Willie Young was a standout player as he replaced Jared Allen in the starting lineup. Allen is nursing a bruised shoulder and was held out of the game by the coaches even though he felt like he could play. Young stepped in and did a solid job. He collected six total tackles and one sack of Russell Wilson.
Wilson was as shifty in the pocket as ever as he eluded multiple sacks in the first half. He was hurried on occasion as well, but was only brought down once, by Young. That is why the sack was not only a great play but an impressive one at that.
Young will be an important part of the Bears defense this upcoming season. He will most likely come off the bench once Allen makes his return to the starting lineup. Lamarr Houston will man the other side of that defensive line. So in the end, Young will play the role of super-utility defensive lineman. He will come in to spell Houston or Allen as well as move inside to the tackle position. This would give a boost in pass rush, if needed.
Young will be of so much value if he can provide all of the above. For this defense to succeed, it begins up front with the pass rush. A consistent pass rush will take some pressure off of the defensive backs. With questions still surrounding the safety positions, the pass rush will be vital in 2014. Young could provide that.