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McManis exceeding Toub’s expectations

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 9, 2012 – 4:02 pm

Until Devin Hester returns a punt or a kickoff for a touchdown, Sherrick McManis’ blocked punt in last Sunday’s 51-20 rout of the Titans will stand as the Bears’ top special teams play of the season.

McManis bolted in off right end and blocked the punt that fellow Northwestern product Corey Wootten returned five yards for a touchdown. McManis also recorded two tackles while covering kickoffs and was named NFC special teams player of the week.

“I really like Sherrick,” said special teams coordinator Dave Toub. “It’s good to see him make a play for us. He’s got the quickness. He’s got great get-off. He used really good technique on that. It’s really hard to get a block in the NFL. There are a lot of things that have to go right, and they did on that play.”

When it was clear that fullback Tyler Clutts would not earn a spot on the Bears’ 53-man roster, they traded him to the Texans in exchange for McManis, a third-year pro.

“He’s exceeded our expectations,” Toub said. “We saw him on tape and we saw that he was a good gunner and he filled a need there for us. That’s really what we expected. But once we got him we started realizing what kind of get-off he has and we felt we could use him as a rusher.”


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Marinelli aims to keep defense hungry

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 9, 2012 – 3:32 pm

Rod Marinelli is pleased with how the Bears defense has performed this season. But it’s easy for the veteran defensive coordinator to make sure that players don’t get too full of themselves.

“That’s our job,” Marinelli said. “We owe that to these men. I know what they want to be. I know how special they want to be and how good they can be. And it’s a coach’s job to stay on every detail. Just tell them the truth and bring it to their attention as men, ‘that’s not good enough,’ and they will get it corrected.”

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher said this week that Marinelli “challenges us every single day. Every day he elevates us and challenges us to make more plays.”

“I think that’s the key, hitting the right button,” Marinelli said. “And that’s in everything you do because I think motivation at a point stops after a little bit, but a challenge doesn’t. These men always rise to challenges, and when you’re a competitor, that usually serves them well.”


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Bears want fans to smile, say cheese

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 9, 2012 – 2:13 pm

As part of Sunday night’s “Salute to Service” game against the Texans, the Bears will honor active military and veterans by allowing fans to participate in a unique photo prior to kickoff.

At approximately 7:20 p.m., the Bears FANCAM-an ultra-high-def five billion pixel 360-degree image-will be taken of the entire stadium. Fans will be able to “step inside” the image and look around by visiting ChicagoBears.com/fancam after Nov. 13.

The resolution will be so high that fans will be able to zoom in to find themselves or friends, “tag” themselves in the photo, and share this historic Soldier Field photo via email, Facebook and Twitter. Fans can even cruise around the stadium to see who else was in the stands.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a panoramic photo from the National Anthem in which 10 percent of every purchase will benefit the USO of Illinois.

Fans should be ready to stand up, cheer, and waive their American Flags to take part in the commemorative fan photo. All those attending the game are encouraged to be in the stadium early to recognize veterans and military members and be a part of Bears fan history.


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Davis hosting benefit bowling event

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 9, 2012 – 1:06 pm

Former Bears receiver Rashied Davis is hosting a Bowling for Brighter Tomorrows fundraiser Monday night at Lucky Strike Lanes (322 E. Illinois Street) in Chicago.

The event will benefit the Saturday Place program, which is part of Rashied Davis Charities, an organization that Davis and his wife Dianna founded in 2009 with the mission to teach children how to overcome obstacles to success through inspiration, preparation and discipline.

The charitable organization focuses on third and fourth grade students at the peak of their academic growth and development and works to help children achieve success through early literacy intervention and character development.

The event will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Click here for tickets or more information.


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