Shea McClellin press conference transcript‏

Shea McClellin press conference transcript‏

The Bears introduced DE/OLB Shea McClellin at Halas Hall on Friday. He addressed a lot of questions, from his thoughts on playing with Brian Urlacher to his concussion history.

For those of you who missed the presser live online or on radio, we have made the full transcript available for you here.

On first reaction when learning he was drafted by Bears

“I was very excited. That was my first thought. I still have a little adrenaline left in me from last night. My heart was beating fast; I thought this would be a great opportunity for me in this organization and this city to play in. I’m really excited.”

On his thoughts when the Bears sent a coach for a private workout

“I think whenever a team sends a coach out to see you, you have to take it a little serious. I had a great workout that day and did some board work and did a good job and thought I might have a chance.”

On his thoughts on playing in a 4-3 defense vs. a 3-4

“I think it’s great. I think I fit well. I consider myself a rush end and that’s what they want me to do, so I’m going to get after the quarterback and I’m going to love it. It’s going to be great.”

On where he thought the Packers and Patriots wanted him to play

“I think they wanted me to rush the quarterback as well and I think that’s what I’m best at, so I think that any team that was looking at me wanted me to play that rush kind of end or linebacker.”

On whom he compares his playing style to

“I think Mike Vrabel, just because his versatility. You know, able to play multiple positions. People like Brooks Reed, just the way he plays, his high motor, that kind of thing. I compare myself to those two. As far as ends go, someone like Jared Allen. He plays hard and that’s the way I like to play.”

On doubters saying his level of competition in college hasn’t prepared him for the NFL

“To all those doubters, I’m going to have to go out there and prove myself and I’m used to that. I came from Boise State where we had to prove ourselves every week so I’m used to that and that’s what I’m going to have to do every day.”

On whether doubters put a chip on his shoulder

“Oh yeah, definitely puts a chip on my shoulder. Like I said, I’m used to it so I’m just going to go out there and compete every day, work hard to get better and just go out there and do the best that I can.”

On whether he ever struggled in sports

“In sports, not really. I kind of got it. It’s one thing that I’ve got is sports. I played multiple sports and played them pretty well. In basketball I played one through 5. Wherever the team needed me at. In baseball I played center, third base, I was kind of all over the place. I haven’t had real troubles with it.”

On concussions reports

“Yeah it did bother me a little bit. I didn’t know where those reports came from. I had one concussion in 2010. I didn’t miss a game, I missed one practice, they kept me out. In 2009 it wasn’t really a concussion. I had concussion-like symptoms but I was sick before that, so it was more precautionary and it wasn’t really a concussion so basically just one. I don’t know where three came from. I changed my helmet up this last year and I haven’t had a problem since so we’re good to go. No worries for me.”

On playing with Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher

“I think it’s exciting. There are so many great players on this defense. There’s so much tradition just in Chicago in the sports area around here and it’s great. I can’t wait to play alongside, like you were saying, Peppers, Urlacher, Briggs, the whole defense, it’s going to be awesome for sure.”

On the best college players he played against

“I don’t remember their names. I mean there are teams we played against, Virginia Tech they’re a great team, Georgia was a good team this year. I think a lot of the teams we played against were highly underrated. Even though we come from a small conference there are good players on the teams. Just like us (Boise State), we have potentially 9 guys, 8 to 9 guys that could get drafted this year so I think we played against good completion and I think it’s just the way it is. I think it’s good.”

On his ideal playing weight

“I have a pretty wide playing range. I think I can play from 250 to 270. I got up to 270 before and I felt just the same as I did at 250 so anywhere in that range I think I’ll be good.”

On if he has a hard time holding weight

“No. No, I can fluctuate pretty easily. I can drop down if I need to. I can gain weight pretty fast if I need to.”

On the impact he expects to make as a rookie

“I just want to go in there and compete every day. I just want to help the team win games and win a championship really. Whatever happens, starting or whatever, that’s up to the coaches. I’m just going to work hard and compete every day.”

On special teams

“I think I’m definitely going to be on special teams here. I think they believe I can do that and I know I can do that. At Boise State I played on punt return and kickoff return. I did kickoff in practice. I was back-up on punt, they just never put me in the game because we had an older teammate there for a long time so they just kept him there but I’m used to it and I just like getting out and competing and I expect to have a big impact on special teams.”

On what role Boise State played in getting him to where he is today

“I think it’s very tough just because I came from a small school and I wasn’t rated very high and Boise State really liked me. They thought I could do big things and they played a big role in my life. Coach Pete, my position coach, helped me out so much not just for football but in life, teaching me to be a man. I think that’s why, as a team, we are great. Props to Coach Pete and the rest of the coaches there. They definitely get us right, not only as players but as young men as well.”

On if he had a lot of college offers coming out of high school

“Not really, no. I committed pretty early so teams didn’t really have a chance. Oregon was looking at me for tight end. I got offers from Idaho, Idaho State, a couple other small schools. Every other school wanted me to play tight end and I didn’t want to.”

On if he played eight man football

“No, eleven man.”

On whether if he is better left at one position or playing multiple positions

“I really don’t prefer one. I think I can be effective in both. As long as I’m getting after the quarterback I think I can be effective.  As you stated, this year I was kind of all over the place. People that look at stats, I guess I didn’t have the stats compared to the other guys but if you look at my stats you know I averaged, what, 35 plays a game compared to other guys getting 60, 70. And they’re rushing the passer every down, I was in coverage, I was doing all kinds of things so it’s hard to compare and that kind of thing. I really think I can be effective, hand in the dirt, standing up, whatever the team wants me to play, needs me to play.”

On if he had any connections to Chicago prior to being drafted

“Um, nope. I did not. The only time I’ve been here was for a connection flight.”

When he first heard the name “Chicago” what did he think of

“The Windy City. Wind. That’s the nickname for it. I’ve always heard it’s a great sports town the fans are great so I’m really excited to be here and play for the Chicago Bears. “

On what he thinks will be the most challenging part of the NFL

“I think there’s always some little adjustments that - life off the field people are going to treat you a little differently. On the field, just the speed of it. For myself, I don’t think that’s an issue. I think for everyone it takes a little bit of time but not an issue. Other than that I think the hardest thing will probably be the mental aspect of it. You got to get your mind right, for sure and just be able to handle everything.”

On if he has met any of the players yet

“No, not yet, I haven’t seen them but Jay Cutler texted me last night congratulating me and I talked to Winston Venable. He used to be my teammate at Boise State so I talked to him for a little bit on the phone last night. It was great.”



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