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Pernell McPhee: Bears’ pass rushers planning to dominate the NFL


Not many people are expecting much from the Bears this season, but Pernell McPhee says he and his fellow Chicago outside linebackers are going to be a terror.

McPhee said the Bears have a group of pass rushers that can wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

“Dominate, destroy every opponent that we face,” McPhee said, via ESPN. “Just showing the world why they actually got these guys in the room. Me, Leonard [Floyd], Willie [Young], Lamarr [Houston] and Sam [Acho]. Just dominate in the NFL. That’s my focus. That’s what I want us to do, and that’s what I think we’re going to do.”

Dominating might be a stretch, but staying healthy would go a long way toward turning the Bears’ fortunes around. McPhee missed seven games last season, Houston missed 14 and Floyd missed four. Staying on the field for 16 games would be the first step. Then the Bears can ponder league domination.

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55 Responses to “Pernell McPhee: Bears’ pass rushers planning to dominate the NFL”
  1. vottorific says: Jun 7, 2017 8:47 PM

    Ahhh yesss. Off season optimism. butterflies and waterfalls.

  2. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 7, 2017 8:47 PM

    Sure they will. Uh hugh!

  3. redeemerac says: Jun 7, 2017 8:48 PM


  4. tylawspick6 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:48 PM


  5. usitait says: Jun 7, 2017 8:50 PM

    Yes when I think of names that strike fear, I think of Pernell, Willie, Lamar and Leo

  6. macjacmccoy says: Jun 7, 2017 8:51 PM

    Ohh… is someone throwing a little shade at Jerrell Freeman? I mean its not like hes a better pass rusher then all the guys he named or anything.

  7. ggreen657 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:54 PM

    The NFL is set up for parity but no one can really compete with the Patriots. It sucks.

  8. n0hopeleft says: Jun 7, 2017 8:56 PM

    Everyone has a plan…until they get punched in the face.

  9. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Jun 7, 2017 9:12 PM

    He was probably asked a typical question and gave a typical McPhee answer…..he does this ever year. Really wish he would just stay healthy and actually put his money where his mouth is….

  10. chc4 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:26 PM

    Week 1 vs Atlanta…. and that’ll be the end of that dream!

  11. nitzie says: Jun 7, 2017 9:28 PM

    McPhee is at Vikings fan level of delusion.

  12. drunkraider says: Jun 7, 2017 9:29 PM

    pass rush? teams will be running the ball and killing the clock because they are up 30

  13. dickshotdogs says: Jun 7, 2017 9:36 PM

    Dontcha just love the offseason bluster? The Bears will be irrelevant before Halloween. That is all.

  14. upyoursnfu says: Jun 7, 2017 9:38 PM

    YAWN! – rest of the NFL

  15. bk813 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:45 PM

    Pernell and company may want to dominate the NFC Central first before dominating the entire NFL.

    Silly season.

  16. vesh31 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:47 PM


  17. quincyjwagstaff says: Jun 7, 2017 10:08 PM

    Seeing as the Bears have a lousy offense and will likely end up playing catch up in most games, those linebackers had better be able to stop the run, too, because everyone’s going to go to the ground game to eat up the clock and finish out their wins against the Bears.

  18. mrpeepee says: Jun 7, 2017 10:12 PM

    RB, Dline: Check.

    Next up – every other position

  19. tunechi90 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:15 PM

    Bears front D-Line is actually young, athletic, and very good at getting after the QB.

    If they can fix that secondary that D should be top 15.

  20. officialgame says: Jun 7, 2017 10:17 PM

    Good Lord the man should be tested right away.

  21. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 7, 2017 10:18 PM

    As a Lions fan, I think he’s a good player. Who knows? Maybe they will do good. They have some good LB’s.

  22. gcsuk says: Jun 7, 2017 10:18 PM

    Funny, this was the same guy who said the Bears were going to “tear the Giants a new a-hole” last year. He conveniently didn’t play while the Bears lost 22-16.

    Big talk, no action. 55 tackles for the Bears in 2 years (23 games). OVER 2 tackles a game! DOMINANCE!!

  23. monsters3493 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:24 PM

    Look at the stats. They had allot of sacks when healthy. Allot of pressures. Secondary was their issue.

  24. dadsource says: Jun 7, 2017 10:30 PM

    Lol. Drug test needed. My jaguars have twice the talent but aren’t near the elites.

  25. buds4grant says: Jun 7, 2017 10:57 PM

    Leave Ponder out of this….like the NFL has.

  26. navyvandal says: Jun 7, 2017 11:15 PM

    Pats fan and mass native living in Chicago where my wife is from.

    The bears had 11 takeaways last season. That’s pathetic. If they defense plans to feast, forcing turnovers and getting off the field after 3rd down would be a good start.

  27. lobzila says: Jun 7, 2017 11:17 PM

    Give the guy a break, he is going into the season with an “all in” mentality. Right now, every team has a shot at the superbowl next year. Honestly, you want guys on your team that think there going to lose 14 games and go nowhere in the post season?
    Let him dream of glory at this point.

  28. highsodium says: Jun 7, 2017 11:24 PM

    I’m planning on dominating my profession. Currently, I’m unemployed and help mom around the house.

  29. chitowngronk says: Jun 7, 2017 11:55 PM

    I’d love to share the optimism

  30. artic19 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:16 AM

    Packers offense will put a hold on that plan.

  31. cfos00 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:17 AM

    How about less talking and more actually doing something? We picked effing third last draft, and a huge part of that was that the defense just flat out sucked. Less talking, more being competetive. Until the team actually does something positive on the field, please just shut up.

  32. favresweiner says: Jun 8, 2017 12:26 AM

    Yeah, and Grizzly Adams had a beard…

  33. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:38 AM

    These guys are actually pretty good and are an emerging threat to the NFL north, defensively that is.

  34. bkostela says: Jun 8, 2017 1:30 AM

    PFF graded both Floyd and McPhee among the top of the 3-4 OLBs in pass rush productivity over the second half of the season.

    Not saying it amounted to wins, but the Bears actually have decent pass rushers.

  35. johnthorpe says: Jun 8, 2017 1:53 AM

    Yes when I think of names that strike fear, I think of Pernell, Willie, Lamar and Leo


    They’d be a formidable bowling team but that’s about it.

  36. dabears2485 says: Jun 8, 2017 3:12 AM

    *facepalm, followed by light sobbing*

    It’s becoming harder and harder to be a Bears fan.

  37. Fried Toast says: Jun 8, 2017 4:19 AM

    Yay! Winning the off-season!!

  38. nyneal says: Jun 8, 2017 5:26 AM

    The Bears are in 1st place in the NFCN. See me after week one (they open up with Atlanta).
    And it’s easy to feel like you’re the best defense when you’re practicing against the Bears offense.

  39. nyneal says: Jun 8, 2017 5:33 AM

    ggreen657 says:
    Jun 7, 2017 8:54 PM
    The NFL is set up for parity but no one can really compete with the Patriots. It sucks.


    Actually, I think it’s more fun when there is one team which everybody is shooting to knock off. That team sets the standard that everyone else shoots for.
    For years it was the Packers, then the Steelers, then the Niners, then the Cowboys, and now it’s the Patriots.

  40. 1phillyphan says: Jun 8, 2017 5:34 AM

    Ill take the Eagles defensive line of Cox, Graham, Jerrigan and rookie Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry and Chris Long coming off the bench.
    The Bears line is pretty nice though

  41. elementarypoker says: Jun 8, 2017 5:47 AM

    Good luck with that. They’ll have the 3rd or 4th best pass rush in the division.

  42. aj66shanghai says: Jun 8, 2017 5:50 AM

    Bears fans have to love his attitude. I can’t stand the Bears but as a Seahawks fan, thinking back to 2009, they were a pretty garbage team. Then some of the guys on defense started having that kind of mentality and things started turning around. So there may be brighter days ahead for Bears fans as well.

  43. Indybear says: Jun 8, 2017 6:13 AM

    Shut up and play Big Mouth.

  44. moodyponders says: Jun 8, 2017 6:41 AM

    I guess Pernell is hoping the other teams can’t run. What he should be hoping is that his quarterback is on the same page as he.

  45. NFLexpert says: Jun 8, 2017 8:07 AM

    Now they need a quarterback…

  46. Occam's Whiskey Bottle says: Jun 8, 2017 8:27 AM

    When they were healthy last year they played very well. If they can stay healthy they should be able to hang with anyone. Before they start dominating they need to stay healthy though.

  47. tformation says: Jun 8, 2017 8:28 AM

    Fox knows defense well, but ultimately, you have to keep your starters healthy. This Bears team has been HORRIBLE at that.

    I’ve said it before. One injury-plagued year happens to every team. Two years in a row is extremely bad luck. Three years in a row is a pattern. One that happens to coincide with a certain head coach starting his job with the Bears.

  48. Jdog63 says: Jun 8, 2017 8:36 AM

    One name to debunk that dominate narrative…
    David Bahktiari.

  49. jjackwagon says: Jun 8, 2017 9:13 AM

    I planned on winning Powerball last night too and that worked out just like I expect this to work out.

  50. bocadiver1 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:25 AM

    Hello, Pernell. Roger calling. Please stop by for a “random” drug test.

  51. boiler72 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:28 AM

    Yes, I’m sure that Aaron Rodgers is trembling in fear.

  52. hardspun says: Jun 8, 2017 9:52 AM

    it is a good plan

  53. bassplucker says: Jun 8, 2017 10:25 AM

    Blah blah blah, the only thing on this guy that’s never injured is his mouth. As a Bears fan, stuff like this is embarrassing and makes me see why nobody takes that team seriously.

  54. theaveragecharlie says: Jun 8, 2017 6:49 PM

    Yeah, and I have plans of winning the PowerBall.

  55. firejerry says: Jun 9, 2017 7:49 PM

    I wish he would earn his money on the field…….not as a cheerleader or prognosticator.

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