Arm trouble

<!--Default NodeId For Jim Miller is 292233,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292233]>Jim Miller</A> is a competitor and wants to lead the Bears to victory, but at what point does pride get in the way of what's best for the team.

Miller had a productive first half completing 11-17 passes for 138 yards. However, in the second half threw for 67 yards, while completing just 8-19 attempts.

Miller was pressured throughout the game, but the drop-off performance has to be attributed to playing with tendinitis. He looked especially inaccurate in the final minutes of the game missing a variety or receivers.

"I know that Jim would not want to use it as an excuse and we don't want to use it as an excuse," said head coach Dick Jauron. "But I think the fact of the matter is his arm is sore and I think it does have some effect on throws in the course of the game. And it could have had an effect there. But that's where it is."

Miller's status for Sunday's game is in doubt, but he'll start if he can throw.

"He'll throw again as soon as he can," Jauron said. "He'll be out on Wednesday if he can be out there throwing, and get ready to play."

Alex Brown has earned himself a starting position for the rest of the year. He had a career-high eight tackles, but according to Jauron the rookie has tapping into his potential.

"I really think Alex is not playing as well as he can play," Jauron said. "He's not playing as well as he will play. But he's a playmaker. He's got the ability to get off blocks and get to the ball. He's got pass rush ability that's going to come along slower at this level -- slower than the run part of it, because these guys are so good. He's got some things to learn against them but I think he's going to be a fine player for us."

Drafted in the fourth round with a reputation as a pass rusher, who didn't play the run, Brown has yet to reach the quarterback.

"The first one is always the hardest,'' Brown said. "Hopefully after I get that one, it will snowball.''

Jauron refused to call the move to start Brown a demotion for either Bryan Robinson or Phillip Daniels. Instead the coach said the trio will all play.

"They both played left end," Jauron said. "B-Rob plays inside. It's like a lot of positions on our football team. It's like David Terrell for example. I have always thought of David as a starter. David plays. He's going to play a lot in every football game. The same thing with any one of those two guys we're talking about right now. They're going to play a lot in any football game. So it's not a difficult decision in that regard. They're going to be on the field."

The most likely scenario is to have Robinson sit, while moving Daniels to left end where he had his best game of the year against the Eagles. Daniels sacked Donovan McNabb two sacks and had six tackles. Robinson can play both tackle and end meaning he can rotate between the two depending on the situation. Robinson will have a chance to rehab his weakened wrists in the offseason and could be a starting defensive tackle come 2003. At least that's what the Bears are hoping for considering the fact that Robinson signed a five-year $20 million extension, which included a $5.5 million signing bonus, at the end of last year.

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