The Bears’ final practice in pads before Saturday’s second preseason game in Seattle featured a helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Mike Brown on running back Adrian Peterson, followed by a shove.
The Bears’ final practice in pads before Saturday’s second preseason game in Seattle featured a helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Mike Brown on running back Adrian Peterson, followed by a shove. “It’s that point of camp where we’re tired of going against each other,” Brown said Tuesday night. “It was a little saucy out there, but it was good for intensity. It’s all good.” Coach Lovie Smith agreed. “You want to finish this way,” Smith said. “There was a lot of hitting going on out there. We got better tonight.” Kevin Payne filled in for safety Brandon McGowan, whom Smith said was "a little banged up.” “He blended in,” Smith said. “When you move up to the first team, you want to blend in. You don’t want to stand out. “Kevin Payne has a lot of talent. Good size. Good speed. Can catch the ball. We are expecting big things out of him.” Keeping QB in the pocket Chicago gave up a game-opening 16-play drive in last week’s preseason opener, primarily because quarterback Brodie Croyle burned the Bears’ with one third-down bootleg run and a 22-yard rollout pass on third-and-15. But that doesn’t make defensive coordinator Bob Babich worry about passers beating Chicago with their feet. “He didn’t create a problem,” Babich said of Croyle. “The pass was a total bust. And the other one was a broken play and he happened to scramble for a first down. We felt good about the containment of the quarterback in the drop-back passing game.” Reducing special mistakes The Bears are looking for better execution on special teams in Seattle after missing six tackles and committing five penalties last week against Kansas City. “We were very sloppy,” special teams coach Dave Toub said. “Five penalties is a lot. The most frustrating thing is it was a lot of veteran guys; it wasn’t a lot of rookies. But that was the first preseason game. We won’t make those mistakes again.” Toub said just under one penalty and two missed tackles per game on special teams is considered good. Matt Trowbridge can be reached at: 815-987-1383 or email@example.com.