Willie Young joins two of Bears’ all-time greats with sack streak

Bears outside linebacker Willie Young has recorded at least one sack in five straight games.
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Chicago Bears outside linebacker Willie Young sacked Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one sack to five.

Only two other players in Bears franchise history — linebacker Brian Urlacher and defensive tackle Steve McMichael — have enjoyed a sack streak as long as Young’s.

Via Chicago’s official Twitter account:

Urlacher played 13 seasons with the Bears from 2000 to 2012, and he was a perennial Pro Bowler. McMichael also enjoyed a long career in Chicago (1981-1993), including a victory in Super Bowl XX. Both players were All-Pro defenders.

Young, a former 4-3 defensive end, only had one sack in his first eight games as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Since then, however, he has thrived in Vic Fangio’s new defensive scheme. If he’s having an impact similar to those of Urlacher and McMichael, Young should be a pass-rusher to build around for the future.

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