Chicago Bears Statistical Breakdown: ILB
How did the Chicago Bears fare with their inside linebackers statistically in 2017? Who will be back with the team next season?
Chicago Bears Statistical Breakdown: Inside Linebacker
The Chicago Bears went into 2017 expecting big years from Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman. They got nothing from Freeman, and spots from Trevathan.
Freeman was out after week one and played in just 56 snaps. Trevathan, on the other hand led the linebackers in snaps played with 713. Still, he did sit out four games, three with an injury, one for suspension. Trevathan had 89 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.
Without Freeman, Christian Jones did a lot of heavy lifting. He played in 623 snaps, 59%. He made 11 starts and finished with 84 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. It was a really solid year for being called on out of nowhere to start.
Nick Kwiatkowski was supposed to start after Freeman, and did, but injury affected his status. Kwiatkowski played in 382 snaps, 36%. He had 45 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. The team will have to make decisions on Freeman with his status, and Jones as a free agent, but Kwiatkowski and Trevathan is a start. It will be interesting to see what they do. However, it is very likely that they are moving on from Freeman.
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John Timu also played in 136 snaps, just about 13% and put up 13 tackles as well. On top of that Jonathan Anderson played 31 snaps. Overall, they are both decent depth pieces to keep around and potentially use on special teams.