Israel Idonije Doesn’t Deny Tipping Off Detroit Lions To Bears’ Calls; Jim Schwartz Calls It ‘ridiculous’

Israel Idonije agrees to join Lions

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“He’s a chunk of years younger than me, and in better shape, I would say,” Marz says, laughing. They do have one more important connection: Both are creative forces for The Protectors, a graphic novel coming next year from Idonije’s own Athleta Comics that aims to appeal to both comic nerds and sports fans. “I want to bring the worlds together,” says the football player. “I always felt like it hadn’t been done correctly so why can’t I take a shot at it? Idonije is in New York City this weekend for a reason other than sacking Eli Manning or Mark Sanchez, as he and Marz will be at the Javits Center for New York Comic Con showing attendees what they have in store with The Protectors, which features art by Bart Sears. Originally conceived by Idonije during three weeks of Bears training camp in 2007, the concept of the book is an origin story for a different kind of superhero.

Bush ran for 139 yards on 18 carries, and the Bears player told ESPN that Bush had most of his big gains when Chicago ran a power stunt that it eventually stopped using. Bush gained 112 yards on 11 first-half carries. On the TV replay, the Bears did not appear to complete a defensive-line stunt, where one lineman loops around another, altering his rush lane, on any of those runs. Idonije, who signed with the Lions as a free agent this summer after playing the last 10 years in Chicago, including the final two under current Bears defensive line coach Mike Phair, said its a compliment to the Lions offense that he was accused of insider trading. It just says a lot about the preparation and execution of our offense to go out there and just to be able to deliver and dominate that defense the way they did such that they thought theyre getting some sort of inside information because theyre executing so efficiently, Idonije said. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said at his news conference today that any suggestion Idonije provided his new team with enough insight to alter the game was ridiculous and devalues what Bush accomplished on the field. We rushed for a lot of yards because we blocked them and Reggie Bush broke tackles and things like that, Schwartz said.

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More From ESPN.com Israel Idonije appears to be a perfect addition to the Lions’ suddenly deep defensive line rotation, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog After spending his first nine seasons with the Bears , Idonije jumped to Chicago’s NFC North rival. He signed with the Bears’ practice squad as a rookie late in the 2003 season after initially entering the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Cleveland Browns . Primarily a special-teams standout and reserve defensive lineman for his first six full seasons, Idonije emerged as one of the Bears’ starting defensive ends in 2010 and went on to post a career-high eight sacks. He combined for 12.5 sacks over the past two seasons, splitting time between end and defensive tackle in Chicago’s nickel package. Bears general manager Phil Emery publicly stated at the NFL combine in February that the team wanted to re-sign Idonije, but at a reduced price. The 32-year-old defensive lineman earned $2.5 million last season.

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Wright (@mikecwright) September 29, 2013 If Idonije was able to tip off Detroit about Chicago’s play-calling, that’s bad coaching by the Bears staff. Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) September 29, 2013 Truth. The Bears decided to keep Lovie Smith’s old system intact despite a new coordinator in Mel Tucker, and they allowed Idonije walk to Detroit without too much of a fight. Not only was Idonije a very smart player clearly but he also was very popular in the Bears’ locker room. That is, until he may or may not have tipped off his new team. His new first-place team, that is.

What does he see his role being for the Lions in 2013? Left end inside wherever they want me, he said. Ive been fortunate to play every position on the line and get some good reps at every position. Wherever they need me inside, outside Ill just strap it up and go to work. In a separate interview, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh raved about Israels contributions already, both on the field and in the locker room. Ive had some great, great conversations with him, and I think hes going to be an absolutely great addition to our defensive line, Suh told me Not only from a veteran perspective, but also from a production perspective. Even though hes been in the league 10 years, I think he still has a lot of production left in that thank. You can just see some of the things that Ive learned from him, in seeing his play. Suh explained that Israel is so fast and so adept at adjusting his pass-rush path to the depth of the quarterbacks drop, it helps him too as the left-side defensive tackle.

Chicago Bears players say former teammate Israel Idonije was feeding Detroit Lions their defensive calls

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The Browns signed him as an undrafted free agent. He was on their practice squad for part of the 2003 season and ended the season on the Bears’ practice squad. He made the Bears’ 53-player roster for good in 2004 and became a full-time starter in 2010. As important as character and working in the community are, the priority in building a roster starts with what a player can produce on the field. In Idonije’s case, he holds up both ends. “We don’t bring anybody here just to be a mentor,” Coach Jim Schwartz said.

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