Urlacher Makes Big-Play Presence Felt

Brian Urlacher had a solid game in limited action against the Titans. He sacked Titans quarterback Steve McNair in the first quarter. Then he picked off a pass from backup QB Neil O'Donnell in the second quarter. O'Donnell's pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage by DE Bryan Robinson, which left an easy catch for Urlacher.

"Brian Urlacher showed up, that was good to see,'' head coach Dick Jauron said. Last season Urlacher led the team in sacks with 8 and also had two interceptions.

The Bears had a tough time running the ball. The team rushed for 97 yards on 27 carries, which equals out to 3.6 yards per carry. Of the 97 yards 33 came on a Skip Hicks run in the second quarter.

The Bears started the game without running backs James Allen and Anthony Thomas and during the Saturday's contest they lost Skip Hicks to turf toe and Brian Edwards sprained an ankle.

That left Marlon Barnes the sole running back left for the Bears. He rushed 17 times for 52 yards.

"I thought Marlon (Barnes) ran well under adversity," Jauron said. "I think he'll just get better."

Tony Parrish was also hurt during the game with what Jauron called a shoulder sprain. Not to mention the loss of Kaseem Sinceno, who is likely out for the season with an ankle dislocation.

Wait a minute: The quarterback situation is not settled yet according to Bears GM Jerry Angelo.

``I want to see Jim Miller get in the mix,'' Angelo said. ``Then I think we'll have a better feel.''

Miller should see his first action of the year in Saturday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Angelo is not satisfied with the kicking game either. `I'm not sold on young kickers,'' Angelo said.

Neither of kicker Paul Edinger or Vitaly Pisetsky helped their chances Saturday. Given that the Bears lost by three points, while Edinger missed a 41-yard field and Pisetsky missed a 49-yard kick. However, Edinger did connect from 40 yards in the second quarter to give the Bears a short-lived 10-7 lead.

The heat is on: The Bears sacked Titan quarterbacks four times. Clyde Simmons, Brian Urlacher and Larry Whigham each had one, while Carl Powell and Demetrious Maxie teamed up for a sack on Chris Sanders.

Rack'em up: The Bears had eight penalties for 94 yards including an illegal block on a Jerry Azumah kickoff return to the Bears 36-yard line, which forced the offense to start the opening drive inside their five-yard line.


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