My first time inside of the Chicago Bears facility after the 2008 NFL Draft, I quickly found out who runs the show. You have front office personnel, coaches and security, but if you ask anyone within that organization who RAN the team, they will tell you these three words: THE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN.
The offensive lineman is totally different from other positions. They move, talk and laugh in sync. They travel in packs, and you will never catch one without the other. NEVER. Not walking, running, training room or locker room they are A MOB. Therefore, the last thing you want to do is fight a lineman.
In 2008, I was told that if a lineman said anything to you ignore it and keep walking. It was not until after training camp where I comprehended what was said to me. Walking through the halls, I see Future Hall of Famer offensive lineman C #1 with the Mob. I was told the stories of how he had broken another lineman jaw and was a tough S.O.B. All I heard was, “here comes our third round bust.” My pride and ego were there, but so was my intelligence. There was no way I was about to brawl with the Mob. I politely took my L and kept moving.
Fast forward to 2013, where we had our share of fights during the season. But, this fight between the offensive lineman and a DT was critical. C #1 had got into a fight with a practice squad guy. The battle was fairly even. That was until the rest of the offensive lineman saw the fight. The first-round pick OG had made himself comfortable and meshed with the group. When he saw the fight, there was nothing the practice squad guy could do. I saw a 6’7, 330-pound, guy, mid-air barreling toward the practice squad guy like a torpedo. WHAM!!!! He obliterated the guy, and Coach Trestman kicked everyone out of practice.
The linemen didn’t take ANY slack from ANYONE — not the front office personnel, not the coaches and definitely not the players. If you wanted to pick a fight with one lineman, you might as well get ready to brawl with all 8 of them because not one will just be watching. The Mob was always intact. Always prepared for the best and most importantly, THE WORST.
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