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Bears confident pass rush will improve

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 11, 2013 – 5:16 pm

The Bears defense will focus on containing Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson Sunday at Soldier Field, but that won’t be the unit’s only objective.

“The running game is going to be huge, but we also have to get pressure on the quarterback, and we know that,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “That’s been a big point of emphasis already this week. We’ve got to generate the pass rush with the front four. It’s going to be something we’re really going to work on this week.”

The Bears defensive line produced little if any pressure last Sunday on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who completed 26 of 33 passes for 282 yards while being sacked only once.

“The biggest thing is it starts with getting off the ball,” said defensive end Corey Wootton. “I didn’t think we did that as a whole and we have to continue to strive to do that. We’re a talented bunch, but we didn’t really show the way that we had been doing all through preseason and camp.”

Tucker is confident that the defense will play better in all areas Sunday, beginning with a formidable pass rush against Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

“I feel like you’re going to make your most improvement from the first game to the second game,” Tucker said. “That’s what we’re looking to do. Whether it’s in the pass rush, eliminating big plays or tackling, getting off the field on third downs, we’re looking for huge amounts of improvement. It starts in practice and it starts in the meetings.

“I was pleased with what happened [Wednesday]. Guys came out to work. I have a lot of confidence in these guys, I really do, that they can execute at a high level and we’ll get them to do that.”


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Trestman believes fully in Mel Tucker

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 11, 2013 – 4:21 pm

The qualities that led Marc Trestman to hire Mel Tucker as Bears defensive coordinator in January have been evident to the first-year head coach early in the regular season.

“He’s got great people skills,” Trestman said. “He’s got great communication skills. I know he knows football. I spent a lot of time when I was interviewing talking football with him and knowing his complete understanding of the game in all three levels. He has the football acumen and has the technique and fundamentals. He has the whole package and he’s an outstanding leader.”

Tucker spent the last five seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Browns (2008) and Jaguars (2009-12). He served as Jacksonville’s interim head coach for the final five games of the 2011 season and returned as defensive coordinator on Mike Mularkey’s staff in 2012 while adding the title of assistant head coach.

Trestman is ultimately responsible for how the defense performs and chats regularly with Tucker, but he has the utmost confidence in his coordinator.

“I hold myself accountable for [the defense], in this position,” Trestman said. “I speak with Mel every day on things that are going on, on things that I see, and I’ll spend a lot of time with him. I don’t think I have to; I think him and I can talk in sound bites and get done and move onto the next job that we have. But I’m aware of what’s going on.

“He’s the expert on defense. I don’t claim to be an expert on defense. I know where and how, but I don’t know all the details, certainly. I don’t know that there’s anybody that knows everything. I feel like I know enough to be a sounding board for him and give him some feedback from an offensive standpoint as well.”


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Tillman limited, but expected to play

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 11, 2013 – 2:43 pm

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was limited in practice Wednesday due to a sore knee, but the two-time Pro Bowler likely will start Sunday’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings.

“I do expect him to play,” coach Marc Trestman said after the Bears worked out inside the Walter Payton Center. “He was limited today. He did do some work, not just in individual but during team. It’s just precautionary not to give him all the reps, but he was out there working.”

The only Bears player listed on the injury report Wednesday, Tillman had two interceptions in last Sunday’s 24-21 season-opening win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The 11-year veteran ranks third on the franchise’s all-time list with 35 interceptions and his 39 forced fumbles are the most by any player since Tillman entered the NFL in 2003.

Trestman called Tillman’s penchant to generate takeaways “just remarkable,” saying: “It is something we saw all through training camp and the OTAs. It didn’t change in the game.”

The Bears are going to need Tillman to make plays Sunday against the Vikings, especially in run support versus star running back Adrian Peterson, the reigning NFL MVP.

“It’s going to be huge,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “We all have to do a better job of tackling. That’s one of the things we’ve talked about already this week, it’s the tackling. Peanut is a guy who is an all-around player. He’s going to do what he needs to do in the run game.

“He’s going to support the run, he’s going to tackle, he’s going to force fumbles, and he’s going to compete in the passing game too. But tackling is going to be huge for our whole defense. That’s one of the things we’ve been talking about. We have to become stronger tacklers.”


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