Stopping Williams a start for Bears
January, 10, 2011
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lovie Smith rarely wavers when it comes to his defensive scheme.
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhThe Seahawks' Mike Williams caught 10 passes for 123 yards against the Bears on Oct. 17.
Smith's system has proven successful if the right players are in the place. Unlike perhaps the previous three years, the Bears once again have the necessary parts to suit Smith's scheme.
But something broke on Oct. 17.
The Bears' defense was unable to stop Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams (10 catches, 123 yards) in Week 6, prompting many to wonder if the Bears will alter their game plan the second time around.
"I think when you look at what he was able to do last time, that's a fair question. We have to play a lot better against him," Smith said. "If you don't have success, you look for a better way of doing things, but maybe the better way is to play what we had planned then a little better. Show up Sunday and you'll see."
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 235 pounds, Williams, who was out of football from 2008-09, isn't a threat to go vertical down the field, but he is an effective target underneath or close to the sidelines.
The Bears seemed slow to adjust once Williams got rolling in the first meeting.
"For me, it's real tough to go up against a guy like that," said Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, who is 5-8. "But that's one thing about this defense, if it was just a lot of man-to-man with no help over the top, it would be a problem. For us as a defense, we play a lot of Cover 2, Cover 3, we got a lot of guys running to the football. Our linebacker, our defensive line even gets to the secondary to make tackles. With a guy like Mike Williams, I think we'll be fine. He's going to get his catches, but we just have to eliminate the yards after the catch."