By Dan McNeil-

There’s no reason to barbecue Phil Emery after the new GM’s first few hours in the Bears’ war room. I have no interest, however, in standing in line with anybody desirous of tossing rose petals at his feet.

It sounds like Shea McClellin is a classic “tweener.” Too small to be a full-time defensive end. Not a ferocious enough tackler to live up to the high standards set by Bears linebackers over the years.

Another project. At a time when the championship window is closing.

Maybe McClellin will be the perfect tonic for a Chicago pass rush that was spotty last season. Maybe the 6-3, 260-pounder from Caldwell, Idaho, and Julius Peppers will become the NFC’s version of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis before the Colts went from a Super Bowl team to being first on the clock.

I’m open minded.

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