Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears
By Michael C. Wright
DETROIT -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears’ 40-32 loss to the Detroit Lions:
Stunt issue: Reggie Bush busted big gains almost every time the Bears used what they call a “power” stunt. A stunt is when defensive linemen alter the path of their rush in a coordinated fashion to confuse offensive linemen, which, in turn, makes them more difficult to block. According a player in the locker room, the Lions capitalized nearly every time the stunt was called, and that caused Chicago to abandon the call entirely.
The player suspected that former Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, now with Detroit, tipped off the Lions about what they were doing.
“He totally knows our defense,” the player said.
Paea in boot: With the Bears recently placing Henry Melton on injured reserve, the sight of Stephen Paea wearing a walking boot seemed shocking. Paea wore the boot as a precautionary measure, he said, and characterized the injury as “minor turf toe.”
Paea could show up on next week’s injury report, but he’s doesn’t anticipate missing time.
Bennett makes rounds: Tight end Martellus Bennett walked around shaking hands with all his teammates after the game and telling them “good job.” Bennett said he does it after every game to enhance camaraderie in the locker room.