Pro Bowl OL Kyle Long lined up on the opposite side of the trenches against the Chicago Bears’ newest addition DE Jared Allen while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings, but is now happy to call him a teammate.
The Bears’ second-year guard is happy to call him a teammate for two reasons: He now doesn’t have to help stop him wreak havoc on Bears QB Jay Cutler twice a year and now that Allen is in the locker room, he can pick the brain of the man that is a few sacks away from cracking the top-10 list.
In an interview with ESPN Chicago, Long said he was ecstatic when he heard the news that the Bears signed Allen to a free agent deal. Allen is 12th on the all-time sack list with 128.5 career sacks.
Long, a rookie Pro Bowler at right guard last season, never had to prepare to face Allen because Allen is an edge pass rusher while Long plays the interior line. However, with watching him go toe-to-toe with tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jordan Mills, it’s easy to see why Long would want to learn from one of the best to ever play the position, so he can be one of the best ever to stop the position.
When the Bears took Long in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon, Long was a raw talent with a lot of upside, and when he won the starting guard spot out of training camp, nobody expected he would be this good this quick. Long is already on the road to a very long and successful career in the NFL, and having a great defensive mind to pick like Allen’s while Long is still young will not only make him, but the Chicago Bears even better.