybody wins! Except Aaron Rodgers.

  15. thefatlazygamer says: Aug 12, 2014 12:04 PM

    I would have liked to see Jared in Zimmer’s system of year but he’s not the kind of guy who likes to come off the field plus he had to put up with mediocre coaching his whole time in Minnesota. Oh well.

  16. f1restarter says: Aug 12, 2014 12:07 PM

    Viking fans who like to talk about how bad the Green Bay offensive line is are in for a big surprise. If they stay healthy, the Packers’ OL is destined to be one of the best in the league this year, bank on it.

  17. smartestminneanderthal says: Aug 12, 2014 12:14 PM

    I can’t blame him. Playing for a losing team every year has a way of eroding your enthusiasm. Now that he’s on a contending team, he feels rejuvenated!

    Congratulations and best of luck, Jared! 🙂

  18. majahpayne8950 says: Aug 12, 2014 12:16 PM

    From what I saw out of peppers in their 1st pre-season game was someone who truly doesn’t put forth effort regardless of situation as he was manhandled by tight ends. Tight Ends!!! When has that ever happened? Oh yeah, last year.

  19. txbearmeat says: Aug 12, 2014 12:36 PM

    And how about his run defense? AP and Lacy are gonna truck him over and over again.

    Say what you want about the Peppers signing. He’s a part time player for GB. Allen should be for Chicago too…

  20. crazycane says: Aug 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    Allen might or might not be an upgrade over Peppers, depending who you ask.

    Having Houston and Ratliff on that line makes him an upgrade. Can’t wait to see this team in action.


  21. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 12, 2014 12:58 PM

    Anyone who talks about the Packers O-line are obviously jealous and clueless. Pro football focus had them ranked in the top 10 last year and were one of the best running teams in the league and that was with Rodgers missing half the season and the RT missing all of the season and a rookie 4th round LT.

    As far as Peppers say what you want but he isn’t being counted to be the difference maker like Allen is he is just a compliment to Matthews who will make the plays. No team is going to be able key on Peppers like they could last year. Allen was stoned in 2 games against our rookie RT so we really aren’t worried about him that’s why the Packers had no interest.

  22. dragonfly99 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:02 PM

    Good luck Jared. It’s amazing how getting away from a perennial loser can boost your enthusiasm. He no longer has to “embrace the suck”, now that he is playing for a team that has a chance at making the playoffs.

  23. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 12, 2014 1:07 PM

    I like the Minnesota spinmaster acting like Minnesota had a choice to keep Allen and saying it made sense because he wouldn’t have liked the new D rotation, Please!! He left because he wanted to win plain and simple that were his exact words. Any player that says “Embrace The Suck” pretty much says it all about that franchise and obviously he didn’t want to.

  24. bigbearsclaw says: Aug 12, 2014 1:16 PM

    He’s going to be a beast, da’ bears!!!

  25. htown995 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:25 PM

    Good luck jared allen on winning with the bears yea u will win more games than you would have with the vikes but lets get real the bears will never win the big game with jay cutler hes like tony romo a choke artist

  26. bassplucker says: Aug 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    A big reason Jared Allen came to the Bears was Jay Cutler. There are millions of Cutler haters out there who don’t want to believe that, but it’s true. Jared said so himself, on the record.

  27. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    Remember all the sacks Jared Allen had against the Packers last year?

    Me neither.

    Also, Jared HAS to be happy to play for a team that actually has fans rather than bandwagon shanty-dwelling troglodytes.

  28. becjasl says: Aug 12, 2014 2:14 PM

    Hes bad against the run. Bears D did not improve by adding him. Their rush D was worst in the league, he won’t help that.

    AD is gonna run all over him


  29. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2014 3:21 PM

    Great person, still a great player and it’s going to be hard watching him in another team’s colors this season. Whether he wanted to get out of dodge or not isn’t really important, as his upfield rush style of play doesn’t fit Zimmer’s defensive scheme anyhow. I bet he’ll have a good year for the Bears.

  30. deltaoracle says: Aug 12, 2014 3:47 PM

    He has to be excited about being on a team with a legitimate chance to get into the playoffs.

  31. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 12, 2014 5:16 PM

    Why would he be excited about facing my Packers twice? Does he like not getting any sacks?

  32. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 12, 2014 5:29 PM

    txbearmeat says:
    Aug 12, 2014 12:36 PM
    And how about his run defense? AP and Lacy are gonna truck him over and over again.

    Say what you want about the Peppers signing. He’s a part time player for GB. Allen should be for Chicago too…


    fair weather fan and lack of true NFL knowledge comments, do not apply.

    Jared Allen > Julius Peppers

    Cry More…

  33. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 12, 2014 5:41 PM

    Jared is huge upgrade for the Bears, when factoring Lamar Houston, Willie Young and Jeremiah Ratliff into the new front. (Bears also drafted 2 DL man that have come along very nicely) Make all your run jokes you want, everyone laughed at the Bears offense for years and it took Emery and Trestman 1 season to have a solid O-Line and Offense.

    Julius is still a threat and will improve the Packers below average D from last season, but when comparing the 2, the Bears seem to have made out better.

    3 weeks and then we can all relax, cause all will be revealed soon.

  34. rl7911 says: Aug 12, 2014 6:11 PM

    He’ll be one more hole in a awful D-line. He’s all or nothing going for the QB, RB’s will run right by him.

  35. calvinthegreat81 says: Aug 12, 2014 6:40 PM

    Jared Allen is a hillbilly. I won’t forget him talking trash about the city of Detroit just before we smoked the viks by 20 a few years back. Really? You have been in depressing Minnesota for years and you want to talk smack about a decent city. This guy is washed up and has been for a bit now. Go live in your tree blind and hunt ur self some deer and don’t come back.

  36. hierosouls says: Aug 12, 2014 7:37 PM

    Bear down!!!

  37. Uncle Charlie says: Aug 12, 2014 9:35 PM

    There’s an endorsement…Detroit, it’s a decent city*.

    *Excluded are violent crime, race crime, default, homelessness, rampant unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and the Lions.

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