Defense Still Besting Offense: Chicago Bears 8/6 Training Camp Notebook


Jul 26, 2013; Bourbonnais, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said that it’s part of the Bears’ plan to make practices chaotic for Jay Cutler and make him uncomfortable.  The idea is that if he deals with the chaos during the week, he’ll be better prepared for the real deal on game day.  The defense is more than happy to oblige as they remain ahead of the offense as the Bears prepare for their first preseason action later this week.

The highlights (or lowlights, depending on your point of view), included four Jay Cutler interceptions.   Credit Chris Conte, up-and-comer Isaiah Frey, Henry Melton and Shea McClellin with the INT’s.

We’re not making excuses for Cutler, but according to coaches, the defenders at the line of scrimmage are not supposed to be tipping Jay’s balls because the offensive linemen are not allowed to cut defenders.

While you can blame some of the picks on illegal tipping of balls, there was still one play that was universally considered a great play that would have gone for a touchdown in a real game.   Shea McClellin dropped off on a swing pass and jumped up and picked it off, bringing it to the house.  It’s quite a bit of progress for the second year DE.  Remember when he was struggling mightily in camp last season?

All of that chaos actually caused Cutler and his #1 target Brandon Marshall to get out of sync.  I’m sure the buddies will kiss and make up soon enough.

Injury News

Earl Bennett is still being evaluated for a concussion that took place during Saturday night’s Fan Fest.  Still being evaluated?  That’s no Gouda.

Jermon Bushrod was back at practice, albeit on a somewhat limited basis.  That’s a good sign for the offensive line, but I don’t expect to see him on Friday night against the Panthers.

Jonathan Scott was back on the sidelines after practicing yesterday.  One step forward…

Julius Peppers sat out with a tight hammy that’s had him limited the last few days.  As far as I’m concerned, Peppers can feel free to sit out until September 8th.

DT Stephen Paea was back at practice after skipping Monday’s session with some hip tightness.

Major Wright was shaken up during practice, but it seemed to be minor.

Martellus Bennett was the not-so-happy recipient of the Peanut Punch that missed the football.  Don’t worry Siggi, it was in the stomach, not in the other direction.

Matt Forte was given a planned day off.