Chicago Bears beat San Diego Chargers despite shaky Jay Cutler
Theres no reason to keep waiting for Webb to turn into a tackle that the Bears need; so, they took the smarter route and put a better player in, all while saving the Bears a few bucks. So what does this mean for Webb and the Bears? Webb will most likely not be coming back as a Bear, which will free up the money that the Bears need to keep the veterans that need to stay on the team. This could also foreshadow the future of Chicago; the Bears could be shifting toward a younger generation of players. Theres a lot of new talent that Trestman should utilize. Just the fact that Webb took the pay cut shows that even he knows hes not worth what he used to be. Since the Bears told him to either take the pay cut or take a hike, Webb could definitely be in the decline of his career.
Bears sticking with youngsters
(AP) — The raw right side of Chicago’s offensive line will get another chance Friday night to gain experience against first-string defenders. Without yet officially anointing rookie right guard Kyle Long and rookie right tackle Jordan Mills the opening day starters, Bears coach Marc Trestman on Monday said the two will get to follow their starts last week against San Diego by starting at Oakland in the third preseason game. Starters for Week 3 of the preseason usually start on opening day. “The right side of the line, we’ll keep it the same this week,” Trestman said. “There were enough good things that happened (against San Diego) that we feel like we want to give them another opportunity to go out and play a little bit more against the first group and see what they can do.” Jay Cutler was sacked twice on the team’s first series against the Chargers, but neither sack came from players lined up against the rookies. “They were athletic, they were physical,” Trestman said of Long and Mills.
Bears stick with rookies Long, Mills
every day. Learn more All-Around Improvement for Chicago Bears in Week 2 of Preseason Tweet 0 COMMENTARY | What Chicago Bears fans saw Thursday night at Soldier Field in a 33-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers is what everyone was hoping for — an improvement from Week 1 of the preseason to Week 2. While it isn’t yet a finished product, the team appeared more in-sync in all three phases of the game. The first-team offense welcomed the return of star WR Brandon Marshall, who was held out of the preseason opener as a precaution after offseason hip surgery. After a shaky first drive in which Cutler was sacked twice (one of which forced a fumble), the Bears went back to what worked last season: throwing the football in Marshall’s direction. Marshall caught all three of Cutler’s attempts on the drive, including a 5-yard pass for a touchdown that was set up by a 58-yard Matt Forte run on the previous play. Speaking of the offensive line, which saw rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills step in for the inconsistent James Brown and J’Marcus Webb, respectively, had a few expected growing pains early on with those two sacks allowed. After that, however, they played extremely well. Long was especially impressive in the run game, showing great athleticism on pull blocks on running plays to the left side. This unit will surely start the next preseason game (barring injury in camp this week), and the Bears may have finally found the right combination for their offensive line.
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Trestman was noncommittal when asked if they’d earned starting jobs over Jonathan Scott and J’Marcus Webb. “You’ll be very much aware of where we think we are by how we go about practicing next week,” Trestman said. 3. CHARGERS STILL COUGHING IT UP: No matter how hard Philip Rivers tried to downplay it, the fact remains that the Chargers can’t hang onto the ball. It’s been a big issue the past few years, and they committed four turnovers in this game. “I think that can be over analyzed,” Rivers said. “They are what they are, but I don’t see it as a step back. I have seen some bad play and non-rhythmic offenses in the preseason, then they have great years, and I have seen some great drives in the preseason and they all go for nothing in the regular season.” Rivers got swarmed as soon as he stepped on the field. He was 5 of 9 for 50 yards with an interception, and he lost a fumble on a sack by Shea McClellin, leading to a 3-yard run by Forte that made it 14-0 near the end of the first quarter.
Bears embrace history with Ditka at practice
Linebacker D.J. Williams (right calf) and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (right knee) both were watching the practice at Halas Hall, the first at the teams remodeled and expanded headquarters since minicamp in June. Williams and Scott wereinjured on July 31 in training camp. Scott returned to practice one day but has been out now more than a week since having his knee drained. The more time Williams misses, the better chance rookie second-round pick Jon Bostic is going to have to claim the middle linebacker position. Bostic has impressed in starting two preseason games at the position. Scott is still a possibility to be the teams swing tackle but hes running out of time to prove that he can be a reliable and healthy option if needed to begin the season. Wide receiver Earl Bennett and defensive tackle Henry Melton, both dealing with concussions, were not spotted when practice was open to media.
We’ll see how it goes another week.” The latest development could jeopardize the Bears tenure of veteran right tackle J’Marcus Webb , who worked with the starters all offseason and for the early part of training camp. Webb started at right tackle in the team’s preseason opener at Carolina, but put together an up-and-down performance. A source confirmed the team recently reduced Webb’s scheduled 2013 base salary of $1.323 million to the league minimum ($630,000) for a four-year veteran. But as of early Monday afternoon, the Bears hadn’t officially sent details of the restructured deal to the union. Webb’s salary reduction provides some cap room for the Bears, while moving the veteran offensive tackle’s pay to a level more commensurate with that of a backup. Even with the reduced salary, Webb carries a larger cap charge ($645,000) than Mills, who received a signing bonus of $164,800 and counts $446,200 against the cap in 2013, $536,200 in 2014 and 626,200 in 2015. Webb has started in 44 consecutive games dating back to 2010, but the streak will likely come to an end Sept. 8 when the Bears host the Cincinnati Bengals in the regular-season opener. As for the rookie offensive linemen, they participated in 51 snaps apiece against the Carolina Panthers in the exhibition opener, and played 15 snaps apiece (35 apiece, total) during a first quarter against the Chargers in which the Bears rolled up 100 yards — including 74 on the ground — and converted 67 percent of their third downs. Quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a pair of sacks, but neither of those came from pressure on the right side, where Long and Mill were playing.
Bears’ Williams, Scott remain out
“He talked about the commitment to the teammates, things like that and it comes down to the players, not just the coaches,” Bennett said. “The coaches can coach, but when we’re on the field, we need to make the commitment to one another, making things happen for each other.” Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said Ditka’s presence reminds them what they are playing and coaching for. “Anytime you can bring history, an alumni of a team, especially someone like Mike Ditka, it really brings the player back, the coach back, ourselves — I’m saying us in the building — back to the reality of what’s going on,” Kromer said. “That this is the Chicago Bears . This is the greatest city on Earth, and that’s what he spoke about. And we needed to hear it from someone like Mike Ditka.” Ditka came away from the practice impressed with Trestman and his coaching staff. “Marc Trestman is a good coach,” Ditka said. “He’s a good man and he knows offensive football, there’s no question about it.
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The Broncos won 27-3. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Get Sports Devin Hester Jersey Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: NFL , Sports Crime , Chicago Bears , David Terrell Arrested , David Terrell Felony , David Terrell Marijuana , David Terrell Pot , David Terrell , Sports News Former Chicago Bears receiver David Terrell was arrested on Friday and was charged with possession of marijuana and battery, according to multiple reports. Police said that officers responded to a call on Friday afternoon and found Terrell, along with two others, in possession of cannabis and materials to package and distribute narcotics ,” per the Chicago Sun-Times. As Terrell was being taken into custody, he allegedly fought back and assaulted two officers, according to CBS Chicago. Terrell’s attorney said the former receiver will plead not guilty to felony charges. “Mr.
All-Around Improvement for Chicago Bears in Week 2 of Preseason
But time isn’t on the side of general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman as they contemplate what to do with Matt Blanchard, who likely was ticketed for the practice squad but is out with a broken left hand. Palmer and Trent Edwards have been signed, and Trestman announced Monday that Palmer will play in the fourth quarter Friday night against the Raiders in Oakland. The plan is for starter Jay Cutler and backup Josh McCown to sit out the final exhibition Aug. 29 against the Browns at Soldier Field, leaving Palmer and Edwards to run the offense and audition for a job, though it’s possible the Bears won’t keep three quarterbacks. The Bears started last season with just Cutler and Jason Campbell on the 53-man roster, and the two-quarterbacks trend has become more prevalent since Trestman last coached in the NFL in 2004. “It’s something I’ve got to think (about), quite frankly,” Trestman said. “You’re always thinking three, to have somebody in the room because if somebody does go down, that person’s been in the room and he’s been in the meetings and he’s connected with the staff and with the other quarterbacks. “So the thought would be to have three, but the roster may dictate that we have to go in another direction.
Chicago Bears 2013 Season Preview
The understated Trestman is no Mike Ditka. There will be no bluster or bravado, just a low-key approach and scholarly attention to detail. “This (is) clearly a franchise that has the highest expectations for its team, where winning consistently is a standard,” Trestman said. “When you do win consistently, you play for championships on a yearly basis. I confidently embrace (the challenge).” The rest of Chicago hesitantly awaits the results. 2012 RECORD: 10-6 (3rd, NFC North) LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2010, lost to Green Bay in NFC Championship HEAD COACH (RECORD): Marc Trestman (first season with Bears) OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Aaron Kromer (first season with Bears) DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mel Tucker (first season with Bears) KEY ADDITIONS: LB James Anderson (from Panthers), TE Martellus Bennett (from Giants), OG Eben Britton (from Jaguars), OT Jermon Bushrod (from Saints), QB Trent Edwards (street free agent), FB Tony Fiammetta (from Patriots), DT Corey Irvin (from Bucs), DE Kyle Moore (from Bills), LB DJ Williams (from Broncos), S Tom Zbikowski (from Colts), OG Kyle Long (1st round, Oregon), LB Jonathan Bostic (2nd round, Florida) KEY DEPARTURES: QB Jason Campbell (to Browns), OL Game Carimi (to Bucs), TE Kellen Davis (released), LB Geno Hayes (to Jaguars), DE Israel Idonije (to Lions), WR Johnny Knox (retired), OG Lance Louis (to Dolphins), CB DJ Moore (to Panthers), LB Nick Roach (to Raiders), HB Evan Rodriguez (released), TE Matt Spaeth (released), OL Chris Spencer (to Titans), LB Brian Urlacher (retired) QB: In four seasons with the Bears, Cutler has established the top passer rating in franchise history and is second in everything from completion percentage (59.6) to touchdown passes (82) and passing yards (12,292). The Vanderbilt product has one of the game’s best pure arms and his mobility is also a bit underrated, often enabling him to slide in the pocket and extend plays. Perhaps the truest indication of his value to the Bears has been the team’s performance when he’s off the field. That said, Cutler must take the next step and make this team his own. “I have a sense for when (Cutler) gets frustrated and when it’s not going the way he wants it to go,” said Trestman.