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Bears offense has 'one of those days'

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Bears offense has 'one of those days'

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. All those weapons in the 2012 Bears offense

So what were linebackers Nick Roach and Lance Briggs and nickel back D.J. Moore doing running back interceptions of Jay Cutler for touchdowns?

And cornerback Tim Jennings picking off another Cutler throw in the red zone?

It was not a replay of Cutlers 2009 Year of the Red Zone Pick, but it also was not a day the offense would like to see too often, in practice let alone a game.

They know what route were going to run before we run it, declared grumpy receivers coach Darryl Drake. Tim Jennings is a smart football player. He knows our plays, knows our signals, same with Peanut Tillman. Theyre going to make plays down there.

Theyre going to have good days, were going to have good days. Do your assignment and make the plays you need to make. But its going to be that way when youre going against each other.

Cutler connected on some throws to Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery, who replaces Devin Hester at one wide receiver spot down inside the 10-yard line, where his size and strength are forces against defensive backs.

But the overall was ragged for the second straight day and the focus is on eliminating ragged from an offense that shouldnt be.

We have some things that I like and they like that were not efficient at right now, offensive coordinator Mike Tice acknowledged. Some things around the goal line. Some things in middle downs on third downs. And were going to continue to work on them because Im going to call them.

Theyre going to continue to work on those. They like them. We just right now are a little bit off in some areas. Thats part of what camp is for.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.

The guys start by discussing Brandon Morrow's injury that he sustained while taking off his pants... what's the craziest cause for an injury the guys can remember?

Plus, should the Bulls move up or down in Thursday's NBA Draft? Does it make sense to take on a bad contract in a potential deal?

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