For the second straight practice, things got a little chippy from time to time between the offense and defense. On Monday, it was Rashied Davis getting into it a bit with Trumaine McBride after the two of them got tangled up down the field. And then Tuesday, first Tyler Reed and Mark Anderson got into a shoving match, followed by Bennett and Bowman refusing to back down from each other when matched up one-on-one in the red zone – coach Lovie Smith didn't seem concerned afterward and told the media that some extra-curricular activity can be a good thing so long as nobody gets hurt. ...
Bears fans were all kinds of excited Sunday when offensive coordinator Ron Turner broke out the Wildcat formation, with Hester taking a shotgun snap from Olin Kreutz, faking a handoff to Matt Forte and then running a keeper around right end. However, the two Wildcat-inspired plays Tuesday looked rough around the edges, with Forte first lining up at quarterback and faking an inside give to Kevin Jones before keeping it, and then Hester at QB rolling right to throw a dirt-seeking duck in the direction of Brandon Rideau. More razzle dazzle involved Cutler darting left on an option-type play and then pitching to Hester, but it was poorly executed, too. ...
Vasher has paired with Charles Tillman to former one of the better corner combos in the NFC the last half a decade or so, but with Vasher battling ineffectiveness and Tillman still rehabbing from back surgery, the coaching staff has had time to evaluate their youngsters at that crucial position. Bowman has emerged as one of the stars of camp and will be hard to take out of the lineup no matter what happens with Vasher and Tillman before Week 1, and that INT he made in front of Olsen was a big-time play. Fourth rounder D.J. Moore has done some good things the last few practices, knocking down a slant Tuesday from Hanie to Rideau and then locking up fellow rookie Juaquin Iglesias for an incompletion on an out pattern. ...
It's going to take time for Tinoisamoa to make the adjustment from weak side to strong side in this Cover-2 scheme, as the coverage responsibilities are vastly different from one position to the other. During red-zone 11-on-11, Davis caught an easy touchdown pass in the back of the end zone from Hanie on what had the feel of a communication breakdown on defense. Jamar Williams looked around at his teammates as if to say, "What happened there?" – it's a safe bet Tinoisamoa committed the error based on his body language. ...
From the Department of Redundancy Department, all three quarterbacks had a little trouble just taking the snap from center consistently Tuesday. Yes, it was eerily reminiscent of Rex Grossman, who continually put the pigskin on the ground – in practice and games – even though he's been lining up at the most important position on the field his entire life. Cutler, Hanie and Basanez were all guilty of at least one aborted snap, and one of the reasons Hester's lone pass attempt was so ugly had to do with him dropping the ball from shotgun formation.
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