Fragrance aside, Danny Trevathan hopes to bring aggressiveness to the Bears
BOURBONNAIS – When it comes to describing their newest linebacker, the Bears’ renaissance man utilized all of his senses.
Would you expect anything less from Kyle Long?
The always colorful offensive guard was asked before training camp practice event started about his impressions of the team’s newest linebacker.
“If you do get your hands on him to block him, he will fight like a crazy S.O.B. to get off you and he’ll get in your face and he’ll go after the ball,” said Long of Danny Trevathan, who comes over from the Broncos to the Bears this season.
A typical answer for football, but what preceded it was a bit unusual.
“You see him on the field, you block him, he kinda smells good, he wears cologne,” said Long in a rare utilization of the sense of smell on the football field.
It produced a few laughs in the pre-camp news conference at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Conjuring up images of a fragrant Trevathan is counter to what fans might have hope for from a linebacker that figures to give their defense a needed aggressive boost in the second year under Vic Fangio.
But it wasn’t like Trevathan was denying Long’s claims.
“I saw that, actually. I kinda laugh,” said Trevathan of Long’s comments. “I take pride in smelling good. It started to spread so hopefully it will rub off on some of these guys.
“He’s a good guy man. It’s funny that he said that.”
While Trevathan owns his smell, it’s not exactly what he’s all about. He’d rather give fans a sense of what he can do on the field rather than the odor he exudes when he’s on it. This is the linebackers’ fifth year in the NFL with the previous four being spent in Denver as one of the team’s most productive tacklers.
In 2015 he had 109 total stops including two interceptions and was particularly productive in the Broncos’ run to a Super Bowl championship. He had 14 combined tackles in AFC Playoff wins over Pittsburgh and New England then led the team in tackles with eight in a Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.
He also recovered a fumble in the 24-10 win which made Trevathan a champion in what would be his final game with the Broncos.
In Chicago he enters with a fair amount of hype along with a pleasant scent. Sports Illustrated ranked him as the third best inside linebacker in the NFL and was perhaps the biggest free agent acquisition of the past offseason. He’ll be alongside Jerrell Freeman who came over from the Colts last March after he signed a three-year deal.
“I’m more of an example leader. This year I’m taking on being more vocal,” said Trevathan of his attitude as he joins the Bears. “But it’s still myself. I like to have great examples to put together with that communication and talking and being a leader. I’m still myself but I’m having fun out here with these guys.
“They put the best foot forward and they are grinding. That’s what I like.”
Trevathan also has a sense that his production may improve under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who starts his second year with the Bears. He points to the coordinator’s ability to get the most out of his athletes in the 3-4 defense as a reason for optimism.
“He’s a mastermind. He likes to put you in the right situation to make plays,” said Trevathan of Fangio. “He has some experience with that with other linebackers and other teams but here he’s doing a good job of feeling his players and know what they are good at and put you in a certain situation to make plays.”
“All over the field, that’s kinda what I see.”
But that’s not the only sense that people will use when judging Trevathan this season. According to Long, however, blocker beware.
“Then you get caught up in the aroma and you get hit under the chin,” said the offensive lineman of No. 59.
That’s when you get a sense of how the Bears upgraded the middle of their linebacking corps in 2016.