Chicago Bears Kelvin Hayden: a valuable 3rd cornerback

Turk McBride done for season

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With two corners like that ahead of him, Kelvin Hayden will only start should the injury bug bite. But the 9th year guy will be the lead nickel back. No, not like that crappy band. Kelvin Hayden is a very intriguing local story. He played his prep football at Hubbard in Chicago and his college football at Illinois . While with the Illini , he was part of some DREADFUL Ron Turner teams. In fact, the 2003 Illini team was so awful on defense, that entering the season the unit was allowed to draft a couple players from the other side to play d. The first pick?


Bears head coach Marc Trestman sounded as if McBride had a decent shot to make the final 53-man roster if the injury had never occurred. “He has worked so hard, probably as high effort a guy as we’ve had on this team since the spring on a daily basis,” Trestman said. “We’re really disappointed for him.” McBride, 27, was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after splitting his first six seasons between the Kansas City Chiefs , Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints . In other Bears injury news, offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod suffered a right calf strain early Monday and is listed as day to day. Bushrod sat out nearly the entire practice but never left the field until the workout ended. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was wearing a walking boot on campus later in the afternoon.

Chicago Bears: Will the Defense Still Be the Strength of This Team?

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Williams this offseason, it was assumed that he would step into the vacant middle linebacker position without too much competition. Then the Bears drafted Jon Bostic with the 50th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft , and the battle began. After a strong showing through OTAs and minicamp, Bostic has put himself into position to push Williams for the right to take over for Brian Urlacher as the Bears man in the middle. The rookie will have to maintain momentum and continue to impress throughout training camp if he even stands a chance of starting when Week 1 rolls around. Since training camp kicked off, Bostic has been working with the second-team defense behind Williams in what Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has described as an open competition.

Bears give Marshall (hip) a rest

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He should be back and ready to go on Wednesday (after a team day off on Tuesday).” The soreness Marshall is experiencing, meanwhile, shouldn’t be a lingering issue that will affect his availability once the regular season kicks off on Sept. 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals . Marshall will have to continue to work through the soreness, but the staff will continually monitor the receiver and adjust his repetitions accordingly. Trestman indicated on the first day of training camp that because of limited practice time available under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, the team wouldnt be extending many days off from workouts, which former coach Lovie Smith often did. But in this case, the Bears are making the right decision with Marshall. Marshall has more than a month to work out any residual soreness he’s feeling from the surgery, but it’s important to do that at a slow pace to reduce the risk of re-injury. “We’re gonna be smart,” Marshall said on the first day of camp. “Im going on my eighth year, (have had a few hip surgeries) nothing major. But at the same time we start playing games in September.

Bears: Two significant injuries this morning

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In what seems to be an ongoing issue for the Chicago Bears, the offensive line once again struggled to protect the quarterback in 2012. The 44 sacks given up were once again among the league’s worst. The Bears drafted Kyle Long to replace 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi and signed free-agent Jermon Bushrod to solidify Cutlers blindside. However, neither are a clear solution. Long has outstanding athletic ability, but has hardly matured enough at the position to justify his first-round status and Bushrod may be past his prime.

Bears get Bushrod scare, lose McBride

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First, veteran defensive end Turk McBride was lost for the season after he ruptured his Achilles tendon. I’m not sure that McBride was going to make a team whose defensive end rotation is largely set with Julius Peppers , Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin , but he was an experienced player who could have stepped up if a member of that trio got injured. Meanwhile, left tackle Jermon Bushrod strained his right calf and sat out the rest of practice. The injury isn’t expected to sideline him long term, but it was serious enough to require a walking boot. Regardless, Bushrod’s injury raised the now-relevant question of how the Bears will stack their reserve offensive linemen after reshuffling their starting lineup. Former left tackle J’Marcus Webb is now working at right tackle, so when Bushrod was injured Monday, the Bears plugged in veteran Jonathan Scott . Leg muscle injuries can take longer to heal for big players, so Bushrod’s situation is worth monitoring.

Chicago Bears Rumors: Will Jon Bostic start in 2013?

He was replaced for the next period by Jonathan Scott. McBride will be missed on a defensive line that earlier lost end Sedrick Ellis, who announced his retirement. Former Falcons defensive end Jamaal Anderson was signed to replace Ellis. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who will get occasional days off after arthroscopic hip surgery in January, was sidelined for the session at Olivet Nazarene University Defensive end Cheta Ozougwu also was out with a hamstring injury. The training staff worked on Ozougwu’s left leg during Sunday’s practice.

2013 preview: Chicago Bears

Even if Chicago flatter to decieve and end the year disappointingly, at worse they should hover near the .500 mark. There is too much talent on the Chicago roster for an awful season, and therefore the chances of a top #5 pick in the 2014 draft is unlikely unless the Bears trade up, and the Bears should definitely not trade up. Given the 2014 cap scenario in Chicago there is a number of players set to become free agents after this season, including the only young member of the starting defence in Henry Melton, one of the best CB’s the NFL Charles TIllman and his sidekick Tim Jennings. The 2014 season will also be Julius Pepper’s last contractual year in Chicago and the same goes for star wide reciever Brandon Marshall. Changes are set to be afoot in Chicago and even in the unlikely event that Emery brings back all the players I just mentioned, the need for long term replacements will become urgent by the following year anyway. By handing over future first round picks to guarantee a top pick in the draft the Bears would tying their future to a QB while ignoring the needs of their aging defence. Only on Madden can you replace Tillman, Briggs and Peppers without any first round picks, and even then it’s tricky. The Bears trying to do that in real life would be suicide. Even if it pays off and the Bears manage to get themselves the 2014 RG3/Luck scenario, a QB won’t get you all the way. The Ravens won the SB(twice) thanks to a great defence matched with good but not great QB while Aaron Rodgers, the best QB in the league has only been to one Superbowl so far and you can blame defence for why they didn’t make it last season, and probably won’t this year. You need balance. By resigning Cutler for the going rate for decent QB’s (around 15m a year) the Bears keep the lynchpin of their offence while allowing themselves room to negotiate their cap and protecting their future by having picks.

Whatever happens this season, the Chicago Bears must keep Jay Cutler

670 The Score’s Adam Hoge breaks down the linebacker position and addresses the loss of Urlacher this way. The Bears will certainly miss Urlachers leadership, pre-snap reads and uncanny instincts, but it was obvious last year that he couldnt always react to those reads and instincts as quickly as he once could. Theres little doubt D.J. Williams will bring more speed and athleticism to the middle than the Bears had a year ago, but will he be able to make the same reads that Urlacher did? The answer is probably no, but with Lance Briggs still on the weak side and taking over the play calling, Williams physical ability might be good enough. Meanwhile, Anderson takes over on the strong side and could be a slight upgrade over Nick Roach. Yes, there’s no doubt the Bears will surely miss the leadership that Urlacher brought to the table, but it’s not like there aren’t other leaders on this defense. In addition to Briggs, Julius Peppers anchors a solid defensive line that includes Pro-Bowler Henry Melton, Stephen Paea and Corey Wootton, along with second-year man Shea McClellin. Then you have a secondary that is led by Charles Tillman, who seems to be getting better with age.

Chicago Bears: Rookie guard Kyle Long stands out

“One thing I realized is it’s not just blocking, it’s who you are blocking,” he said. “Everything is moving so fast and there is so much depth to what they are doing on defense. It’s very advanced. Just trying to pick up on blitzes and things like that, it’s been a learning process.” That’s understandable. Long played only one season at Oregon, and he is far from a fully developed offensive lineman. That’s why he has been taken a little aback by the attention to technique that has been demanded of him by offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. “I’ve never had anything like it,” Long said. “We went so fast at Oregon, we sacrificed technique for tempo.


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