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Stewart leads the way
Stewart leads the way

Posted Aug 6, 2003


The Bears defense is the strongpoint of the team, but it was the offense that stood out in Wednesday morning session. The first team scored on three consecutive plays during a goal line drill to end the practice.

Kordell Stewart open the scoring with a three-yard scramble, which was then followed by a two-yard run by Adrian Peterson and finally Stanley Pritchett punched it in from a yard out.

"A mobile quarterback like Kordell presents so many problems down in that area," said head coach Dick Jauron. "(Near the goal line) There’s no a lot of ground to defend and he’s just another thing you have to worry about."

In the same drill last week the defense shutout the offense, but it the offense got even with performance today. Ideally neither unit should dominate the other.

"Last week we didn’t get in all three times, so as a team you hope the offense wins some and the defense wins some," said center Olin Kreutz. "You don’t want the offense to never win or the defense never wins, because that means you’re not a very good team. Some days we’re going to get in and some days we’re not, but as long as everybody is trying to get better (that’s what matters)."

Injury front
While Aaron Gibson returned to the practice field, Mike Green and Michael Haynes sat out due to nagging injuries. Their status for Saturday’s preseason opener is still uncertain. Although Gibson should be ready to go against the Colts he sat out the second practice session Wednesday.

Alfonso Boone (knee) and Rosevelt Williams (ankle) both missed practice because, but are expected to play this weekend. Chris Villarrial left the morning practice with a groin injury and is day-to-day.

Redemption
Brian Urlacher made the play of the day when he stepped in front of a Kordell Stewart pass and returned it for a touchdown. However, the next play Stewart showed his resiliency and connecting on a deep pass to Edell Shepherd, who beat Charles Tillman on a jump ball situation.

Homerun hitter
Lance Briggs continues to impress in contact drills. The linebacker popped fellow rookie Brock Forsey as attempted to get past Briggs. The hit knocked Forsey off his feet sending him out of bounds.

"I’ve always been a physical player," Briggs said. "Sometimes when you run all the way across the field and the play is almost over you want to feel like you did something. Make it feel it was worth while to run all the way over there."

Linebackers coach Gary Moeller pointed out the hit to Bryan Knight. Although t there has been talk of Briggs challenging Knight for the strong-side linebacker job, Moeller said the rookie has the potential to be the starter down the line but that is far from happening.

"There’s so much to learn and you really can’t tell about somebody until you get into two or three preseason games," Moeller said. "He has the ability mentally to learn and he can convert it to the field. At the same time he’s still making a lot of mistakes. I think he’ll have a good future if he keeps working"

New Bear in town
The Bears showed off their new mascot, a bear that will go by Staley. The name of the bear is taken from the beginning of the team’s history. A.E. Staley gave George Halas his first break along the way to getting pro football started. In Staley’s honor the Bears were originally called the Decatur Staleys when they were founded in 1920. Halas officially changed the name to the Chicago Bears in 1922.

Team President and CEO Ted Phillips took part in the unveiling ceremony. The team plans on using Staley in a variety of community relation efforts.

"It’s another extension of keeping the Bears brand and the name and the image out there in the publics eye," Phillips said "We hope it will add to the home field advantage on game day."

Just incase you were wondering, there are no plans to bring back the Honey Bears, which were disbanded after the team’s Super Bowl season of 1985.


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