Bears breaking camp; looking forward to playing Giants
August 20, 2009, 11:51 AM
By: Jeff Dickerson
As the final hours in Bourbonnais tick away, let's focus for a second on the upcoming preseason game versus the Giants.
One area to observe Saturday night is the defensive line--a group that under whelmed against Buffalo. Rod Marinelli did not seem pleased with that first outing, so expect a more spirited effort from the guys up front in the Bears defense.
"Some things we did well, but other things we have to improve on," said defensive tackle/end Israel Idonije. "We need to focus on the little things: our calls, technique, stance, reading our keys, that kind of stuff."
There is always a dramatic jump from the first preseason game to the second, a concept Idonije buys into, saying there's simply no substitute for live action when a unit is trying to improve.
"That's the constant," said Idonije. "That second game is always better, the third game is the best, but every time out there you feel better."
How much better will the Bears feel after facing New York?
Sounds like a fair question, considering the Giants boast a powerful running attack led by Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Come to think of it, even Danny Ware looked dangerous, scoring on a 36-yard screen pass from David Carr in that Monday night match-up with Carolina.
"Physical team, they play great defense, great running game with good running backs," said Lovie Smith. "Eli Manning has really become one of the better quarterbacks in the league. It'll be a big test for us. We have the same philosophy as far as how we want to win football games. We're also excited about playing our first home game down at Soldier Field."
Okay, that was fun. Now back to figuring out the quickest way to I-57.
Jeff Dickerson is our Bears beat reporter and weeknight host on ESPN 1000. He also handles Bears coverage for ABC-7 and appears on "The Chicago Huddle." E-mail comments, questions and feedback by clicking here.