The much maligned first round draft pick of the Phil Emery era for the Chicago Bears Shea McClellin is this week’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Yes. That Shea McClellin.
McClellin came into Monday night’s game with 3.5 sacks in 21 games in his career.
Monday night, he had 5 tackles (3 solo) 2 tackles for loss and 3 sacks!
He effectively doubled his sack total for his career! In one game!
This is (obviously) the first time he has won the award.
To say this was his best game by far would be an understatement.
Not only did he have some big stats but his 1Q sack on Greenbay QB Aaron Rodgers that knocked Rodgers out of the game and out of commission for 4-6 weeks with a fractured collar-bone.
The Bears were able to beat the Packers for the first time in GB since 2007. It also snapped a 7 game losing streak for the Bears vs the Packers.
McClellin’s performance was not without its issues.
The D-line was absolutely gashed all night long in the running game. I have no idea why in the world Packer’s Coach Mike McCarthy stopped feeding running backs Eddy Lacy (22-150 1TD) and former Bear James Starks (6-40 1TD) and put the ball in quarterback Seneca Wallace‘s hands to win the game (11/19 114 0TD 1INT).
The day belongs to McClellin. It was (hopefully) a breakout game and something Bears fans should get used to.
If nothing else, McClellin probably won’t be buying dinner or his own drinks for a while.