Jared Allen feeling some regret after first game action with Bears

Jared Allen feeling some regret after first game action with Bears
August 14, 2014, 11:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Jared Allen isn't used to missing sacks.

The veteran defensive end with 128.5 career sacks had an opportunity against Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne on the first drive Thursday night, but came up empty.

Jacksonville finished with a field goal on that drive en route to scoring 13 quick points on a defensive unit mostly made up of guys at the top of the Bears depth chart.

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Allen did finish with a tackle for a loss and after sitting out the first preseason game, was just happy to get on the field and get some action.

"I'll probably be more excited come [Week 1 in] Buffalo, when it really matters," he said. "That way, I won't feel quite as bad missing the sack, knowing it didn't count.

"I was excited. Football's football and it's more so about being out there with the guys and really getting a feel for where we're at. ... It was nice to be out here in front of the home crowd, but at some point, you gotta put all the homecomings, the pep rallies to bed and you just gotta go play football."

Allen spent the last six seasons playing the villain in the eyes of Bears fans as a terror on the Minnesota Vikings defensive line. But he said the Chicago fans have treated him well, joking that nobody has flicked him off or thrown anything at him yet.

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The Bears are still sorting through some injuries and position battles are ongoing on the defensive side of the ball, but Allen liked what he saw from the unit, despite the results.

"We did a lot of good things, but there are things where we can always get better and that's what preseason is for," he said. "... Overall, there's probably 10 times more good stuff than there is bad stuff to take away from it and that's what we'll build on.

"I like what we have on talent-wise on the field. Our young guys are playing well. Games like this are ugly, but you come out on top. You'll have those along the way and you need to know you can win those games."