Allen, who has recorded five tackles and a sack in three games for the Bears to date, will bolster Carolina's pass rush in the wake of news that Charles Johnson is expected to miss multiple weeks.
However, the Bears are counting on Allen to make more of an impact as a pass rusher than in coverage, and he's failed to do that thus far. Though he was credited with two quarterback hits, Allen remains without a sack on the season, along with the rest of the Bears roster. The defense can't succeed unless Allen and fellow high-priced outside linebackers Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston start generating pressure with more frequency.
"I didn't know anything about it (playing OLB)," Allen said. "I played in a Tampa 2 defense my entire career, so there is a part of me that absolutely loves putting my hand in the dirt and that individual matchup with the left tackle in run or pass, or with the tight end. But this as a football player is fun, it really is -- the different styles of matchups you get and some of the one-on-one rushes it creates are really fun. Ultimately, it's kind of the same stuff, but later in my career it's easier on my body because I'm not technically banging every single day."
The change of position could be a blessing in disguise for Allen, who recorded a career-low 5.5 sacks last season.
"My body feels fresher because I'm not banging every single day and putting my hands on a 300-plus pounder and banging heads and that kind of stuff.
"I'm having fun with it. I know it's just OTAs, but being out there and seeing the one-on-one matchups that I've been able to create and the rush angles I've been able to create, so it's kind of broadening my perspective on football. For me, it's been a blast and I'm just excited to keep going."
With the Bears switching to a 3-4 defense, Allen will spend much of his time at outside linebacker.
"He did well in the minicamp we had here, and I think he was excited about it," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said, per ESPN. "Like I told him, I think he can have a rebirth to his career here playing a little bit of a new position. But in the NFL today, you play more nickel than you actually play base. For some teams they play nickel 65 to 75 percent of the time. He’ll be playing his normal position then. So it’s not as drastic of a change as you might think."
"I just don't know how to miss games," Allen says. "It killed me that I had to miss one."
Allen totaled 55 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks in 15 games last season.
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|2006||Kansas City Chiefs||16||77||65.0||12||7.5||1||3||3.0||3||0||11|
|2007||Kansas City Chiefs||14||64||55.0||9||15.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||10|
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