WRs now want to play for Bears
BY MARK POTASH email@example.com October 10, 2012 10:38PM
JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Updated: November 12, 2012 12:04PM
Once ‘‘a place where receivers go to die,’’ Muhsin Muhammed once famously said, Chicago suddenly has become a place where receivers are almost begging to play.
But purported interest from Plaxico Burress and Terrell Owens in the wake of rookie Alshon Jeffery’s hand injury will go for naught. Bears general manager Phil Emery said he’s not interested.
‘‘We feel very good about our wide receiver depth,’‘ Emery said. ‘‘We added a player to our practice squad [second-year pro Kamar Aiken] to make sure that we were in a good, competitive situation for practice to continue to improve and that’s where we’re at right now with that.’’
54, where are you?
Linebacker Brian Urlacher, making steady progress with a bum knee this season, figure to benefit from the bye week. Playing his second game in six days in the Bears’ 41-3 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday, Urlacher had two tackles and looked noticeably slow chasing Maurice Jones-Drew on a 20-yard run. But he’s still making an impact just by being on the field.
‘‘What I see on the field is a great communicator,’’ Emery said. ‘‘I definitely sense that having gone through the preseason, when he’s not in there and when he is there, this guy has a tremendous role in terms of the communicating of our defense and making it all fit together.
‘‘I think he’s doing an outstanding job with that. And I think that’s a big part of why we’re playing well. From a physical aspect, I do see a guy that’s gotten better each week working back through the injury.’’
A big vote for Lovie
Emery, who was criticized for ignoring the offensive line in the draft, said he is happy with the progress the line has made this season. In fact, Emery said he was happy with the general improvement of the team.
‘‘That’s where I’ve been really impressed with coach [Lovie] Smith,’’ Emery said. ‘‘He takes great ownership for this team. He keeps pushing all the right buttons, not only coaching his players and inter-relating with his players, but coaching his coaches, working with us in personnel.
‘‘Those are the key improvements that I’m looking for, moving forward. Do we earn it each and every week, like we talked about in August? And so far the answer has been, ‘Yes.’ ’’