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2010 Preseason
CARDINALS - CHICAGO. PREVIEW

  • When: Sat. 8/28 8:30 pm ET

  • Televised: Sun. Aug. 29, 4 pm NFL Network (taped)

Overview:
Cards play their third game in 11 days. Perhaps it was overpreoccupation with the shorter intervals between games or the extended road trip to Chicago via Nashville or the (symbolic at least) early breakdown of Camp at Flagstaff, but the entire Cardinal squad did not play with much enthusiasm or intensity on MNF at the Titans. Very few if any questions were successfully answered by the Cardinals during the game with Tennessee, and the hour-glass is beginning to run out of sand.

After losing to the Chargers 25 to 10, the Bears lost again to Oakland last Saturday 32 to 17. Biggest off-season acquisitions were Julius Pepper (to bolster the DL) and "mad scientist" Mike Martz (to re-invent the Bear assing attack).

Late Breaking - Derek Anderson, Greg Toler and Daryl Washington will start on the first unit. Urlacher (injury) will be out.

Previous Bear Game:
They lost to Oakland 32 to 17. They played the Raiders even through the 1H (with the Bears leading 14 - 13) but the Raidiz then tacked on 14 unanswered points in the 3Q and hung on to win it by a 15 point margin. Other high or low points:

  • Urlacher injured his calf.

  • Matt Forte scored on an 89 yard run and wound up gaining 109 yards on 5 carries.

  • Jay Cutler was sacked five times and went 7 for 15 and 99 yards.

  • He threw one 22 yard TD pass to Johnny Knox.

  • DeLefevour was 3 for 10 and 39 yards (kind of explains why Bears signed Todd Collins early in the week).

  • A TE (Greg Olsen} led the team in receptions (3) followed by a RB (C Taylor=) with 2.

  • Bears ran 25 times and passed 26 times.

  • Oakland won time of possession: 34:47 to 25:13.

  • Top 5 Bear tacklers were: Hillenmeyer (7), Peppers (5), C Harris (4), Iwuh (4) and C Tillman (4).

  • Tillman had the team's only pick.

  • Peppers and Anderson had the Bears' two sacks.

Meet the Bears
They're 0 & 2. Their offense under Martz figures to be high-powered, but there will need to be a period of adjustment (Bear blockers have surrendered 12 sacks compared to Bear pass rushers who have racked up only 3). This should all change on both sides of the ball as Martz's pass-happy offense kicks in and Peppers joins Urlacher, Harris, Briggs & Co. to provide a pretty hellacious pass rush. It hasn't happened in the first 2 preseason games but give it time.

 Quarterbacks
Cutler, Jay 6 QB 6-3 233 Vanderbilt 5 27
Collins, Todd 10 QB 6-4 223 Michigan 16 38

Hanie, Caleb 12 QB 6-2 225 Colorado St. 3 24
LeFevour, Dan * 15 QB 6-3 230 Central Michigan R 23
Gutierrez, Matt 8 QB 6-4 230 Idaho St. 4 26

Cutler is the second QB in a row (Vince Young was first) from Matt Leinart's draft class. He's considered a physical leader who has won over the loyalty of his teammates in the lockerroom and in the huddle. While he figures to post some gaudy stats under Mike Martz, the transition has been slow - Cutler has completed 9 of 17 passes for 146 yards in two games thus far. He's been sacked 6 times but still has a Passer Rating of 101.6. His backup (Lefevour) has completed 5 of 20 throws for 60 yards and a 20.1 rating. Which is, no doubt, why the Bears went out and acquired Todd Collins.

Running Backs

Forte, Matt 22 RB 6-2 218 Tulane 3 24
Taylor, Chester 29 RB 5-11` 213 Toledo 9 30
Bell, Kahlil 32 RB 5-11 212 UCLA 2 23
Wolfe, Garrett 25 RB 5-7 185 Northern Illinois 4 26
Minor, Brandon * 44 RB 6-0 214 Michigan R 22
Clark, Desmond 88 H-Back 6-3 249 Wake Forest 12 33
Ta'ufo'ou, Will 45 H-Back 5-11 247 Cal 1 24
Williams, Eddie 43 H-Back 6-1 249 Idaho 2 23

They want to pound the rock with Forte, with Taylor a valuable backup who can also catch out of the backfield. Wolfe is an interesting scatback type. Bears use an H-Back instead of a lead-FB. Forte showed he had speed by running away from Raider defenders to score on an 89-yard run last week. His preseason total is 116 yards. Closest Bear RB to him is Kahill Bell with 22.
Wide Receivers
Knox, Johnny 13 WR 6-0 185 Abilene-Christian 2 23
Davis, Rashied 81 WR 5-9 187 San Jose State 6 31
Bennett, Earl 80 WR 6-0 204 Vanderbilt 3 23
Mathews, Greg * 16 WR 6-3 207 Michigan R 22
Hester, Devin 23 WR 5-11 190 Miami 5 27
Aromashodu, Devin 19 WR 6-2 201 Auburn 4 26
Iglesias, Juaquin 17 WR 6-1 205 Oklahoma 2 23

Barnes, Freddie * 83 WR 6-0 215 Bowling Green R 23
Markshausen, Zeke * 84 WR 5-11 185 Northwestern R 23

Knox and Hesters are linchpins of the Bear passing attack, but expect Martz to uncover at least one or two more unknown budding superstars who can excel in his wide-open system.  Aromashodu leads Bear receivers with 4  catches for 78 yards and a TD. Next comes Knox with 3 catches for 69 yards and a TD. Next WR is Davis with a couple of catches.

Tight Ends
Olsen, Greg 82 TE 6-5 255 Miami 4 25
Manumaleuna, Brandon 86 TE 6-2 295 Arizona 10 30
Davis, Kellen 87 TE 6-7 262 Michigan State 3 24
Angulo, Richard 89 TE 6-8 260 Western New Mexico 5 29
Olsen is 3rd leading receiver on the team with 3 catches for 26 yards.

Offensive Line
Williams, Chris 74 LT 6-6 315 Vanderbilt 3 24
Shaffer, Kevin 78 T 6-5 318 Tulsa 9 30
Webb, J'Marcus * 73 T 6-8 335 West Texas A&M R 22
Marten, James 72 T 6-8 310 Boston College 3 26
Garza, Roberto 63 LG/C 6-2 310 Texas A&M - Kingsville 10 31
Asiata, Johan 62 G 6-4 300 UNLV 1 24
Beekman, Josh 67 G/C 6-2 310 Boston College 4 27
Kreutz, Olin 57 C 6-2 292 Washington 13 33
Walter, Tim * 64 C 6-6 289 Colorado State R 23
Horn, Levi * 79 C/T 6-7 315 Montana R 23
Louis, Lance 60 RG 6-3 305 San Diego State 2 25
Omiyale, Frank 68 RT/G 6-4 315 Tennessee Tech xx 
 For "While the offensive line remains a work in progress, the Bears arenít panicking... The most glaring errors against the Raiders were committed by left tackle Chris Williams, who got beat cleanly for two sacks on speed rushes by defensive end Kamerion Wimbley." - L. Mayer.One characteristic of a Martz-run passing attack is the willingness to forego max protection in favor of getting more receivers out into the action. This may prove dangerous to Cutler's health - the 5 sacks given up a week ago may be emblematic of pass protection issues on the part of the Bear O-line. Like Wiz, Martz attributes this to the "learning experience" individual linemen get going one on one (i.e. there are lots of slide and chip schemes during the regular season that will give linemen blocking help).



Defensive Line

Anderson, Mark 97 LDE 6-4 255 Alabama 5 27
Idonije, Israel 71 DE/DT 6-6 270 Manitoba 7 29
Wootton, Corey * 98 DE 6-6 270 Northwestern R 23
Harris, Tommie 91 DT 6-3 295 Oklahoma 7 27
Harrison, Marcus 99 DT 6-3 312 Arkansas 3 26
Melton, Henry 69 DE 6-3 260 Texas 2 23
Adams, Anthony 95 NT 6-0 310 Penn State 8 30
Toeaina, Matt 75NT 6-2 308 Oregon 3 25
Williams, Mick * 79 NT 6-1 280 Pittsburgh R 24

Peppers, Julius 90 RDE 6-7 283 North Carolina 9 30
Gilbert, Jarron 93 DT 6-5 285 San Jose St. 2 23

Turner, Barry * 96 DE 6-3 265 Nebraska R 23
Evans, Maurice 76 DE 6-2 264 Penn State 1 22

Peppers transforms this unit into a dynamo off the edge (In recent years, the Chicago Front Seven seemed to be configured tough up the middle, with its main strength at both DTs and LB). Anderson and Peppers have two of the Bears' sacks.

Linebacker

Roach, Nick 53 SLB 6-1 234 Northwestern 4 25
Tinoisamoa, Pisa 59 LB 6-1 230 Hawaii 8 29
Shaw, Tim 58 LB 6-1 236 Penn State 3 26
Smith, Kelvin 94 LB 6-2 233 Syracuse 3 26
Urlacher, Brian 54 MLB 6-4 258 New Mexico 11 32
Hillenmeyer, Hunter 92 LB 6-4 238 Vanderbilt 8 29
Malast, Kevin 52 LB 6-1 233 Rutgers 1 24
Briggs, Lance 55 WLB 6-1 242 Arizona 8 29
Iwuh, Brian 62 LB 6-0 239 Colorado 5 26

Late Breaking - Urlacher (injury) won't play. Strength of the defense, with Urlacher and Briggs perennial All Pros when healthy. Malast leads the defense with 9 tackles. Roach has the unit's only preseason sack.

Secondary
Bowman, Zackary 35 LCB 6-1 193 Nebraska 3 25
Graham, Corey 21 CB 6-0 198 New Hampshire 4 25
Moore, Joshua * 31 CB 5-11 188 Kansas State R 22
Turenne, Woodny 47 CB 6-0 184 Louisville 1 23
Tillman, Charles 33 RCB 6-1 198 Louisiana-Lafayette 8 29
Jennings, Tim 26 CB 5-8 185 Georgia 5 26
Moore, D.J. 30 CB 5-9 183 Vanderbilt 2 23
Brown, Cornelius * 39 CB 5-11 198 UTEP R 22
Manning, Danieal 38 SS 5-11 202 Abilene Christian 5 28
Steltz, Craig 20 S 6-1 210 LSU 3 24
Scott, Quentin * 37 S 6-5 224 Northern Iowa R 22
Webster, Aaron * 49 S 6-2 205 Cincinnati R 22
Harris, Chris 46 FS 6-0 207 Louisiana - Monroe 6 28
Bullocks, Josh 36 S 6-0 207 Nebraska 6 27
Wright, Major * 27 S 5-11 206 Florida R 22
Afalava, Al 24 S 5-11 212 Oregon State 2 23

Tillman and Afalya are creditied with the Bears' 2 picks. Bear secondary has surrendered 440 passing yards (vs. 268 generated by Bear passers). No doubt they'll prove me wrong, but this does not appear to be one of the more fear-brokering pass defenses in the NFL, but this could all change with a stiffer pass rush from the Chicago front seven.

Special Teams

Maynard, Brad 4 P/H 6-1 188 Ball State 14 36
Gould, Robbie 9 K 6-0 185 Penn State 6 28
Mannelly, Patrick 65 LS 6-5 265 Duke 13 35
Knox, Johnny 13 KR/WR 6-0 185 Abilene-Christian 2 23
Manning, Danieal 38 KR/SS 5-11 202 Abilene Christian 5 28
Hester, Devin 23 PR/WR 5-11 190 Miami 5 27

Maynard and Gould are experienced. Knox runs in the 4.3's. And we all know what havoc Hester can wreak. Bear opponents are 6 for 7 in field goals compared with 2 for 2 (both inside the forty) for Gould.

Cardinal Roster (Nicked players in Olive).

QB - 07 Leinart, 03 Anderson, 19 Skelton, 06 Hall
Anderson will start instead of Leinart (we'd describe the move as not-so-much a permanent move but more of an opportunity for Anderson to show the coaches something). While both QB's have excellent completion percentages, they haven't done much to move the team nor put the ball in the end zone. Both have missed open receivers. Leinart has seemed a bit indecisive  reading the defense, locating and hitting the open man in-stride. Skelton and Hall have shown enough talent and promise to be kept on the roster, but are far from being ready for prime time.

RB - 34 Hightower, 26, Wells,  31 Wright, 36 Stephens-Howling  (KR/PR), 46 A.  Smith
The running attack has been anemic, with the bigger, more physical Wells better able to make lemon-ade out of lemons between the tackles when the blocking breaks down. Wright is an invaluable passing-down RB. The tiny Howling does a lot of things well (including running tough inside the tackles).

FB - 32 Broughton, 
45 Mauwi
a
Not much to say about either one. Wolfley describes Mauwia (who caught two passes and looked good as a lead-blocker last week) as "a dumpster with eyebrows."

WR - 15 Breaston, , 80 Doucet , 12 Roberts,  Komar, 85 Mougey
WR -11 Fitzgerald,  17 O Jones, 16 Gant, 18, 14 S Williams, xx M Jones
The absence of Fitz (knee) and Doucet created timing issues - especially for Leinart - with our QB's not totally in synch with our backup wideouts. we expect the Cards to keep 6 receivers from this talented pool (with one or more possible attempts to stash one or two guys on the IR if they're nicked up. It looks like Breaston, Doucet and Fitz are locks.  Williams took over for Fitz vs. Tenn. and did nothing to hurt his chances to make thiis team. Komar continued to impress. If the decision had to be made right now, we'd guess that we'd keep Williams, O Jones and Komar; with Roberts and Gant within spitting distance. (Gant faces a 4-game suspension. Roberts has a sprained shoulder).

TE - 89 Patrick, 84 Becht, 83 Spach, , 86 Byrd,  81 Dray
Nothing new was resolved Monday night. Patrick (most well-rounded) has been injured. Becht (primarlily a blocker) hasn't played much. The combative Spach is mainly a blocker. Byrd may have the best hands and might be kept in a combo (TE/H-Back) role. The somewhat banged-up rookie Dray had a couple of nifty grabs vs. Houston.

LT- 75 L Brown, 73 Bridges,  69 Knips
LG-
66 Faneca,  70 Hadnot, , 68 Pestock
OC-
63Sendlein, 62 Claxton, 60 Moosman, (70 Hadnot)
RG-74 Wells, 76 Lutui, 66 Palmer
RT 
72 Keith, 67 H Johnson,  (69 Knips)
Did not impress Monday night. As far as we're concerned, no starting job is safe. The good news is that there is little separation between the #1 and #2 units. The opportunity is there for the taking.

DE - 93 Campbell, 79 Iwebema, 71 Clark
NT - 97 B Robinson, 98 Watson, 92 D Williams
DT - 90 Dockett, 78 Branch, 62 Fletcher
UThe D-line was unimpressive vs. Tenn. Two biggest disappointments were Robinson (who flat out let ball carriers whiz through his gaps on occasion and may be running out of the proverbial "gas in the tank") and Branch (whom we saw a couple of times jogging after the play hangdog style last week).

OLB1 - 55 Porter, 52 C Brown,  57 Baggs, 48Schofield,
ILB  51 Lenon, 43 C Johnson , ,
ILB- 58 D Washington,   95 Togafau, 50 Beisel,
 56 Walker, 54 Hayes
OLB2 - 53 Haggans,  59 W Davis,  96 M Washington
Washington elevated to starter. Starters didn't see much action last week and were challenged by the task of stopping the Titan "two-headed monster (of Young and C Johnson). We were disappointed by the lack of intensity from this unit - especially by the backups..

RCB - 28 Toler, 37 McBride, 47 J Miller,  21 Calvin,
LCB-
29 Rodgers-Cromartie, 27 Adams, 30 M Green, 20 Jefferson, 39 Ford,   
SS-
  24 Wilson,
 22 Ware, 41 Abdullah,
40 Tillman
FS- 25 Rhodes,  49 Rash Johnson, 35 Rouse
Toler elevated to starter. The backups continued to play well, but there were a couple of coverage breakdowns by both safeties and McBride. (Toler continued to outperform McBride, and we're waiting for him to be elevated to starter. DRC was avoided. M Green, AJ Jefferson and Ford continued to flash. Abdullah looked fairly solid. Biggest decision come cutdown time will be whether to risk losing our promising youngsters or to leapfrog them over some of the guys currently higher on the depth chart.

K-04 Feely
P- 05 B Graham,

H - 05  B Graham
LS-
82 Leach
KR -
15 Breaston, 37. Stephens-Howling 47 J Miller
PR
- 15 Breaston 47 J Miller
Feely kicked a chippy. Graham continued to drop punts into tight places, but did bobble a snap (which in turn was converted into a Tenn. TD). Justion Miller continues to impress by picking up more return yards than other Cardinal returners and by doing so by running north-south instead of dancing or breaking toward the sidelines.

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