Bears Notes: Pass rush not reaching main priority in Tucker's 'D'

Bears Notes: Pass rush not reaching main priority in Tucker's 'D'
September 24, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Pressbox stats from the Pittsburgh Steelers game credited Nate Collins, Shea McClellin and Corey Wootton with the only quarterback hits by defensive linemen on Ben Roethlisberger. But the Bears track “pressures” their critiques and the defensive line was a bit busier upon further review.

Tackle Stephen Paea was credited with two, as was Wootton. Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, Collins and McClellin were credited with one each.

The problem is that coordinator Mel Tucker stated that a priority was “getting home” on pass rushes, meaning a quarterback hit, preferably while he was still holding a football.

On the take

The top three teams in turnover ratio – Kansas City, Chicago, Seattle – all happen to be 3-0. The next five in the rankings include 3-0 New England as well as Dallas, Detroit and Indianapolis, all 2-1.

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The Bears have 11 takeaways through three games in 2013, compared with nine to this point in 2012. More important perhaps, they have given the ball away one less time (five) than a year ago. Even more important, Jay Cutler has halved his interceptions, from all six of the Bears’ 2012 turnovers through three games to just three this season.


The Bears signed tackle Roger Gaines and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contracts of quarterback Jerrod Johnson and tackle Jamaal Johnson-Webb. Gaines, 6-6, 329 pounds, entered the NFL this season with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee State. Ozougwu appeared in two games for the Bears last season recording three tackles and one tackle for a loss.