Israel Idonije started again in Tommie Harris’ place this Sunday at Detroit and recorded three solo tackles and a pass deflection.
Idonije recorded a sack the week before against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Although Idonije is only signed through next season, don’t be shocked if he makes the list of players whose contract the Bears want to extend.
Idonije turns 28 next month and seems to improve with more responsibility.
He has gone from a part-time end and special-teams player to having a defined role at tackle.
He moved from defensive end to defensive tackle and gained about 35 pounds this offseason.
Both head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo have said a team never can have enough quality defensive tackles.
Lovie on Israel Idonije’s play this season:
”Israel has taken advantage of every opportunity we’ve given him since he’s been here.”
”He played very well [Sunday], like he has the last couple weeks, and he hasn’t peaked yet. He has a lot of ability, and I only see him getting better. ”But that’s what we would like for all of our players, to take advantage of opportunities when we give it to them.”
The Bears defensive tackle rotation is much better than last seasons and i think even better than the Super Bowl season.
With Tommie Harris, Dusty Dvoraceck, Israel Idonije, Anthony Adams, and Marcus Harrison they look really solid.