At the end of the Bears final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, the Bears came out the winners.
The won 16-10 and held the Browns to zero points in the second half.
But, Head Coach Lovie Smith had this to say about his defense “I’m disappointed.”
“The plan was to get a couple of three-and-outs and then take the players out, but it didn’t turn out that way. We didn’t play well. Believe me, if we could put our finger on it we would have done something about it before now. We’ve got a little bit more time to get it right.
“We haven’t played well. That is all you can say about it. We have not made all the effort we need to play well. All the things that go into playing well, we haven’t done. Once we get all our guys going, I feel we will have a very strong defense.”
Starting CB Charles Tillman was aksed about the D’s bad play this preseason and he had this say “If I had an answer I’d tell you right now, we have to get this cleaned up.”
Keep in mind the Bears did rest two key starters on the defense, S Mike Brown and DT Tommie Harris.
They also kept G Terrance Metcalf, who has been injured for a while on the sideline and TE Desmond Clark out.
Backup G Chester Adams was injured on the last play of the first half and reportedly went out with a knee injury.
That is why they need to get Fred Miller in uniform as a backup, just to get a veteran presence in there.
Read my Fred Miller article for more info, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/52003-fred-miller-waiting-to-make-decision-with-bears.
On the bright side for the Bears, 3rd string QB Caleb Hanie finished the game 12/17, for 115 yards and led the Bears down the field for two field goals.
Grossman led the Bears to there only TD drive, in a 19 yard pass to Brandon Rideau.
Orton was 4/7 and threw a bad ball because John St. Clair missed his block.
P.J. Pope, who was on the practice squad last season, carried the ball eight times for 34 yards in the second half.
The last WR spot on the Bears roster could come down to Marty Booker, Mark Bradley or Brandon Rideau.
This will be a tough call because the Bears depth at WR looks like this, Brandon Lloyd, Rashied Davis, Devin Hester, Mark Bradley, Marty Booker, Brandon Rideau.
Don’t forget 3rd round pick Earl Bennett from Vanderbilt.
I think Rideau and Bradley should both make the team, because last night they combined for eight catches, 105 yards and one TD.
I don’t know what you do with Marty Booker, he hasn’t showed much this preseason.
This will be a tough call for the Bears, but for sure you have to keep Mark Bradley, because he is the type of play maker Bernard Berrian was.
Did you know?
Because the Bears beat the Browns last night, they prevented themselves form going 0-4 in the preseason for the first time since 1998.
On a fourth and goal for the Browns in the 4th quarter the Bears Craig Steltz tipped the ball and stopped the Browns from scoring.
Before, that play S Leonard Peters, who was on the practice squad last season, forced a fumble, which was later overturned.
Also, undrafted free agent CB Trey Brown who took Cedric Benson’s #32 picked off Ken Dorsey in the fourth quarter.
Lastly, the Bears K Robbie Gould looked “good as gold” last night, he kicked he made all three field goal attempts he had and his longest was a 48 yarder.
Heading into the regular season:
Cutting there roster to 53 men, is going to be tough for the Bears.
They must make there moves by Saturday.
The D is dissapointed in themselves, and they should be, they gave up an average of 25 points, 326 total yards, 161 of that on the ground per game.
If they want to be the D they were in 2006, they better step it up a couple of notches