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Decisions looming on unsettled Bears OL

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Decisions looming on unsettled Bears OL

As expected the Bears opened with Jordan Mills at right tackle, the starting job he has been in and out of over most of the offseason, Charles Leno Jr. at left tackle and ex-Minnesota Viking Vladimir Ducasse at right guard. The results of evaluations will be apparent when the Bears begin preparations for the Green Bay Packers, but an early guess is that Mills will be the Bears’ starting right tackle and Kyle Long still their Pro Bowl right guard.

“I think it was important to get looks at everybody,” said coach John Fox. “When you have to cut from 75 to 53 players, it’s never easy. Just from the numbers standpoint, I think it was important for everyone to get looks. It was no different with Mills.”

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Ducasse stayed in through the entire first half and deep into the second in an extended audition. Whether his performance or Mills’ was enough to bring the Bears to switch Long from right guard to right tackle and start Ducasse will play out in the film room and Halas Hall offices over the next day or two.

Ducasse may have made the coaches’ decision for them, drawing holding and false-start penalties on consecutive snaps in the third quarter.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.