Although Jared Allen loves to take the lead with his team, he said he wants to step back for now and let the guys that have been in Chicago a while such as Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman take the lead.
“I try to lead by example,” Allen said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I know I have a reputation for being outspoken, but I’m really not. I’m really not a rah-rah guy. I’m not afraid to call a guy to the carpet because I expect accountability. I think as pros we all should expect accountability from each other.
“But I didn’t come here to take over leadership. I didn’t come here because I thought they needed a figurehead on the defense. I came here to be a part of something. Guys like Lance, who have been here, guys like Peanut, they’re leading by example, and that’s what I want to do.”
Allen, 32, will mainly be needed to replace Julius Peppers factor of the Bears defense.
Since the Bears were last in sacks last season, if he can carry on like he has in previous years, he’ll draw attention from his teammates real quick.