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News: ESPND: Bears beat writer's take on Henry Melton and Bears tenure

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    ESPN.com Chicago Bears reporter Michael C. Wright and Cowboys reporter Todd Archer take a look at what the move means for both teams.

    Todd Archer: What are the Cowboys getting in Melton?

    Michael C. Wright: If Melton plays like he did in 2011 and 2012 (13 combined sacks), the Cowboys are getting a heck of a player that probably still hasn’t reached his potential, because you have to remember the Bears drafted him to play defensive end in 2009 and he didn’t become a defensive tackle full time until 2011. In Melton’s first season as a full-time interior defensive lineman, he led all NFC defensive tackles with seven sacks. My only gripe with Melton is he’s probably not as stout as you’d like against the run. As an under tackle, obviously Melton is more of a penetrator than run-stuffer. But as you know, the No. 1 objective of any defense is to stop the run, and I don’t think Melton does that as well as he rushes the passer. Just watch next season, you’ll see several times when Melton will slash into the backfield only to have the running back run right past him. As good as Melton is at running down plays from the backside, he’ll struggle somewhat when teams run right at him. Another thing you’ll notice about Melton is he has a tendency to run hot and cold. I know in his first season as a full-time starter, Melton admitted that increased playing time wore on him down the stretch. But the bottom line is if Dallas gets a committed Melton, who shows up to camp in shape and playing with a passion, he’ll be worth every dollar the Cowboys spent.

    Archer: Can you talk about the relationship he forged with Rod Marinelli?

    Wright: Todd, I don’t know what it is about Marinelli, but he has a way of getting through to people and helping them play their best. He did it with Warren Sapp, Julius Peppers, Melton and a host of others. I think in Melton, Marinelli saw early on a player that could develop into a star if he could put on some weight and refine his game, and I think the coach relayed those thoughts to the defensive tackle; sort of one of those “if you just listen to me,” type of deals. Prior to the 2011 season when the Bears made the decision to make Melton a defensive tackle full time, Marinelli, former coach Lovie Smith and former general manager Jerry Angelo constantly told everyone Melton was about to have a breakout year. Of course, nobody believed them because the year before, Melton didn’t play much, and when he did he was splitting time between defensive tackle and end. Anyway in Melton’s first year as a starting defensive tackle (2011), he became a beast under Marinelli’s tutelage. Then with more guidance from Marinelli, Melton turned it up a notch in 2012. Melton was certainly missing Marinelli last season with the coach having left for Dallas. Ultimately, Melton believes in Marinelli -- known as an expert motivator and stickler for strict adherence to fundamentals and accountability -- and the coach believes in the player. Marinelli has said Melton is one of the most natural pass-rushers he’s ever coached.

    Archer: It seems like the Bears had some concerns with his maturity, what’s the deal?

    Wright: Bears general manager Phil Emery mentioned Melton's “passion” for the game and commitment to rehabbing from the torn ACL as potential concerns right after the season, but I’m not sure there’s quite enough evidence to suggest he’ll have issues in the future. In fact, at the time, I thought Emery was sort of laying the seeds to give Melton a low-ball offer in free agency. "Henry, in particular, he has got to fully dedicate himself to rehab. He has to fully dedicate his mind and his focus to football, which is extremely important," Emery said back on Jan. 2. But Maybe Emery’s concerns about Melton’s commitment to rehab stemmed, in part, from his arrest back in December for that incident out in Grapevine, Texas. The night Melton was arrested, the Bears were out in Philadelphia getting ready to play for a spot in the postseason. And although Melton wasn’t obligated to be with the team or at its facilities rehabbing at the time, you know the perception a situation like that puts out: instead of working out and rehabilitating, Melton is back home getting into a bar fight. Sure, Melton is known to go out and have a good time, just like many of his peers around the NFL, and he’s still a very young player. But the only concern I’d have regarding Melton’s maturity is the fact he’s now back in his hometown playing for the home team, and he’s likely to be surrounded by a lot of old friends and family that might distract from his focus on the craft. At the same time, I think being back with Marinelli might alleviate some of that.


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  2. rwill784

    rwill784 Active Member

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    Good post
  3. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Love ready the bolded parts. There is no way the Cowboys operate their business like that in the past. It's a pleasant change.
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  4. Next Years Champ

    Next Years Champ Active Member

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    Its also a pleasant change that our DC is instrumental in bringing Melton to Dallas.

    I'm sorry..

    Does anybody remember Rob Ryan bringing in quality help during his stay?

    Didn't think so.

    Ryan brought nothing, left nothing and developed nothing.

    Go figure.

    And thanx, Rod Marinelli.

    Looking forward to your defense this year.
  5. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    JMO but we seriously upgraded when Marinelli took over for Kiffin. Very excited to see the new faces on defense and how they perform next fall.
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  6. SlimBig

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    Reading this makes me want Aaron Donald even more.

    With Marinelli teaching Donald a few more tricks? Yikes. He might be Warren Sapp-like.
    We gotta make a play for him.
  7. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    Forget about Donald, :D I'll drop down and take RaShede Hageman. With the right coaching this guy could be a stud.

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