A designated sitting coach? Bears deny it
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter
San Diego Chargers v Chicago Bears
Tight end Martellus Bennett wasn’t surprised by Brian Urlacher’s claim that the Bears faked injuries to slow down fast-paced offenses.
“Every team does that,” Bennett, in his first year with the Bears after stints with the Cowboys and Giants, said after practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. “Sometimes, it’s just like when you’re boxing. You get hit too many times, and you want to hold him up against the ropes.
“I think a lot of teams do that. You’ve got to do whatever it takes to win the game.
Safety Major Wright said “at times you know that the offense is definitely fast-paced. Something has to happen.”
He said he never stayed down to stop the clock.
“I’m always up,” Wright said.
Other veterans dismissed the linebacker-turned-Fox Sports 1 analyst’s claim Tuesday that the Bears had an unnamed coach who would signal for players to fake injuries.
“We never had a play like that,” defensive tackle Stephen Paea said.
Cornerback Tim Jennings, in his fifth year with the Bears, said the team didn’t have a coach designated to give the order.
“Not at all,” Jennings said. “From my whereabouts and my knowledge, I don’t know anything about that.”
Marc Trestman, who until taking the Bears’ head-coaching job this offseason hadn’t coached in the NFL since 2004, said he couldn’t say if the tactic was rampant in the league.
“I haven’t been a part of that environment,” he said. “Part of it is just doing things within the framework of the rules of the league.
“I really haven’t had any experience in that area before or been a part of an NFL team where I heard of that happening.”
The Bears won’t do it this year, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said.
“We don’t do that,” he said. “That thought hasn’t even crossed my mind.”