Bears see Leonard Floyd as a “rare athlete” for his position

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Bears senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino hasn’t been with the team very long, but he’s been there long enough to know that Khalil Mack is the team’s best pass rusher.

Monachino thinks there’s a chance that changes in the near future, however. He said that Leonard Floyd “has a bigger toolbox” as a natural pass rusher than anyone else on the team and went on to say that Floyd has other attributes that set him apart from others inside and outside the organization.

“This is a rare athlete playing the position,” Monachino said, via Kevin Fishbain of TheAthletic.com. “There’s a whole bunch of guys that are great hammers and guys that have the pass-rush gene that have that dominant trait. This is a rare athlete for the position. I’ve coached a bunch of good ones. I’ve coached big ones, I’ve coached smart ones, I’ve coached fast ones. I’ve never coached an athlete like this. … His length. His short-area quickness. Long speed. The ability to cover and change direction. All of those things are very special with this player.”

Floyd has 15.5 sacks through his first three seasons and is coming off playing in every game for the first time in those three seasons. That’s allowed him to avoid any rehab work this offseason and the increased practice time has left Floyd feeling that his “confidence is way high” about the year to come.

If that confidence translates into the kind of jump Monachino suggests Floyd can make, both edges of the Bears defense are going to be a handful for opposing offenses.

13 responses to “Bears see Leonard Floyd as a “rare athlete” for his position

  1. Floyd did not miss a game but he was not injury free, he had a cast on his broken hand the first four weeks of the year. I think he is a great player, people who look at only sack numbers think he is not good, they are wrong.

  2. I think this has to be the year that Floyd steps up. Being healthy and with Mack on the other side. He should finally be a dominate player he was expected to be as a first round draft pick.

  3. Last year, before the Mack acquisition, the Bears we’re counting on Floyd to make a great leap. He was on track to do so until he broke his hand and played with a club. Even in that diminished capacity, he was still better than serviceable. That steady ascension prompted the Bears to pick up his fifth year option. Now we’ll see what he’s worth. Opponents have a year of film on the Chicago iteration of Khalil Mack. Chips and double teams will limit his effectiveness, so Floyd will have to command more attention in the pass rush to keep teams honest on the other side of the line. We know Floyd is capable in coverage against running backs and tight ends, but he needs to chop wood in the offense’s backfield. Here’s hoping a full off-season of injury free work can help him accomplish that.

  4. Floyd will probably never live up to his top-10 pick status. That being said, he could be a good starter. He was very good against the run last year. He needs to stay healthy and get his sack total into double digits.

  5. Another busted draft pick that the hype machine keeps on selling. Floyd is more evidence of the Bears inability to assess, choose and develop talent. Floyd is not horrible his is just not the talent you expect from a pick that high. To quote Vic Fangio, “just because you have tools, doesn’t make you a carpenter.” Ryan Pace is an idiot without tools. #commitmenttoediocrity #bearssuck Where is Kevin White? Oh yea, he is trying to make the worst team in the league as a 6th WR. Please….

  6. Xney is right. It’s time for Floyd to start putting up numbers. This should be VERY doable with Mack on the other side. He has the tools and it’s contract time.

  7. Floyd might be a All-Pro in 2019 but Matt Betts will give him and Mack a break but I hope they take him and Fitts and Lynch under there wing toughest 5 OLB in the Central

  8. Mike Shereck says:
    May 27, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Another busted draft pick that the hype machine keeps on selling. Floyd is more evidence of the Bears inability to assess, choose and develop talent. Floyd is not horrible his is just not the talent you expect from a pick that high. To quote Vic Fangio, “just because you have tools, doesn’t make you a carpenter.” Ryan Pace is an idiot without tools. #commitmenttoediocrity #bearssuck Where is Kevin White? Oh yea, he is trying to make the worst team in the league as a 6th WR. Please….

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    The Bears won the division and were 12-4 last year. Sure seem like Ryan Pace has done a great job acquiring talent to win games to me. Has he made some mistakes, Kevin White, ok no one’s perfect. The Bears are the team to beat in the NFCN and just because that makes you mad doesn’t mean you have to be ridiculously idiotic.

  9. Take it from a guy who watched Floyd all through his UGA career. He’ll never sniff Mack’s elite status.

    Bears will be lucky if he avoids first-round bust status.

  10. It seemed like Vic Fangio dropped him back in coverage a LOT vs turning him loose on the passer. I’m curious to see if Pagano takes a different approach, and how Floyd responds if given the opportunity.

  11. Paul says:
    May 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I think he is a great player, people who look at only sack numbers think he is not good, they are wrong./////////

    Doesn’t that go with the edge rusher position? You have to look at the sack stat because of that.Edge rushers are paid and part of the evaluation is on sacks. You ignoring it is self serving. 15.5 in 3 seasons are back up numbers. 4 sacks in 16 games is terrible considering the line is focusing on Mack & Hicks.

  12. Doesn’t that go with the edge rusher position? You have to look at the sack stat because of that.Edge rushers are paid and part of the evaluation is on sacks. You ignoring it is self serving. 15.5 in 3 seasons are back up numbers. 4 sacks in 16 games is terrible considering the line is focusing on Mack & Hicks.
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    🤦🏽‍♂️ Leonard Floyd is not an edge rusher, he’s a 3-4 OLB. In that scheme sometimes he rushes, sometimes he covers, and other times he stunts. If you had said you have to look at that stat on the percentages of snaps he rushes the QB, You would’ve had a valid point. He didn’t get home much, but it’s not “self-serving” to discount the sack numbers. His value isn’t solely in pass rushing.

  13. 🤦🏽‍♂️ Leonard Floyd is not an edge rusher, he’s a 3-4 OLB//////

    3-4 OLB are edge rushers, the fact that they do drop into coverage too doesn’t change that.

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