Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass (91) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

David Bass Days Until Chicago Bears Season Opener

We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Kickoff series last season that we decided to do it again.  In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Bears September 7th season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

We are a mere 91 days until the Chicago Bears take on the Buffalo Bills in what (on paper) looks like a very promising year for the Bears. While the Bears have had a few quality 91s on their roster (most recently Tommie Harris); the number currently belongs to defensive end David Bass.

In 2013 the Oakland Raider selected David Bass in the 7th round (No. 233) out of Missouri Western after a strong showing a the East-West Shrine game. At Missouri Western, Bass broke school records for most consecutive games started (50) and most sacks in a career (39.5).

Bass was waived by the Raiders on August 31 and signed by the Bears on September 1 2013. Bass has all the measurables; 6′ 4, 256 lbs, he ran a 4.84 40 yard dash; completed 20 reps in the bench press and was a combine top performer in the 20 yard shuttle with a time of 4.33 seconds. He is also considered to be a high motor guy; he just attacks, attacks, attacks.

Bass is seen as raw but talented. He didn’t play against top end talent in college as is found in the SEC or even the Pac 12 but his numbers in college were still impressive. Last season, Bass played mostly in reserve; to give other players a breather now and then.

Even in spot duty, Bass found ways to make plays. He finished the year with 23 tackles, 1 sack and 1 nifty interception he returned for a touchdown against the Ravens in week 11.

With the starting defensive line consisting of Jared Allen, Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea and Lamarr Houston, Bass probably won’t get a whole lot of playing time. But he should be able to see a decent amount of snaps if he continues to play with a high motor and learns from all the veterans in the D-Line room.

David Bass doesn’t need to “wreck the League“; just play quality, technically sound football when he gets the chance. Who knows, he might earn himself a starting job down the line.

Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Kickoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on September 7th.


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  • Cutler2Marshall312

    Bass did a solid job last year if you ask me…got more time then C Washington and he was a 6th Rd pick but Washington is raw as well hope the Bears new D Line coach can get them to reach there full potential..if he does that D line can be dominate all season long if everyone stays health..

  • Coach Boss

    I agree; Bass was solid when he got on the field. There were times he got beat but he showed good discipline the more he got to play. It will be interesting to see his growth from year 1 to year 2.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I wanted to see him starting over Shea as the season went along, but that never happened.

  • Michael Rushton

    I think Bass is one of those guys who is going to end up being a killer rotational DE this season for the Bears. I thought that for a seventh round pick, he had a pretty solid rookie campaign in 2013. I’m hoping Cornelius Washington makes the same kind of leap this season to provide freakishly athletic depth at the DE position. A rotation of Allen, Houston, Young, Bass and Washington could be pretty relentless just from a physically measurable standpoint.

    I’m not holding my breathe on Washington, mind you. Just hoping. It’s a little concerning that with all of the injury problems along the defensive line last season and all of the crazy personnel moves the Bears had to go through just to field a defensive line at all- bringing in guys off the street and the practice squad, carting an ineffective Paea out there week after week with turf toe, switching Wootten from his natural LE position to three technique, bringing in Ratliff who hadn’t played a down of football in over a calendar year, etc, etc…- that the coaching staff didn’t feel comfortable putting a guy out there that has almost the exact same measurables as Jadaveon Clowney. Less agile but MUCH stronger.