Bears Repeating History with Knox Demotion

By proclaiming WR Roy Williams the starter over Johnny Knox, Bears are again going with a shaky veteran over a younger player with potential, a la Caleb Hanie last year. Team injury report as well.

Last season Mike Martz made Todd Collins the Chicago Bears' No. 2 quarterback ahead of Caleb Hanie.

Then, even after Collins was intercepted four times against the Panthers and completed 6 of 16 passes for 32 yards and a passer rating of 6.2 in his only start, he remained the No. 2 quarterback because Martz felt better with a veteran quarterback backing up Jay Cutler rather than inexperienced Caleb Hanie.

After Cutler was injured in the NFC Championship Game, Collins was still No. 2, and he was awful in relief.

That reminds some of how Roy Williams was handed Johnny Knox's starting job this year, even though Knox caught 96 passes for the Bears the past two seasons - 95 of them from Cutler.

"We know what Johnny can do out there," Cutler said. "He's going to be a guy who's going to come in there and provide valuable minutes and make big catches for us. I don't think anyone in this building is really concerned about Johnny and his ability to play in this offense or his ability to play on Sundays."

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Still good as Gould?

Robbie Gould missed as many field (4) goals in the first three preseason games as he did in the 2006 and 2009 regular seasons, and one more than he did in the entire 2008 regular season.

Gould has missed four of his nine attempts in the preseason, but it's not time to panic. Two of the misses came from 55 and 56 yards, but the other two were from 29 and 34 yards, which could be a cause for concern.

It probably isn't. Gould is working with a new holder, punter Adam Podlesh, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent after the Bears parted ways with their punter of the previous 10 years, Brad Maynard.

The only holder Gould had ever worked with since he joined the Bears in 2005 was Maynard. So it might take Gould a little more time with Podlesh to achieve the same level of confidence he had with Maynard.

They have just a few more days to get in sync.

Player Notes

--NT Anthony Adams did not play in any of the preseason games because of a calf injury, but he is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener.

--LB Lance Briggs (bruised knee) did not play in any of the final three preseason games, but he says he will be ready for the season opener.

--DE Corey Wootton, who was expected to be the top backup to starters Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije, suffered ligament damage on the opening kickoff of the preseason opener and had arthroscopic knee surgery. He has targeted the season opener as a return date, but is not yet practicing, and he appears to be questionable at best for that game.

--RB Marion Barber, whose inspired play in the preseason has made Chester Taylor expendable, suffered a calf injury in the third preseason game and wasn't going to play in the fourth tune up, although he is expected to be healthy by Sept. 11.

--FS Major Wright, who was given the starting job when Danieal Manning was allowed to leave as a free agent, missed tackles in the second and third preseason games that could have prevented touchdowns, but coach Lovie Smith remains a staunch supporter.

--WR Roy Williams had two catches and three drops in the first three preseason games, and he could relinquish the starting job to Johnny Knox, who was demoted in favor of Williams for no apparent reason.

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