Q&A with the new Chicago Bears linebacker’s college coordinator – The Mercury News

Q&A with the new Chicago Bears linebacker’s college coordinator – The Mercury News

Rookie Noah Sewell joins the Chicago Bears at an intriguing time in the linebackers room.

Before the Bears drafted Sewell out of Oregon in the fifth round, general manager Ryan Poles signed free agents Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards to join second-year linebacker Jack Sanborn. Now Sewell arrives to add depth to the position.

Oregon defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi worked with Sewell for his final season with the Ducks as he wrapped up a three-year career that included 215 tackles, 20½ tackles for a loss, 7½ sacks, two interceptions, 11 passes defended and three forced fumbles.

Lupoi spoke recently with the Tribune about Sewell’s strengths and potential. Here’s that interview, edited for clarity.

Note: This is part of a series of conversations with the college coaches of this year’s Bears draft picks.

What type of player are the Bears getting in Noah?

He’s an extremely hard-working, committed player. He really has a unique skill set of versatility. A guy that can stop the run and do some unique things as far as coverage concepts on first and second down, but a guy that doesn’t necessarily have to leave the field on third down. He can rush the passer, not just as a blitzer but from the line of scrimmage. That embodies the unique skill set for a linebacker in today’s game.

Where does he still need to develop?

He has proven to be a successful tackler at the point of contact. I think just his actual approach in space. That’s something he committed to improving and he did, and it helped him a lot to make some great plays this last season. That’s something he can continue to grow at, just his approach to put himself in the best position possible to make tackles in space.

You mentioned his pass-rushing ability as a blitzer and from the line of scrimmage. How did you see that grow in your year with him?

Yeah, we obviously had a short time together. That was a pleasant surprise, noticing early on his hip fluidity and shoulder rotation was a lot more than I was expecting, just as far as drilling with him and doing some (individual work) and then being able to utilize that skill on game day. That wasn’t something I was necessarily expecting to do with him, but (it was) just kind of going through trial and error and seeing him in practice. He committed to improving that aspect of his game in the offseason, and that was evident of his ability to affect the passer from the line of scrimmage.

You came in with Dan Lanning before Noah’s final year. How did Noah handle the coaching staff change?

He was awesome with us, a man of character, very respectful. We put a lot on him, a lot of new terminology, a lot of volume. We asked him to play stack backer. We asked him to play at the line of scrimmage. We asked him to be verbal and an individual that aligned our defense. Although we put a lot on his shoulders, he never complained, never really hesitated and was someone we could depend on. Although it was a short time, I’m thankful for those months we were able to spend with him.

His production, in terms of tackles and some other stats, was down from 2021 to 2022. Was that adjusting to the new defense? Can you explain what went into that dip?

I can’t answer that other than anytime someone is involved in a full, new schematics change, fundamentals and technique of what we asked him to do and just a whole different defense — alignment, assignment. Our whole defense, not just him, we improved from week to week, and as guys got more confident within the scheme and knowing what they were doing, the whole defense started playing a little better and faster, Noah included.

So fortunately in the NFL draft you’re going to be evaluated based on the totality of what you accomplished in college football. He has obviously proven to have some great stats and made a lot of tackles throughout his totality of his resume overall, and I think that’s what helped him. He showed a lot of versatility playing in some different schemes because he’s had some different staffs, and I think that will carry over and help him at the next level.

He comes from a football family, with his brothers playing and his dad being a coach. How did you see that influence him?

He comes from an awesome family. (His parents) represent all the right things and they hold their sons accountable, and that all plays a role in the overall person he’s become. And that also translates over to the field as well, being a leader and being someone you can count on. He’s got his brothers as well. They’re a very close-knit family and grew up competing, and I think that continues to this day.

You’ve mentioned him as a leader. What is he like off the field, around meetings and the team?

He’s got a growth mindset of trying to master his craft and he was on his iPad and taking notes. He’s not a big party guy by any means. He was to himself. I think for the most part, he was practicing to become the best version of himself, and I think that behavior will continue to help him at the next level.

You’ve coached in the NFL and college. What will it take for him specifically to succeed at the NFL level?

He’s on track of what he wants to become and being the best version of himself. He’s on track to be a good pro. I don’t think it’s going to surprise anybody in our building or our organization if Noah has a really successful NFL career. He’s got the mindset and desire to be great if he wants to. And I think he’s got a really bright future ahead of him.

That’s kind of what he has started to do. He takes care of his body. It’s important to him. His preparation within the meetings. And obviously it’s all going to step up now, being in the most competitive environment in the National Football League. He has been in that mindset and preparing for that moment, and I think everyone’s going to see that now that he enters his pro career.

He didn’t do a lot of special teams stuff for you, but do you think he has the skill set to do that at the NFL level?

Yeah, I do. He understands it’s going to be a requirement, and I don’t see any issue. The same skill set that’s going to make him a quality linebacker is going to carry over to that. He is an intelligent player as well, so I think he will definitely be a contributor in at least two or three phases of special teams.

What was your favorite game or moment of his?

The Utah game was awesome. It was a great moment for our culture and our defense overall. They had just blown out USC for the first time and they were the front-runner to win our conference, which they ended up doing. Our defense held them to one touchdown that night, a big moment when he stepped up and played a big role in that success. He had a big-time interception and had multiple havoc plays in the backfield, tackles for loss, and did some impressive things. He had practiced really hard and well that week, and it was awesome to see him perform at a high level in one of the highest stages of the year.


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