Bears Coach Lovie Smith has been quoted as saying the team needed to improve over last week’s loss, but did they? Yes and no.
“When you play your second preseason game, you’re looking for improvement in all areas. We knew there was a lot of room for improvement for our football team, so this was a big game for us. We played our starters a little longer, letting them go for half of the game. We talk a lot about starting fast when we get to the season. Getting down 10-0, the Raiders had control of the game early and got us in a hole. I like the way our team fought back, and got ourselves in a position to make a run, but we were unable to pull it out."
Smith added that he was pleased with what the team was able to do offensively with the running game, especially Matt Forte’s “big” run. He admitted the passing game still needs work, as does quarterback protection — you can’t let the quarterback get sacked four or five times. Defensivly, Smith says the team started on shaky ground, but then settled down.
Quarterback Jay Cutler agreed with Smith on the sacks:
“Clearly, that is too much. It’s definitely not going to be acceptable. I think the offensive line is probably a little disappointed in themselves. But it’s the second preseason game, and we have a lot of time left to make corrections. It wasn’t like they were completely busting protections either. They were technically in the right spot, which is good.”
Overall, Smith’s take on the game?
“Not good enough. It’s as simple as that. Whenever you give up a couple of sacks as an offensive lineman, that is not good. Chris [Williams] is a better player than that.”
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Jason Campbell threw for 170 yards on 10-of-20 passing and ran for a touchdown, as the Oakland Raiders took a 32-17 preseason victory over the Chicago Bears.
Campbell, who also had one interception, played the first half while Kyle Boller took snaps in the second. Boller completed 7-of-9 passes for 55 yards and also ran for a score for the Raiders, who have won both their preseason games so far, both of which were on the road.
Oakland trailed 14-13 at halftime, but pulled away in the third quarter, when Slade Norris recovered a fumble in the end zone and Boller took a two-yard plunge across the goal line.
Michael Bennett powered Oakland’s running game with 64 yards on 15 carries, while Louis Murphy caught three passes for 53 yards.
In two quarters of action, Jay Cutler threw for 99 yards and one touchdown on 7-of-15 passing for the Bears, who have dropped both their preseason matchups. Matt Forte rushed for 109 yards for Chicago, with the majority of them coming on an 89-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher left in the first quarter with a strained calf muscle. Chicago coach Lovie Smith said after the game it shouldn’t be anything major.
(Sports Network) - Fans at Soldier Field will finally get a first-hand look at the progress of Mike Martz's offensive attack on Saturday night, when the Chicago Bears play host to the Oakland Raiders in the second preseason contest for each team.
Few offensive coordinators around the league are under as much scrutiny this preseason as Martz, the former St. Louis Rams head coach and longtime passing game guru who is trying to breathe life into a stagnant and mistake-prone Bears offense.
The scheme played to mixed reviews in last week's 25-10 loss at the San Diego Chargers, though Jay Cutler and the first-team offense garnered only limited minutes in that one.
Cutler completed both of his pass attempts for 47 yards in the loss, with both catches made by wideout Johnny Knox. The first-teamers are expected to play more extensively against the Raiders.
Also among the highlights for Bears fans will be a chance to watch running back Chester Taylor in a Chicago uniform for the first time. The ex-Viking and Raven carried six times for 10 yards in the Chargers loss, and caught a 14- yard pass out of the backfield.