Dwyane Wade leaves Miami for…..the Bulls!

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The Bulls have obviously forgotten their plans to get younger. First they signed Rajon Rando, and now a huge surprise in that Dwyane Wade, a Chicago area native from Richards High School is leavinhg the only NBA team he’s ever played with, the Miami Heat and gets a two year, $47 million deal with the Bulls, whom he once called a dis-loyal Organizaion. That was in 2011 after he re-signed with the Heat and was joined by LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Wade is Miami’s all time leader in points,assists and steals. He and Shaquille O’Neal led the Heat to their first Title in 2006 when Wade was MVP of the Fianls against Dallas. They went to the Fianls in all four seasons that James was with them,winning Titles in 2012 & 2013. To make room for Wade, the Bulls sent Mike Dunleavy to Cleveland and recently aquired Jose Calderon to the Lakers.


Bulls sign Rondo to 2 year deal

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Rajon Rondo is headed to Chicago. USATSI

The Bulls traded away Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks earlier this offseason. The move netted them Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and second-year point guard Jerian Grant. It was a sign of hitting the reset button around star player Jimmy Butler, even though trade rumors around Butler persisted. The Bulls still needed to find an addition this offseason to sell fans on in order to at least pretend they were trying to make progress with this roster. Sometimes that kind of move just means finding a name casual fans recognize.
Apparently, that name is Rajon Rondo. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal with Rondo, who led the league in assists this season at 11.7 per game. The second year of the contract is only partially guaranteed. You have to wonder if this can get Butler on board with what’s happening in this franchise.The Bulls and Butler agreed to a five-year deal last summer that pays him lot of money. At the same time, Butler has locked himself into a deal with a franchise that doesn’t resemble anything close to the team he re-signed with during that negotiation process. Rose being gone makes sense. There were issues with personalities on the team, he doesn’t look anything close to the player who won the MVP in 2011, and you had to avoid getting trapped by the possibility of re-signing the hometown name to a big deal if he couldn’t justify it with his play.

The Bulls are also losing Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah this summer, but the acquisition of Lopez on a cheaper deal at least lessens the blow of those veteran departures. But the addition of Rondo and not being able to make progress with more expensive, better options in the free agent market will be a tough sell to Butler. The move is likely all about the Bulls maintaining cap flexibility moving forward. They aren’t over-committing to future deals and can possibly make a run later. But a wasted year is a wasted year for Butler no matter how you slice it.

That’s what this next season is shaping up to be in Chicago; Rondo putting up cool individual stats for a bad team. He averaged a double-double with points and assists last year. He gets steals but he doesn’t play a lick of defense. And he’s not the veteran voice you need in a locker room that was so contentious this past season under Fred Hoiberg.
It may be unfair to compare the two situations, but the Bulls were frustrated with Hoiberg and each other last season while the Sacramento Kings were frustrated with George Karl and their own locker room issues. Rondo didn’t solve those problems in Sacramento. Maybe it’ll be less of an issue with a more mild-mannered coach in Hoiberg and star in Butler than the Karl-DeMarcus Cousins combination.

But you’re still adding potential lighter fluid to what’s quickly becoming a dumpster fire. Rondo is a familiar name and he’ll get assists. Management will sell it as helping the team in the short-term while maintaining flexibility. That can work with fans buying tickets, but will that work for Butler when the entire defense is focusing in on him and daring his inferior teammates to beat them? Will Butler feel like he’s wasted two seasons since his new contract began and start looking for a way out?

Should the Bulls just blow up the whole thing and do what they probably should’ve accomplished around the draft, which is to say move Butler for a bunch of assets that can accelerate the rebuilding process? Rondo is not the player to save the Bulls, not by a long shot. Getting him is not the move to assure Butler that the future is in good hands either.

Bulls take MSU’s Denzel Valentine with 14th pick

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Denzel Valentine | SG, Michigan StateHeight: 6-5   Weight: 220Yeah there are the knee questions about Valentine. Maybe he won’t be valuable after a certain while due to injury. But even if the knees eventually do give out-no certain bet- Valentine will be terrific in Fred Hoiberg’s offense as a wing that can move the ball and shoot it at a high level from deep. He’ll also help the team transition from the Derrick Rose era due to his ability to create looks for others.

Rose traded to Knicks for Lopez,Calderon and Grant

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The Bulls announced today that the team has acquired center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon, and guard Jerian Grant from the New York Knicks in exchange for guard Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and Chicago’s second-round selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. Rose (6-3, 200) was a first-overall selection by the Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft. During his time in Chicago, he earned many accolades, including being named an NBA All Star three times in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and the league MVP in 2010-11 – a season in which he was also voted First Team All-NBA. Rose was the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year and was named to the 2008-09 All-Rookie First Team. He was also a McDonald’s All-American in 2007. “Knowing Derrick as I do makes this trade a hard one. Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did. While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart,” said Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “I wish him the best of health for the remainder of his career, and I want to personally thank him for everything that he did on the court and in the community during his time with the Chicago Bulls.” In 2015-16, Rose played in 66 games (66 starts) – his most since appearing in 81 games (81 starts) in his MVP year five seasons ago. Rose posted 16.4 ppg (third on the team), 3.4 rpg and 4.7 apg (second on the team) in 31.8 mpg (tied for second on the team) last season while shooting .427 from the field. He led the team in scoring 17 times, in rebounding once, and in assists 27 times. Rose averaged 19.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 6.2 apg in 35.0 mpg during his 406 total regular season games in a Bulls uniform (405 starts). He participated in five postseasons and posted 23.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 7.1 apg and 40.6 mpg through 41 playoff games (41 starts). Rose finished his career in Chicago ranked 10th on the Bulls’ all-time career leaders list for points (8,001), seventh in scoring average (19.7), ninth in 3-point field goals made (350), fifth in assists (2,516) and third in assists per game (6.2). “We will always be grateful to Derrick. He was a great teammate who put winning first, and nobody fought harder through injuries and disappointment. He wowed us all when he was on the floor and at his best. His MVP season was one for the ages. We wish Derrick nothing but the best moving forward,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. Holiday (6-6, 185) came to the Bulls last season in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to 2015-16, he had also played for Philadelphia (2012-13) and Golden State (2014-15). He did not play in the NBA in 2013-14. Holiday made appearances in 53 games (5 starts) last season for the Bulls and Hawks, posting 4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.1 apg in 14.6 mpg. His career stats include 121 games played (9 starts) with averages of 4.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.0 apg. He has made the playoffs once in his career, with Golden State’s championship-winning squad in 2014-15. Holiday contributed 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg in 11.0 mpg through five of those postseason games (0 starts). “As we said at the end of last season, we are committed to exploring every option to improve this team,” said Forman. “This trade is a significant step in that process. Our goal is to get younger and more athletic, and this trade moves us in that direction and allows us to start changing the structure of our team. In Robin Lopez, we are acquiring a starting center who is a good defender, good rebounder, and brings a toughness to our team. Jose Calderon is a proven veteran who can run an offense and knock down threes. Jerian Grant was high on our draft board last year as someone with a great skill set and positional size. All three players are great teammates and have tremendous work ethic, and we are excited to welcome them to the Chicago Bulls organization.” Lopez (7-0, 255) is an eight-year veteran of the NBA who has played for Phoenix (2008-12), New Orleans (2012-13), Portland (2013-15) and the Knicks (2015-16). Last season with New York, he started all 82 games and posted 10.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.57 bpg and 1.4 apg in 27.1 mpg. He shot .539 from the field (ninth in the NBA) and .795 from the line. He also ranked second in the league in offensive rebounds (268) and ninth in blocks (129). Lopez owns career averages of 8.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.2 bpg. He has been in the playoffs three times – once with Phoenix (2010) and twice with Portland (2014, 2015) – and posted 8.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 26.7 mpg through 22 games (22 starts). Calderon (6-3, 200) has played in the NBA for 11 years with stops at Toronto (2005-part of 2013), Detroit (part of 2012-13), Dallas (2013-14) and New York (2014-16). Through 72 games last season (72 starts), he posted 7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 4.2 apg in 28.1 mpg. The native Spaniard shot .459 from the field and .414 from beyond the arc (tied for ninth in the league). Over his career, Calderon has averaged 9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 6.5 apg. He has made appearances in 18 postseason games (8 starts) with Toronto (2007, 2008) and Dallas (2014), and posted 11.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 5.4 apg in 25.4 mpg through those contests. Grant (6-4, 198) was selected 19th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, with the pick originally owned by the Washington Wizards and subsequently traded to New York via Atlanta. In his rookie year, Grant played in 76 games (6 starts) and posted 5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.3 apg (eighth among rookies) in 16.6 mpg. His .780 field goal percentage ranked sixth among rookies. Grant is the nephew of Horace Grant, son of Harvey Grant and brother of Jerami Grant, who all played in the NBA. In his final year at Notre Dame in 2014-15, Grant earned NCAA First Team All-America honors from The Associated Press.

Kane wins Hart Trophy(MVP), Panarin Calder Trophy(Rookie of Year)

Blackhawks’ Kane Wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Right wing Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Kane received 121 first-place votes and appeared on each of the 150 ballots cast for 1,395 points. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, named on 145 ballots including 11 first-place tallies, finished second in voting with 800 points, followed by Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (637). Kane posted career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and points (106) to capture the Art Ross Trophy and power the Blackhawks to their eighth straight playoff appearance. The Buffalo, N.Y., native notched at least one point in 64 of his 82 contests (78.0%), highlighted by a 26-game streak Oct. 17 – Dec. 13 (16-24—40) – a franchise record, the longest by a U.S.-born player in NHL history and the longest by any player since 1992-93 (Mats Sundin: 30). Kane, who became the first U.S.-born player in League history to win the scoring title, is Chicago’s first Hart Trophy winner since 1967-68 (Stan Mikita).

2015-2016 Hart Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th) 1. Patrick Kane, CHI 1395 (121-22-5-2-0) 2. Sidney Crosby, PIT 800 (11-64-31-24-15) 3. Jamie Benn, DAL 637 (8-34-40-34-17) 4. Braden Holtby, WSH 292 (5-13-19-13-17) 5. Joe Thornton, SJS 267 (0-8-19-31-23) 6. Alex Ovechkin, WSH 212 (2-6-18-13-21) 7. Jaromir Jagr, FLA 60 (1-1-5-4-6) 8. Anze Kopitar, LAK 53 (1-0-2-8-9) 9. Erik Karlsson, OTT 44 (0-1-4-2-11) 10. Ben Bishop, TBL 42 (1-1-1-4-8) 11. Drew Doughty, LAK 29 (0-0-2-5-4) 12. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL 13 (0-0-1-1-5) 13. John Tavares, NYI 10 (0-0-0-2-4) 14. Joe Pavelski, SJS 8 (0-0-0-2-2) 15. Roberto Luongo, FLA 8 (0-0-0-1-5) 16. Claude Giroux, PHI 6 (0-0-1-0-1) 17. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 5 (0-0-1-0-0) Cory Schneider, NJD 5 (0-0-1-0-0) 19. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH 4 (0-0-0-1-1) 20. Brent Burns, SJS 3 (0-0-0-1-0) Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 3 (0-0-0-1-0) Ryan Kesler, ANA 3 (0-0-0-1-0) 23. Kris Letang, PIT 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Hart Trophy Winners Since 1990

Year Winner Runner-up 2016 Patrick Kane, Chi. Sidney Crosby, Pit. 2015 Carey Price, Mtl. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. 2014 Sidney Crosby, Pit. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana. 2013 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Sidney Crosby, Pit. 2012 Evgeni Malkin, Pit. Steven Stamkos, T.B. 2011 Corey Perry, Ana. Daniel Sedin, Van. 2010 Henrik Sedin, Van. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. 2009 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Evgeni Malkin, Pit. 2008 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Evgeni Malkin, Pit. 2007 Sidney Crosby, Pit. Roberto Luongo, Van. 2006 Joe Thornton, S.J. Jaromir Jagr, NYR 2004 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Jarome Iginla, Cgy. 2003 Peter Forsberg, Col. Markus Naslund, Van. 2002 Jose Theodore, Mtl. Jarome Iginla, Cgy. 2001 Joe Sakic, Col. Mario Lemieux, Pit. 2000 Chris Pronger, St.L Jaromir Jagr, Pit. 1999 Jaromir Jagr, Pit. Alexei Yashin, Ott. 1998 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Jaromir Jagr, Pit. 1997 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Paul Kariya, Ana. 1996 Mario Lemieux, Pit. Mark Messier, NYR 1995 Eric Lindros, Phi. Jaromir Jagr, Pit. 1994 Sergei Fedorov, Det. Dominik Hasek, Buf. 1993 Mario Lemieux, Pit. Doug Gilmour, Tor. 1992 Mark Messier, NYR Patrick Roy, Mtl. 1991 Brett Hull, St.L Wayne Gretzky, L.A.

Blackhawks’ Panarin Wins Calder Trophy

Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Panarin received votes on all 150 ballots and was the top choice on 88 for 1,258 voting points, ahead of Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers (955) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (858). Panarin, who signed with the Blackhawks in May 2015, led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47), points (77), power-play goals (t-8), power-play points (24) and game-winning goals (7) while skating in 80 contests. He became the fourth rookie in franchise history to reach the 30-goal milestone and the first to do so since 1995-96 (Eric Daze). That included his first career hat trick Feb. 17 at NYR, the first by any Blackhawks rookie since 2002-03 (Tyler Arnason). Panarin is the first Blackhawks player to win the Calder Trophy since linemate Patrick Kane in 2008.

2015-2016 Calder Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th) 1. Artemi Panarin, CHI 1258 (88-41-16-3-2) 2. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 955 (33-53-42-12-8) 3. Connor McDavid, EDM 858 (25-45-48-15-8) 4. Jack Eichel, BUF 449 (2-9-25-72-25) 5. Dylan Larkin, DET 170 (1-0-8-23-51) 6. Max Domi, ARI 92 (0-2-2-12-32) 7. John Gibson, ANA 62 (0-0-5-9-10) 8. Colton Parayko, STL 52 (1-0-4-4-10) 9. Sam Reinhart, BUF 2 (0-0-0-0-2) 10. Anthony Duclair, ARI 1 (0-0-0-0-1) Jaccob Slavin, CAR 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Calder Trophy Winners Since 1990

Year Winner Runner-up 2016 Artemi Panarin, Chi. S. Gostisbehere, Phi. 2015 Aaron Ekblad, Fla. Mark Stone, Ott. 2014 Nathan MacKinnon, Col. Ondrej Palat, T.B. 2013 Jonathan Huberdeau, Fla. B. Gallagher, Mtl. 2012 Gabriel Landeskog, Col. R. Nugent-Hopkins, Edm. 2011 Jeff Skinner, Car. Logan Couture, S.J. 2010 Tyler Myers, Buf. Jimmy Howard, Det. 2009 Steve Mason, CBJ Bobby Ryan, Ana 2008 Patrick Kane, Chi. N. Backstrom, Wsh 2007 Evgeni Malkin, Pit. Paul Stastny, Col. 2006 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Sidney Crosby, Pit. 2004 Andrew Raycroft, Bos. Michael Ryder, Mtl. 2003 Barret Jackman, St.L Henrik Zetterberg, Det. 2002 Dany Heatley, Atl. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atl. 2001 Evgeni Nabokov, S.J. Brad Richards, T.B. 2000 Scott Gomez, N.J. Brad Stuart, S.J. 1999 Chris Drury, Col. Marian Hossa, Ott. 1998 Sergei Samsonov, Bos. Mattias Ohlund, Van. 1997 Bryan Berard, NYI Jarome Iginla, Cgy. 1996 Daniel Alfredsson, Ott. Eric Daze, Chi. 1995 Peter Forsberg, Que. Jim Carey, Wsh. 1994 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Jason Arnott, Edm. 1993 Teemu Selanne, Wpg. Joe Juneau, Bos. 1992 Pavel Bure, Van. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. 1991 Ed Belfour, Chi. Sergei Fedorov, Det. 1990 Sergei Makarov, Cgy. Mike Modano, Min.


October 2016

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Former Bear Bryan Robinson dies at age 41. Blocked Longwell FG in Green Bay to save win in 1999.

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Former NFL defensive lineman Bryan Robinson was found dead in Milwaukee on Saturday night. The body of the 41-year-old was discovered in a hotel room just after 10 p.m.Although Robinson died at a relatively young age, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that there was no immediate signs of anything being suspicious about the death.Robinson played for five teams over 14 seasons during his impressive NFL career.The former Fresno State Bulldog went undrafted out of college and ended up signing with the Rams in 1997. After only one year in St. Louis, Robinson signed with the Bears, where he made his name as a hard-nosed defensive lineman.

“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Bryan Robinson,” the Bears said in a statement. “He will be remembered for the determination and work ethic he displayed on the field over his six years in Chicago. The Bears and our fans will always be indebted to him for his game-saving blocked field goal in Green Bay six days after Walter Payton’s passing. Our prayers are with Bryan and his family.”

The blocked field goal against the Packers came in 1999 and was the highlight of an emotional week for the Bears.Robinson’s improbable block gave the Bears a wild win at Lambeau Field. With just seven seconds left in the game and the Bears clinging to a 14-13 lead, Green Bay’s Ryan Longwell came on the field for a 28-yard field goal attempt that should’ve been an easy chip shot, but wasn’t, thanks to Robinson.Robinson got his hand on the ball to make the block and preserve the win.

“I think Walter Payton actually picked me up a little bit and boosted me up in the air because I can’t jump that high,” Robinson said after the game, via the Chicago Tribune. “Walter had a lot to do with it. I know he did.”

Former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was one of many players who took to Twitter to show respect for Robinson.After six seasons with the Bears, Robinson signed with Cincinnati in 2005, where he helped the Bengals end their 15-year playoff drought. Robinson spent three seasons with the Bengals before signing with the Cardinals in 2008.The veteran defensive lineman ended up starting 15 games for the Cardinals in 2008, the year they made their improbable run to Super Bowl XLIII.

25 Years since Bulls first NBA Title!!

25 years ago Sunday, the Bulls won their first ever NBA Title with a win over the Lakers at the Great Western Forum. Here are the Bulls starters JOHN PAXSON,BILL CARTWRIGHT,MICHAEL JORDAN,SCOTTIE PIPPEN, and HORACE GRANT preparing for the “We’re Going To Disneyland” commercial.  Oh, and who the hell is that behind Scottie and Horace!!!(LOL).

Bulls get no luck this time in NBA lottery, they get the 14th(and last of lottery teams)pick.

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The Bulls were in the lottery, but they got the worst pick(14th)of all teams that missed the Playoffs.  Also, since the Sacramento Kings were in the top 10(8th), the Bulls do not get their pick this year.

Philadelphia 76ers

Los Angeles Lakers 2
Boston Celtics 3
Phoenix Suns 4
Minnesota Timberwolves 5
New Orleans Pelicans 6
Denver Nuggets 7
Sacramento Kings 8
Toronto Raptors 9
Milwuakee Bucks 10
Orlando Magic 11
Utah Jazz 12
Phoenix Suns 13
Denver Nuggets (via Rockets) 15
Boston Celtics (via Mavericks) 16
Memphis Grizzlies 17
Detroit Pistons 18
Denver Nuggets (via Blazers) 19
Indiana Pacers 20
Atlanta Hawks 21
Charlotte Hornets 22
Boston Celtics 23
Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat) 24
Los Angeles Clippers 25
Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder) 26
Toronto Raptors 27
Phoenix Suns (via Cavs) 28
San Antonio Spurs 29
Golden State Warriors 30

Bears trade up(with Tampa Bay)and draft Leonard Floyd of Georgia

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The Bears on Thursday night traded up two spots in the first round of the NFL Draft to select Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick.The 6-6, 244-pounder appeared in 38 games with 32 starts over three seasons for the Bulldogs, recording 184 tackles, 28.5 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks.

“We said all along we wanted to improve the athleticism and speed on our defense and we’ve definitely done that with Leonard Floyd,” said general manager Ryan Pace.

“This guy lines up all over the field for Georgia. We see him as an outside linebacker on our defense. He brings great athleticism for a guy that tall with that kind of length. He brings some juice to our defense that we need and will definitely help our pass rush.”

The Bears dealt the 11th overall pick and one of their two fourth-round selections (106th overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the No. 9 choice.

“We were concerned he would go a couple of picks ahead of us,” Pace said. “This is a guy we identified, a guy we wanted, so we didn’t sit on our hands. The luxury of having extra picks gives us the ammunition to do those things.There was a consensus on this player; all the scouts, all the coaches all had this guy graded very similar. For me, that kind of makes it an easier decision. In addition to that, it fills a major need on our defense. We were excited about it and wanted to be aggressive and ensure we get the guy that we wanted.”

It’s been 20 years since the Bears last traded up in the first round, jumping five spots to select cornerback Walt Harris at No. 13 in 1996.Floyd played one year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia before enrolling at Georgia in 2013. After starting eight of 13 games as a freshman, he was voted the Bulldogs’ defensive MVP as a sophomore in 2014 when he registered 55 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss and six sacks. Last season Floyd led Georgia in sacks for the third straight year with 4.5 and tied for the team lead with 10.5 tackles-for-loss.

“When you watch the film on him he’s not just rushing from the outside linebacker position, he’s floating in the middle of the defense and shooting through an interior gap with great burst,” Pace said. “I don’t think you can have enough pass rushers in today’s game; if you look at the playoffs this past year it really showed that. You need to load up on pass rushers and that’s what we’re doing.”

Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.Bears selected Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick.Pace revealed that coach John Fox was strongly in favor of selecting Floyd.

“He’s been pounding the table to add these kind of guys for a while,” Pace said. “We talk during the season [and Fox says], ‘Hey, Ryan, we’ve got to get off the field on third down.’ We needed guys to help us in that area and this is the type of player that can help that, add a major pass rush threat to our defense.”

At 6-6 and 244 pounds, Floyd has a lanky frame that lacks bulk. Asked if the Bears’ first-round pick needs to add weight and strength, Pace said: “John says that we can make a guy stronger and get him bigger, but we can’t get him faster and more athletic.

“He’s definitely fast and athletic. He’s got such great length that guys don’t get into his body. When you see him playing the run on the edge of the defense, he uses his hands really well and he plays with such great separation that it’s hard for guys to get into him. I think that helps him a lot even though he’s a little thinner framed.”

Pace feels that Floyd’s ideal playing weight is “probably in the 240s.”

“The last thing you want to do is bulk this guy up and then you’re taking away what he does best,” Pace said. “You see some guys put on too much weight too fast and they look stiff and they lose some of that twitch that makes them a special player.We’ve got to do it the right way. I’ve got a lot of confidence in our strength and conditioning coaches, our sports science director Jenn Gibson, to get Leonard at an optimal playing weight to maximize his talent.”