Kyle Long: Bears should re-sign DT Nate Collins 'ASAP'

Kyle Long: Bears should re-sign DT Nate Collins 'ASAP'
March 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Hall of Fame exec Jim Finks believed that owners own, coaches coach and players play. Presumably, that meant offensive players play offense, defensive players play defense, and so on.

But Bears guard Kyle Long offered his thoughts on what the team should be doing in advance of free agency to help the defensive line.

Collins has gone to Montana to work out with Long but the push has nothing to do with camaraderie.

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Collins began the season as the swing defensive tackle behind Henry Melton and Stephen Paea. When Melton was lost to a torn ACL in game three, Collins started at three-technique at Detroit. 

When Paea was inactive the next week with a toe injury, Collins started at nose tackle. Unfortunately Collins himself went down in that game with his own torn ACL.

Probably not entirely coincidentally, only one of the first five Bears opponents last season, the five games in which Collins played, averaged more than 3.8 yards per carry. After Collins went down, none of the final 11 opponents averaged less than 4.2.