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Unsung hero in the trenches

DT Stephen Paea (Scott Boehm/Getty)

While most of the recent attention has been given to Chicago's pass rushers, the player no one is talking about, defensive tackle Stephen Paea, is the engine that makes the D-line go.

Under coach Lovie Smith, the Chicago Bears defensive line has always been built on speed and quickness, rather than size and strength. In Smith's system, defensive linemen are tasked with shooting the gaps and penetrating into the backfield. A lumbering, 330-pound nose tackle has no place in Chicago's Cover 2. It's the reason the Bears appointed second-year defensive lineman Stephen Paea, all... Recommended Stories