Defensive end Gaines Adams starts over with Bears
“Sometimes change of scenery could be good for a player,” Adams said Monday during his introductory news conference. “Obviously, some places might not be a perfect fit for a player, but hopefully, this fit will be good.”
One reason Adams believes this will be a good fit is the presence of Rod Marinelli, whom he repeatedly praised. With the respected defensive line coach working with him, Adams said he believes he can start living up to his billing coming out of college.
If Tinoisamoa is unavailable,
“All those are options for us,” coach Lovie Smith said.
Asked if the
Smith also said he doesn’t “foresee any major changes” on an offensive line that hasn’t exactly given quarterback
As for Adams, now it’s up to him to produce as advertised.
The fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Clemson, the 6-foot-5, 258-pound defensive end had 13 1/2 sacks in two-plus seasons with the
He had 14 tackles and one sack in five games this season and was a long way from the benchmark set by
“Every day I went to work at Tampa, I gave it my all,” Adams said. “Obviously, things didn’t work out as planned.”
“I have no idea,” he said. “Obviously, the coaches wanted to go in a different route, and it’s something that I had to go with.”
Although the trade caught him “totally off guard,” Adams said he has no ill will toward the
“I’ve got one of the best coaches in the NFL teaching me now,” he said. “I can listen to him, to the veteran leadership on this team (and) go from there.”