Positive Experience

The Bears concluded their three-day trip to Macomb with a scrimmage against the Rams on Saturday. Although key players from both sides watched from the sidelines Lovie Smith is happy with what his team accomplished.

"Anytime you get a chance to practice against someone else, to see different receivers, tackle different backs and let our linemen go against them it's good," Smith said.

The Bears defense faced a drastically modified version of the Rams first string offense. QB Marc Bulger, RB Marshall Faulk, WRs Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce all sat out. Still St. Louis marched down the field on their first possession with Chris Chandler behind center. While Mike Green did knock Chandler to the ground for a sack, the defense had a hard time stopping the Rams attack, which ended in an Arlen Harris one-yard touchdown run.

As Rex Grossman took the field the offense looked to answer, but a holding call on Rex Tucker negated a 25-yard catch and run by Dustin Lyman.

"Dustin's been having a good camp, he's been playing well," Grossman said.

The first team offense failed to get any rhythm on their only possession of the day and failed to convert on three third down attempts. Grossman completed 4-of-5 passes, but only averaged 4.6 yards per attempt.

"It wasn't scripted at all, we were just calling plays according to the down and distance," Grossman said.

Bernard Berrian had the play of the day for the Bears when he went over a Ram defender and hauled in a 36-yard pass from Jonathan Quinn. The Bears backup quarterback looked sharp, completing 7-8 attempts for 98 yards with a touchdown.

"As far as the public seeing him (he took a step forward), we've liked him all along," Smith said "I think he showed good poise in the pocket and was able to make some plays."

With third string quarterback Jeff Smoker at the helm, the Rams reached the end zone for the second time. A 22-yard screen pass to Steven Jackson pushed St. Louis across midfield. Following a Israel Idonije sack of Smoker, he connected with Mike Furrey for 30 yards. Two plays later Smoker hit Kevin Curtis over the middle and the receiver took care of the rest cutting into the end zone for a 35-yard score.

On the day the Bears defense came up with four sacks, but Smith knows there is still work to be done as the team allowed St. Louis to convert 5-of-9 third down attempts.

"We think we're getting better, but you really don't know how far you've come until you do things live," Smith said. "We're a team in the early stages and we have to improve on everything."

With the Rams up 12-6, the Bears had a chance to tie the scrimmage on their final of three possessions, but elected to call it a day.

"We ran out of bodies really, we're beat up a little bit. We both felt like we got in good work and went from there," Smith said. "We know we have a long ways to go and we'll play them again next week. Hopefully we'll improve and have a better team on the field."

Mike Brown, Thomas Jones and Marty Booker worked in individual drills before the scrimmage, but didn't play in any live action.

Starting Offense
QB – Rex Grossman
RB – Brock Forsey
FB – Bryan Johnson
WR – David Terrell
WR – Bobby Wade
TE – Dustin Lyman
LT – Qasim Mitchell
LG – Rex Tucker
C – Olin Kreutz
RG – Terrence Metcalf
RT – John Tait

Starting Defense
RE – Alex Brown
DT – Bryan Robinson
DT – Alfonso Boone
LE – Michael Haynes
SLB – Lance Briggs
MLB – Hunter Hillenmeyer
WLB – Marcus Reese
CB – Charles Tillman
CB – Todd McMillon
FS – Todd Johnson
SS – Mike Green


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