The Bears will leave on Friday for Seattle and their get-together with the Seahawks, coach John Fox believing in an extra travel day in advance of a game more than a time zone away.
“Usually that first sleep when you travel across a couple of time zones is pretty rotten,” Fox said. “So we just felt like with another chance to sleep, another day in that time zone, it’s been a little easier to adjust. But like most everything in this job you learn from experience, and some of them are negative. So you adjust, and we found that to be a little better.”
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase gave the Arizona Cardinals something a little unexpected last Sunday when he had Jay Cutler run some classic zone-read plays, where the Bears quarterback put the ball in the belly of his running back and left it there or took it back and ran himself based on what the defensive end did.
“Just gotta read it right,” said presumptive starter Jimmy Clausen. “If the end’s crashing down, you gotta pull it; if the end’s not crashing down, you gotta get it.”
But Cutler has a hamstring strain/tear and circumstances suggest that pursuing a similar plan with Clausen would be tantamount to tiptoeing around abyss, placing Clausen squarely in harm’s way to a degree exponentially beyond the standard risk quotient that comes with being an NFL quarterback.
Cutler’s backup was Clausen. But the only option behind Clausen is novice David Fales, should Clausen get hurt. And Clausen’s recent history includes two concussions in the past nine months.