Miller has been improving in practice as he returns from a season-ending foot injury he sustained last summer in the Bears’ second preseason game.
Nevertheless it’s onerous to forecast a lot regular-season brilliance for this offense after the Bears’ first unit went three exhibition video games and a dozen drives with out ever reaching the top zone. “He put it right there, right over the linebacker’s hands and it just dropped into my hands”. He completed only six of 13 passes for 46 yards and he also threw two interceptions.
Antrel Rolle was late on several assignments resulting in sizeable gains in the first half.
Fox’s description of the Leno-Mills battle as “competitive” seems to indicate he’s aware of the reality. He said, “I’m not one to sit and act like nothing is wrong because its preseason”. A third option would be to trade for a right tackle sometime this week. “I just play with a lot of excitement”.
Some would argue Pat Sims shouldn’t make the roster after missing a few preseason games, but it doesn’t hold much weight given his ability against the rush. He got up and spiked the ball, then came to the sideline. Porter injured a hamstring while trying to cover a deep ball and was replaced by Jennings.
The Chicago, who are under a new coaching staff, are 2-0. McClellin also just missed deflecting a McCarron pass in the second quarter that wound up being a 31-yard Marvin Jones TD catch. The group turned in a handful of individual impact plays but was not able to consistently get pressure against the Cincinnati offensive line. And the Cubs – they could conclude a glorious and historic postseason run with a World Series sweep on October. 31, the day before the Bears face the Vikings at Soldier Field.
In the first two games both Shea McClellin and Christian Jones have played solid, consistent football. Both players did some light on-field pregame work. Playing with these guys is unbelievable.
“I’m excited, man. I can’t wait”, McPhee said.
Finally, this is more of a question mark for the Bears. I’m talking about feeling the emotion, feel the energy, see their eyes. I think he’s a real good person, one, and then, two, he’s a really smart quarterback and he knows what’s going on. Breakdowns occurred in almost all segments of a secondary that entered the third preseason game with multiple positions still in flux – meaning no one has played well enough to claim the starting jobs, and some could be in increased jeopardy with first cuts coming no later than Tuesday. “It got a little tough at the end, but that just made us want to score more”.
Sutton makes good impression: The injuries to Ratliff and Goldman gave Will Sutton extended time at the nose, and the second-year player who many cast as a misfit for the 3-4 scheme continued his strong summer. “That will give us some good things to coach off of”. It will be interesting to see what plans Fox and Fangio have for Young this season.