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Cutler sees room for improvement

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 6, 2012 – 8:43 pm

Jay Cutler is pleased with the progress the offense is making in its first season under coordinator Mike Tice. But the veteran quarterback knows that there’s always room for improvement.

“I don’t think anybody’s really where they want to be,” Cutler said Monday. “You always want to get better. We’re making mistakes out here. I’m making mistakes out here. There are things we’ve got to clean up.

“Once we get into that third preseason game and really start game-planning and really start hammering home what we want to do offensively against every defensive look, then we’ll really get a gauge of where we’re at.”

Cutler and the rest of the No. 1 offense probably won’t play much in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field. But he’s excited about finally facing another NFL team.

“It feels like we’ve been here [at training camp] for a long time, going against the same guys every day, the same defense,” Cutler said. “It’s going to be fun to go out there and see some different looks and just see exactly what we have offensively and defensively.”

Asked what he hopes the offense will accomplish Thursday night, Cutler said: “You want to be crisp and in and out of the huddles, limit penalties, just guys doing their jobs and trying to execute the plays. I’m not sure how much we’re going to carry or how much we’re going to game-plan for it.”

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Bears offense finishes with a flurry

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 6, 2012 – 8:29 pm

Jay Cutler and the rest of the Bears’ No. 1 offense ended Monday’s practice with a flourish, engineering an impressive two-minute drill that resulted in a touchdown.

Starting at his own 35-yard line with no timeouts, Cutler completed passes to Earl Bennett, Devin Hester, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall before spiking the ball to kill the clock at the 9. After an eight-yard pass to Kyle Adams, Cutler snapped the ball and plowed into the end zone behind his offensive line for a TD.

“We’ve been trying to finish practice in that last period a little bit better,” said offensive coordinator Mike Tice. “I felt like in the first two weeks we only had one practice where we finished the last period good. It felt like the two-minute drill today, we finished practice better than we have.”

The well-executed two-minute drill came after Cutler had thrown three interceptions in a lengthy red-zone drill. He was picked off by linebackers Lance Briggs and Nick Roach and nickel back D.J. Moore.

Asked later about the Bears defense, Cutler said: “They’re good. They’re very sound. They’re well coached. They’re in the right spot all the time and they make plays on the ball. For the three years that I’ve gone against them, there’s no let-up in this crew. It makes us better and I think some of the things that we’re doing offensively challenges them a little bit as well.”

The No. 2 offense also scored a touchdown in its two-minute drill as quarterback Jason Campbell connected on passes to Armando Allen, Joe Anderson, Brittan Golden and Chris Summers.

After Craig Steltz broke up a pass intended for Evan Rodriguez near the goal line, Campbell completed a 12-yard pass to Anderson on fourth-and-five from the 17. Three plays later Campbell rifled a 5-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Allen.

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Urlacher excused from Monday practice

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 6, 2012 – 8:14 pm

After missing four straight practices due to knee soreness, Bears star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was excused from Monday’s workout for an undisclosed personal reason.

Asked by a reporter about Urlacher’s knee, coach Lovie Smith said: “He didn’t practice today, so when he practices we’ll be able to tell you more about that. For right now everything with Brian is like it was last time you saw him out here. He’s making progress and we’ll see once he gets back out on the football field.”

After injuring his knee in last year’s season finale, Urlacher sat out the entire offseason program. He participated in the first five training camp practices, but has been sidelined since last Tuesday. Smith is concerned any time a player is unable to practice, but he isn’t panicking about the situation.

“Brian Urlacher missing a few days isn’t going to hurt an awful lot, just like it won’t for some of our other veterans who miss a period here or there,” Smith said. “We have guys on schedule to be ready for the opening game of the season, so seeing a guy miss a little bit, I don’t put a whole lot into it.

“I just know that I feel pretty comfortable about [Urlacher] playing this year and eventually we’ll get him out on the football field when he needs to be before we play the Colts [in the season opener].”

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