LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Most Chicago Bears players don’t have much first-hand knowledge about the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday’s opponent. But Baltimore is pretty close to the hearts of a few players.
Pernell McPhee was a Raven the first four years of his career. Safety Adrian Amos and cornerback Kyle Fuller both grew up in Baltimore. And running back Taquan Mizzell, who arrived to the Bears shortly before the start of the season, was in training camp with the Ravens.
For McPhee, he will return to his first NFL city — where he played 60 games with the Ravens from 2011 to 2014 — at a flashpoint in his career. Although McPhee has had a hard time staying healthy, he has been a bigger factor of late, with sacks in Weeks 3 and 4. McPhee also turned in a 45-snap performance (his first start of the season) in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, but his performance was uneven.
As for whether there are any weird feelings about facing the Ravens, who did not first offer him a contract before he signed with the Bears in 2015, McPhee made an interesting relationship analogy.
“Would you feel some type of way if you got married and your wife leaves you?” McPhee asked rhetorically on Thursday. “I don’t know, it was just a relationship … just like you got a [new] girlfriend. They leave you sometimes, you know what I am saying? It is what it is.
“I’m just very thankful [Ravens GM] Ozzie Newsome and [head coach] John Harbaugh gave me a chance to become a Raven.”