As a core special-teams player, Sherrick McManis is used to his contributions generally being overlooked. He led a Bears with 13 special-teams tackles final year — a fourth uninterrupted deteriorate he’s been initial or second on a team. But we have to demeanour it adult to know it.
“A lot of fans see defense, offense and maybe flog returners on special teams,” pronounced McManis, who is entering his eighth year in a NFL and sixth with a Bears. “[But] that’s because we play a game. Everything is evaluated. And if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t be in the league as prolonged as we have been. Everything is seen. That’s because we suffer it so much.”
It’s one thing for a numbers to be overlooked, though even league-wide approval for McManis was swept underneath a rug. As it turns out, McManis was a Pro Bowl swap for a NFC group final season, one of 3 behind a Giants’ Dwayne Harris.
Neither a NFL nor a team’s announce Pro Bowl alternates, that is not a large understanding in many cases. But even that comparatively medium approval is large for special teams. Five of a 16 starting quarterbacks in a NFC done a Pro Bowl final deteriorate (including dual as alternates). But incompatible specialists, usually one special teams “ace” is chosen.
“It wasn’t large headlines during all,” McManis said. “But during a same time, for me it wasn’t good enough. My initial idea is to do what we need to do to assistance this group win. It sounds cliche, though we wish to win. we feel like that’s a enlightenment we’re building here.
“And afterwards you’ve got personal goals, All-Pro, Pro play — a good guys that are on a team, that’s who we demeanour during and see how they’re personification a game. That’s all partial of competing and carrying fun during what we do.”
Special teams has been McManis’ sheet given he entered a NFL with a Texans as a fifth-round breeze collect out of Northwestern in 2010. Traded to a Bears in 2012, he’s a final remaining Bear from a Lovie Smith era. But even after a nearby Pro Bowl season, he’s behind in a same mark as always, fighting for his mark on a roster.
McManis has tangible value as a consistently prolific core special teams player. But as a Bears have overhauled a register underneath ubiquitous manager Ryan Pace, even a maestro spots could be unsafe as those younger and theoretically some-more jaunty players develop.
“Who knows? That’s out of my control and we don’t worry about that,” McManis said. “I only worry about putting good fasten on film, doing what I’ve been doing via my career and so distant it’s gotten me in a good place.”
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