Archive for the ‘Defense’ Category

Major Wright sidelined

December 10, 2011

Major Wright won't play against the Broncos Sunday. (Tribune photo/Brian Cassella)

Bears coach Lovie Smith said safety Major Wright is out for Sunday’s game at Denver with a sprained shoulder.
Wright suffered the injury in last Sunday’s loss to Kansas City.

“It’s always disappointing not to be up,” Wright said. “It is what it is. Just have to make the best of it and look at the positive part of it. It could be worse. I could be out for the rest of the season. But it’s not that.”

Craig Steltz will start at strong safety in place of Wright.

Jay Cutler (thumb surgery) and Matt Forte (sprained knee) also are out for Sunday’s game.


Chiefs Vs. Bears: Anthony Adams Going To Miss Second Consecutive Game

December 4, 2011

The Chicago Bears will be missing a key member of their defensive interior on Sunday for the second consecutive game as Anthony Adams is reportedly not going to be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson reports that Adams and D.J. Moore will both be unavailable for the game:

Adams will be listed as questionable after he suffered a back injury in the middle of the week, which kept the defensive lineman off the practice field on Thursday and Friday. He was inactive last week in Oakland as the Bears opted to dress a fellow defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, instead of Adams.

Meantime, nickel back D.J. Moore is questionable to return to action this weekend after missing the previous two games due to a sprained ankle. If Moore is inactive for the third consecutive week, Corey Graham will once again handle the nickel duties versus Kansas City. The Bears defense hasn’t missed a beat with Graham, who has intercepted a pass in each of the last three contests while filling in for Moore.

Adams has only 12 tackles on the season so far, but he’s definitely a large force on the front line of a defense that misses his presence.

Three Keys Against the Chiefs: Defense

December 3, 2011

1) No Pot Of Gold For The Dwayne-Bowe

Horrible joke aside, Dwayne Bowe remains the key playmaker for the Chiefs‘ offense with the injuries to rising-fast-running-back Jamaal Charles and starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Bowe’s 14.9 YPC ranks highest on the team, and his 55 receptions are 12 more than the next-highest receiver (Steve Breaston) and 23 more than the next (32, Dexter McCluster). He remains a solid target despite the atrocity of quarterbacking displayed by Tyler Palko, and Charles Tillman will have his hands full.

2) Force Palko into Bad Decisions with Pressure
The line finally showed some damn signs of life, and for a quarterback who’s thrown six interceptions to zero touchdowns, pressure isn’t a welcome thing. So don’t make it easy for him. Either get in his face and force a bad throw (like he needs much forcing) or add to his four sacks taken (and 26 team sacks allowed). Who knows, Palko may not last deep into the game if he struggles.
3) Stop The Run and Force Palko or Orton to Win
The Chiefs have 341 passing attempts (and 26 sacks) on the season compared to 330 rushing attempts. In the last two games, the Chiefs has 28 passing attempts and 34 rushing attempts against Pittsburgh and 37 passing attempts to 27 rushing attempts against New England. That doesn’t seem like much of anything – in fact, it might contradict the key. However, in those games combined Tyler Palko is 42 for 65 for 64%, but for only 397 yards and six interceptions and his longest pass is 28 yards. And Orton’s only had a week of practice. Look for theBears to load the box and make whoever’s at quarterback make some play

This is Tyler Palko. Doesn't he look more like a Hawaii 5-0 extra than a quarterback?

Peppers is the man

December 1, 2011

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November. Peppers had six tackles, four sacks, one tackle for loss, 10 quarterback pressures and three pass break ups in November. The four sacks were tied for the most in the NFC during the month. Peppers has won the award twice with the Bears and four times in his career. Peppers has eight sacks this season and 91 in his 10-year career.

Bears Waive Iwuh

December 1, 2011

The Bears waived Brian Iwuh and promoted first year linebacker Patrick Trahan from the practice squad on Tuesday.

Bears vs Chargers Final

November 21, 2011