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Paea getting used to double teams

NT Stephen Paea (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)

Stephen Paea says being double teamed is par for the course for an NFL nose tackle. His ability to eat up space in the trenches is the main reason Chicago is ranked 2nd against the run.

For any nose tackle in the NFL, being pounded by double teams is part of the job. Typically the nose is a big-bodied player who is hard to move, forcing opposing offensive lines to commit two players in an effort to remove him from running lanes. While most nose tackles can eat space due to their sheer size – particularly in 3-4 systems, where nose guards are ponderous, humungous human beings...

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