Jon Bostic expects 'big year' from Bears defense

Jon Bostic expects 'big year' from Bears defense
August 1, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Charlie Roumeliotis

As a rookie, Jon Bostic saw more playing time — appeared in all 16 games — than anticipated after the Bears' defense faced numerous injuries throughout the 2013 campaign. The Bears linebacker is competing for a starting job this season, and explained how he can take a step forward in 2014.

"Since I've been here, I'm doing whatever they ask of me," Bostic said on Kap & Haugh. "Last year, we went through a lot of growing pains — learned through the good and the bad — and this year, I'm excited with how we're gonna be playing this year. We're trying to get after the quarterback in multiple types of ways, so really wherever they ask me to play, I'm comfortable doing everything."

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The Bears quickly made it known that pressuring the quarterback will be a priority this year after signing Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston in the offseason. And Bostic believes the improvements to the defensive line will surely help the rest of the defense.

"It's big time. You ask any linebacker in the league or anybody that knows football, no linebacker or [defensive back] is anything without that front four," he said. "... It's gonna be a big year for us."

You can check out Bostic's full comments in the video above.