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Last year's defense lacked passion and intensity. New defensive end Jared Allen has brought those qualities to camp, and it hasn't gone unnoticed from head coach Marc Trestman.
“I thought Jared set the tone defensively with Lamarr [Houston] and the guys up front, Jeremiah [Ratliff] up front, just in the start of practice,” Trestman said, per Michael Wright of ESPN.com. “That was clear through his performance today that he not only started fast and finished strong.”
The Bears have seen Allen up close and personal plenty of times from his days in Minnesota, so they know his personality. Allen looks to be even more fired up to prove he can still play at a high level and probably wants to stick it to his former team.
Allen's high intensity can only help a defense in desperate need of some personality and life. It will pick up the rest of the unit and help him win over his new teammates sooner than later.