A-Train Benched

Trailing midway through the fourth quarter the Bears began passing the vast majority of their plays, which according to head coach <!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 449099,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:449099]>Dick Jauron</A> is why <!--Default NodeId For Leon Johnson is 292214,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292214]>Leon Johnson</A> was in the game instead of <!--Default NodeId For Anthony Thomas is 292248,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292248]>Anthony Thomas</A>.

"We had determined this week that we would play Leon Johnson more in passing situations," Jauron said. "As you saw today, he has tremendous hands. He is a terrific athlete and is very comfortable in the pass game. It isn't a complete change. You will still see A-Train in some passing situations. We have just decided to use Leon predominately."

Johnson had three receptions for 27 yards including a one-handed catch that went for 14 yards. He also had nine rushes for 34 yards with a 15-yard burst in the overtime session.

Thomas had one catch for 11 yards, but averaged less than three yards per carry with 40 yards on 14 attempts.

The former Offensive Rookie of the Year tried to put a positive spin on the move.

"If coach Jauron feels that Leon will be a positive contribution in certain situations, then that's fine," Thomas said. "I think that each of us has a lot to give to this team. We can both be out there doing our thing and getting the job done."

The question is will Thomas and Johnson now alternate possessions throughout the game?

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