Williams has high praise for Bears squad


Williams has high praise for Bears squad

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011
Posted: 3:12 p.m.

By John Mullin Bears Insider Follow @CSNMoonMullin
The weekly question about the Bears, win or lose, invariably is how good are they, really. Its not a question in the mind of someone who has seen a few teams.

This is the best football team that Ive been a part of, said wide receiver Roy Williams. The scope of his experience with good football teams is problematic, given that hes played for the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, the first underwhelming, the latter underachieving.

But Williams perspectives involve more than just an assessment of talent, coaching, schemes, etc. Its how the Bears do what they do.

You wouldnt think it during the week; guys are joking, playing games, having fun, but in between the whistles, they play, Williams said. Ive never seen that before. Its great to be a part of it. This is a good football team.

Coach Lovie Smith has said that, with conviction, on many occasions. But he reserves best distinctions (he did tell before lastseason that the 2010 team felt like the best in his then-seven years as Bears coach). And in a number of areas, like the offensive line, were not Super Bowl ready or anything like that, Smith said. Were just getting started.

Atlanta jugger-naught

Not all the games count, but Sundays defeat was the sixth in a row for the Falcons, beginning with their loss to Green Bay in the 2010 divisional playoffs and running through an 0-4 preseason.

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Right guard Lance Louis was forced out of the game and into a plastic walking boot after the game and his status as well as that of all the injured players wont be coming into focus until later in the week. Chris Spencer, who works almost exclusively at center overall, went in for Louis and played well. But whether the Bears leave Spencer and center Roberto Garza, whos played most of his career at guard, in place will remain a secret.

If Lance cant go this week, well have decisions to make, Lovie Smith said. But it gives us a lot of flexibility when two of our players can play both positions....

Roy Williams' groin injury, suffered after a fourth-quarter reception, will be evaluated as the week plays out, as is the case with injured running back Marion Barber (calf).

Wide receiver Sam Hurd (ankle) and defensive end Corey Wootton (knee) were inactive Sunday but are expected to be available next Sunday.

John "Moon" Mullin is's Bears Insider and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

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


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. 

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


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.