Scout Premium Content

Unsung hero in the trenches

DT Stephen Paea (Scott Boehm/Getty)

While most of the recent attention has been given to Chicago's pass rushers, the player no one is talking about, defensive tackle Stephen Paea, is the engine that makes the D-line go.

Under coach Lovie Smith, the Chicago Bears defensive line has always been built on speed and quickness, rather than size and strength. In Smith's system, defensive linemen are tasked with shooting the gaps and penetrating into the backfield. A lumbering, 330-pound nose tackle has no place in Chicago's Cover 2. It's the reason the Bears appointed second-year defensive lineman Stephen Paea, all... Recommended Stories

  • It took seven games but the YAC-producing, tackle-breaking Randall Cobb returned on Sunday against Carolina (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

  • With a depleted supporting cast of proven playmakers, Aaron Rodgers might be having his best season. Nonetheless, Rodgers' brilliant numbers haven't exactly dropped the jaws of anyone in the Packers'…

  • One week at a time, Green Bay's defense has been turning its weaknesses into strengths. With Week 7 almost in the books, the Packers rank 10th in points and tied for eighth in yards per play, and sore…

  • Dr. Roto believes Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will overtake WR Brian Hartline as the team's No. 2 receiver sooner rather than later. Stay ahead of the curve with Dr. Roto!

  • The San Francisco Giants came out swinging in Game One of the 2014 World Series, scoring three times in the first inning and never looking back.

Up Next