DETROIT — One of the reasons behind the early season successes for the Bears has been the made-over offensive line. Within that, the work of rookie right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills.
Sunday against the Detroit Lions was not one of those successes. Each of the rookies had a holding penalty, and Mills was called for the Bears’ first false-start penalty of 2013.
Indeed, the Lions had a little added motivation going against the rookies, particularly Long.
“If you're in this league you're here for a reason,” said defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who recovered a fumble and ran it into the end zone. “(But) it was a little motivation on the side for (defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh vs. Long)."
Long struggled at times but overall appeared to hold his own against Suh, who was credited with two sacks and a couple of tackles for loss. But one of the sacks came when Long put him on the ground with a hip-toss and Suh landed basically at Jay Cutler’s feet.
“You win some, you lose some up front, especially with a talented front like that,” Long said. “The takeaway from that is that you work on your technique and you can sleep well knowing you competed the whole 60 minutes.”
The second Suh sack came when defensive end Willie Young slanted inside and tied up Mills. Suh looped around to the outside, and Cutler was still holding the ball Suh when got there.
“I’ve got to do a better job of getting free in a situation like that,” Mills said. “You look at the film and learn from it.”