The Bears bye week may be producing some good results for the team. They had time to sit back and take in everything and come up with a plan to try to win over the next ten games of their schedule.
The coaching staff was surely able to focus on some of the negatives of the first six games and try to turn things around and make positives out of the negatives.
The players got some time to reflect on the past six games and get their minds right for the next ten games. Overall it was probably a pretty positive bye week.
One other thing that the bye week does is it allows players to sit and rest their already existing injuries giving them time to heal. The Bears have several players that are injured and the bye week was the perfect opportunity for them to rest and get healed up for the next ten games of the season.
Assuredly Bears players took full advantage of this rest period.
There are two Chicago Bears players in particular that the coaching staff is anxious to see get back to health and get back in the lineup. Those players are safety Antrel Rolle and linebacker Shea McClellin.
Rolle went out of the lineup in the Raiders game with an ankle injury and McClellin came out late in the Chiefs game with a knee injury. Both players haven’t been in game action since going out of those games with injuries.
It was said in the media that Rolle was out on the field with the team on Monday during their light practice and this is a good sign. McClellin was absent from being on the field and his status is still not known. The injury report is not out yet so it’s not clear where both players stand at this time for getting back to the field, practicing and playing in games.
It would appear as if Rolle is going to be back for the Bears game against the Vikings or if he isn’t he is going to be close. The Bears really need Rolle back at the safety position. He is a veteran with experience and can help rookie Adrian Amos out a great deal by being there (Amos has been playing well despite the fact there is another rookie back there starting while Rolle is out. That rookie is Harold Jones-Quartey).
With Rolle coming back the leadership and ability in the secondary will get better and the Bears might have more success against the pass in future games.
Having Rolle back, if he plays, will be a big plus in their game against the Vikings as they will have to deal with tight end Kyle Rudolph who is a dynamic pass catcher.
Rolle is sure to take on Rudolph a few times in the game and he can cover tight ends and receivers pretty well. Let’s just hope that the ankle injury is still not bothering him as that could affect his range and mobility. If he’s fully healthy then the Bears should be pretty solid at the safety position.
As most fans know, McClellin has been the signal caller on defense up until the time he got injured. What this means is that he is responsible for placing the defenders in the proper positions and getting them the signals.
No one single defender knows the defense better than McClellin and it was evident that the Bears were having difficulties on defense in their game against the Lions because they were out of position on some plays and weren’t playing that well. Could this have been a result of McClellin being out or was the defense just that bad?
McClellin is a force in the middle and an experienced player who makes plays. It would be nice to have him back in the lineup calling the plays and supporting the team.
As previously mentioned, McClellin didn’t participate in the on the field practice on Monday and the injury report is not out quite yet so it’s tough to tell where he is at in his healing up from the knee injury and whether or not he will play this Sunday against the Vikings. Keep an eye on the injury report and see what happens with McClellin at the end of this week.
So it appears as if Rolle is going to be ready to go for the Vikings game this week while McClellin’s status is a little more uncertain. With Rolle coming back the Bears will get more stability and experience back at the safety position and that will help the defense.
If McClellin can make it back the Bears will get their defensive signal caller back and get that veteran experience at the linebacker position that they have been missing since he went out. It would be a big benefit to the Bears if they could get all their injured players back healthy and keep them healthy.