Bears are stuck with Quinn

Chicago - Heading into the bye the Bears try to remain positive about their 1-3 mark, but it's a tough pill to swallow considering the instability of the passing game.

It his fourth career start and first since Nov. 18, 2001, Jonathan Quinn misfired on numerous passes. His QB rating of 81.1 was deceiving. Eleven of his completions came in the last two drives of each half against prevent defensive coverage for 112 of his yards.

The bye week would seem to offer solutions, but the simple fact is that if Quinn isn't more accurate then the offense will continue to struggle.

"He didn't play as well as he needed to: mechanics, reps, all of that kind of goes into it right now," Lovie Smith said. "We'll get him more reps, work on his mechanics a little more, and he'll be better next time."

Quinn also seemed slow to read his progressions, which led to four sacks. Rex Grossman was sacked five times in three games, while Quinn matched that total in one series and one game. For his career, Grossman has been sacked once every 17.3 pass attempts. Heading into the game Quinn averaged a sack every 6.4 pass attempts. The Eagles came to Chicago tied for the NFL lead with 14 sacks and added four more to that total and had another negated because of a penalty.

With Quinn's start against the Eagles, the Bears have made 24 starting quarterback changes in the last 79 games. He's the 14th different QB to start for the Bears in the last ten years. Chicago hasn't had a quarterback start all 16 games since Erik Kramer pulled off the feat in 1995.

Despite receiving reps in the preseason and having a full week to work with the first team in preparation for the Eagles, Quinn was obviously rusty.

"We are eleven guys working together as a team and every single one of us need to get better to help this offense," John Tait said.

Without a vertical passing game Thomas Jones is going to find yards tough to come by. The Eagles ranked 31st against the run coming into the game, but held the NFC's leading rusher to just 32 yards on 13 carries.

"We didn't have to limit what we do, but there is a difference between having Rex (Grossman) in the game versus Jonathan," Thomas Jones said. "Rex can scramble and move around in the pocket. Jonathan came in and did everything he was asked to do."

LEADING MAN: David Terrell hit the century mark in receiving yards for the second time in four games. He totaled 116 yards on a career-high nine receptions and now has 17 catches on the season.

BACKUP PLAN: Brian Urlacher missed a second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. Hunter Hillenmeyer started in his place and tied for the team lead with eight tackles.

BREAKING IN: CB Nathan Vasher started his first career game. The rookie also came up with first career interception that came on a deflection by Hunter Hillenmeyer. It was the first interception of Donovan McNabb in 162 pass attempts, which dates back to last season.

In total, the Bears started three rookies on defense. Along with Vasher were Tank Johnson and Tommie Harris. Johnson took down McNabb for his first career sack.

JOINING THE PARTY: Alex Brown also nabbed McNabb for his first sack of the year. He led the team a year ago with 5.5 QB takedowns.

CONTINUED SUCCESS: Andy Reid is 5-0 against the Bears and 10-1 against NFC North.

TURNABOUT: The last time Terrell Owens visited Soldier Field he saw Brian Urlacher ready to unload in overtime, which caused him to bobble a catch that Mike Brown picked off and returned 33 yards for a game-winning touchdown.

This time, Owens had the last laugh. He caught eight balls for 110 yards and a touchdown.

INACTIVES: 3rd QB Chad Hutchinson, CB Jerry Azumah, CB Charles Tillman, LB Brian Urlacher, G Rex Tucker, DT Alfonso Boone, T Aaron Gibson and DE Alain Kashama.

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