Bears get physical

<!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 834622,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:834622]>Dick Jauron</A> isn't known for having his players hit a lot in training camp or practices during the season, but with his team playing the worst game under his regime things have a way of changing.

"We're keeping the pads on longer and there were more contact drills," middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. "Assignment-wise they've been better, I know that much. Guys aren't screwing up as much."

There were plenty of mistakes against San Francisco, but the Bears have another tough road opponent this week. Minnesota Vikings are coming off a huge win at Green Bay.

Not to say that the team hasn't worked hard in the past, but that doesn't guarantee success. Execution on the field will be what ultimately determines the outcome of the game.

"The team is embarrassed about the first game," said Coach Dick Jauron. "They worked hard this week. They've worked hard in the past. But we've got to translate it to performance. That's the key."

In order to avoid an 0-2 start the Bears are going to have to control the clock on the road. The running game will play a crucial part in taking the raucous Metrodome crowd out of the game.

"We need to run the ball to be successful," Jauron said. "Now, that's a tough place to do either one, but we need to run the ball obviously to have success with our offense."

Corbin Lacina will face a team that he spent four years with and started all 16 games a year ago. He'll get his first start as a Bear at left tackle for the injured Chris Villarrial.

"I know it's going to be a homecoming for Corbin, but he's one of those tough nitty-gritty players that's going to get after you on every down," said Vikings DT Chris Hovan. "He has my respect because I had to go against him every day."

Josh Warner also took reps during the week and will backup Lacina. The chances of Terrence Metcalf being a game day active are slim at this point.

R.W. McQuarters will field punts and Ahmad Merritt could also be used in that role if the defense has to stay the field because of a sustained drive. Meaning, Bobby Wade is likely to be a game day inactive against Minnesota.

However, the team is remains status quo at the "X" receiver. While David Terrell is still expected to see the ball thrown toward him more, it will Dez White starting.

"(Terrell) He's going to see more action. He definitely deserves it," Jauron said.

White had 12 balls thrown in his direction against the Niners, but only came away with three receptions.

"I think Dez is one of many, one of many of us that didn't take advantage of the opportunity on that day to play a good football game," Jauron said. "We did not play a good football game. I did not coach a good football game. I would say he missed some opportunities and we all certainly missed some opportunities of our own."

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