Eagles in denial after beatdown by Bears

Eagles in denial after beatdown by Bears

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2010
10:06 PM
By John MullinCSNChicago.com

So much grumpiness going around after the Bears 31-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bears arent happy that they were ever doubted. But the Eagles? Theyre just downright fuming that they lost to an inferior team that knows darn well which was the better team on Sunday.

Left tackle Jason Peters declared that the Bears know that were the better team and they got the victory. We let the game get away. Hopefully well see them again and battle from there.

Peters perspective on letting the game get away is mildly curious if only because the Eagles led 3-0 midway through the first quarter and then never again.

Brandon Graham scoffed at a question of whether the Eagles were still the better team. Oh yeah, stated the rookie linebacker with exactly 11 games of NFL experience on which to base evaluations. We just got to play like it.

Very meaningful insight there.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson was a member of the secondary that allowed four touchdown passes so he certainly was in position to offer knowledgeable critiques of the Chicago offense.

The Bears were just playing it safe, Patterson said. It wasnt a bunch of 30- or 40-yard passes. It was missed tackles and a lot of short routes.

A lot of people said that about the West Coast offense the San Francisco 49ers ran back in the 1980s too. But Dimitris declaration was that all those 15 and 20-yard gains came off missed tackles.

A casual guess is that Lovie Smith and his staff will read some of these grumps to his players. Maybe hell allude to Michael Vicks assessment, after first complimenting the victors, that we the Eagles just beat ourselves.

Well, at least the Bears were happy with the outcome. Or were they? At least theyre 8-3 and winners of four straight, so you can only be so grumpy when thats your situation.

Then again.

You didnt see that game, safety Chris Harris deadpanned. Were still not as good as you think we arent.

But arent you possibly the best team in the NFC now?

No, not us, Harris joked. Were not the best team in the NFC. Were an average team in the NFC. Were going to just keep chopping wood.

The doubters arent in this locker room playing football. We believe in ourselves, believe we have a good football team and have been saying that since week one. Everybodys been saying we have a weak schedule, whatever the case may be. But we know what we have in this locker room.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Bears-49ers: And the winner is?

Bears-49ers: And the winner is?

Both teams are on track to be drafting in the top five, and the inevitable “the loser is the winner” talk has made its rounds, meaning that a defeat moves the loser higher in the draft order. The reality is that neither team will tank the game for draft position.

But the chances of two woeful teams playing well are slim. The 49ers won in Week 1 and then have lost 10 straight. The Bears are trying to avoid losing four straight for the first time under John Fox.

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick burst upon the NFL scene in 2012 with a blowout of the Bears in his first start. He has regained his starting job in San Francisco and is still one of the prototypical mobile quarterbacks.

But the 49ers are the NFL’s worst defense in both points and yardage allowed, and they are the worst rushing defense in the league. Expect the Bears to try exploiting that and give quarterback Matt Barkley a balanced run-pass game plan.

Prediction: Bears 24, 49ers 20

Bears hoping to get Kyle Fuller back in DB mix sooner rather than later

Bears hoping to get Kyle Fuller back in DB mix sooner rather than later

Kyle Fuller was one of the seeming fixtures in the Bears’ defense as it transitioned from the 4-3 of old to the 3-4 of Vic Fangio. And he may be again, the Bears hope very soon, as he has begun practicing after months on injured reserve following knee surgery in August.

The Bears could place Fuller on the active roster as late as Saturday after he practiced all three days this week. “He made it three days in practice, no setbacks,” said coach John Fox. “He seems to be adapting pretty well. He has another practice [Saturday] and we don’t have to make a decision until 3 p.m. because of where he is on the roster. We’ll evaluate that after tomorrow.”

Were Fuller to return — restoring one projected 2016 starter to a defense that has been forced to field five different starting secondaries in the span of 11 games — he may be phased back in with a managed number of snaps, as other certain other players returning from injury have been.

But getting Fuller back projects to be an instant upgrade for a defensive backfield among the NFL’s worst at producing takeaways.

“We all play different positions so we’re kind of used to it, people moving in and out over the year,” said Bryce Callahan, who was initially ticketed for nickel duty as the No. 3 cornerback this season but has been pressed into service starting at cornerback in four games.

“It’s always good to get someone like Kyle back.”

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The Bears would need to weigh what workload Fuller could handle vs. roster needs based on only having 46 players active on game day.

“You’re always a little bit cautious because it does affect your roster,” Fox said. “But if you feel like he makes you better, that’s a move you make. Now we’re just working through him medically, durability-wise, and how much he can play.”

Jay Cutler (shoulder) was officially declared out and is headed for surgery on Saturday, ultimately to injured reserve.

Other availability questions include receiver Eddie Royal (toe), guard Josh Sitton (ankle) and safety Adrian Amos (ankle), all questionable. Linebacker Willie Young (knee) did not practice but linebacker Leonard Floyd was able to practice on a limited basis although his status in the concussion protocol will not be known until closer to game time.