When the Chicago Bears cut future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher this offseason, there were plenty of questions that arose because of not only how it was handled, but regarding who would replace the face of the franchise in the middle.
Chicago went out right away and signed veteran — but troubled — linebacker D.J. Williams, formerly of the Denver Broncos. The team then drafted Florida middle linebacker Jon Bostic in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, thus giving Williams some competition in camp.
Entering training camp, Williams began working with the first team. But, because of a calf injury he was sidelined after the first week and Bostic took over his duties. Since then, all the former Gator has done is continue to improve and hold that starting spot further and further away from Williams.
In his first two preseason games, Bostic has had a couple of highlight reel-type plays that have Bears fans raving. Against the Carolina Panthers, Bostic picked off Cam Newton and took it all the way back to the house for a score. From that point on, the starting job seemed more and more like it was going to stay in Bostic’s favor.
In his second preseason showing against the San Diego Chargers, Bostic put a lick on wideout Mike Willie. I have to admit, I stood up out of my seat and immediately thought to myself — this kid is for real.
There is nothing not to like about him. Bostic is the perfect fit for Chicago’s defense. He’s quick, strong and makes big plays. He’s a constant learner, picking up the defense better each and every day according to his coaches. Bostic is quickly becoming a fan favorite even before he plays in his first regular season game.
If head coach Marc Trestman is smart, Bostic remains the starter — for good. Williams has too much recent trouble and not enough production to warrant a start over the hungry and versatile Bostic. Bears fans, do not fret over the loss of Urlacher any more. It’s the Jon Bostic show now.