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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Bears hoping Gilbert gets the message


By JEFF DICKERSON

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Even though Bears defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert failed to record a single tackle Monday versus Minnesota, it seemed reasonable to ask Alex Brown how he felt the rookie fared after watching the tape.

Dumb move by the reporter.

"I didn't say anything to him. He's a rookie. I don't care," Brown chuckled after a lengthy pause. "I don't care. He needs to come in and do his job. That's all we want him to do.

“That little pause right there was kind of me saying … I think you missed the joke."

We got it, and of course Brown wasn't being critical of Gilbert, but the Bears will likely need to replace Adewale Ogunleye next season in the starting line-up, and the former third-round pick will probably be counted in to join the rotation at defensive end. Hopefully a combination of Gilbert, Mark Anderson, Gaines Adams and maybe Henry Melton is good enough to compliment Brown in 2010. If not, the joke could be on the Bears.