Snap counts: Breaking down Bears victory over Vikings
BY ADAM JAHNS September 16, 2013 11:50AM
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So what has Bears coach Marc Trestman learned about his team after two dramatic victories at Soldier Field?
“I know that they love football,” Trestman said after the Bears’ 31-30 victory against the Vikings on Sunday. “I see that every day in practice. Something you [media] don’t get to see. They work really hard at it. Every period, individual all the way through, this is the way the team has been since we started. They try to practice hard like it’s a game. They’re competing every day against each other. I think that’s No. 1.
“No. 2 is, they’re a mature group, they really are. Phil [Emery] has done a great job, and instilled some really good people in this locker room with high character. And they love football, and that helps. And then they made a decision that they’re just going to play the next play the best they can and see what happens at the end. That’s all we can ask of them.”
And we’re learning how Trestman uses his personnel.
Here’s a look at the snap counts from Week 2:
The Bears had 67 offensive snaps (three more than Week 1 and three more than the Vikings). Quarterback Jay Cutler and the offensive line of Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Roberto Garza, Kyle Long and Jordan Mills played every one.
On defense, linebacker Lance Briggs and James Anderson played every single snap for the second week in a row (64). Cornerback Charles Tillman and safety Chris Conte joined them. Cornerback Tim Jennings played 62 of 64.
Tight end Martellus Bennett played every offensive snap in Week 1, but the shoulder injury he suffered trying to making a leaping catch in the back of the end zone in the second quarter sidelined him for two plays against the Vikings.
Will his shoulder be an issue moving forward?
“It was an issue [Sunday], but I was still able to play,” Bennett said. “I mean, probably so. But it is what it is. There’s nothing I can do about it. If it hurts, it hurts. If it doesn’t, that’s a great thing. But I’ll just keep playing.”
Safety Major Wright only missed three defensive snaps when he was taken into the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.
Wright said he felt great after the game, saying he just got his bell rung.
“That’s it,” Wright said. “It’s protocol for me to come out and for me to go in the back and get checked up.”
On the edge
All eyes were on defensive end Julius Peppers after his un-Peppers-like performance against the Bengals and with the flu slowing him last week at practice. Peppers, who rotated in at tackle, played just 72 percent of the defensive snaps (46 of 64).
“I feel all right,” Peppers said afterward.
Shea McClellin started at left defensive end, but Corey Wootton saw the most action. Wootton got 80 percent of the defensive snaps (51 of 64). McClellin played 41 of 64 (64 percent).
Receiver Brandon Marshall was on for 62 of the Bears’ 67 offensive snaps, while running back Matt Forte and receiver Alshon Jeffery each got 61.
The Bears used more three-receiver sets against the Vikings. As a result, Earl Bennett’s playing time increased in Week 2, getting 33 snaps compared to 18 last week.
Receiver Joe Anderson made his debut as the Bears’ No. 4 receiver, getting three offensive plays. Fullback Tony Fiammetta continues to have a key role, getting 16 snaps.
The new guy
Tight end Dante Rosario got 12 snaps on offense and 15 on special teams. Rosario, who took the place of Kyle Adams on the roster, wasn’t targeted by Cutler.
Rookie vs. vet
For the second week in a row, rookie linebacker Jon Bostic played only on special teams, getting 19 plays.
Veteran D.J. Williams got 44 plays at “Mike” linebacker against the Vikings.
Help in coverage
The Bears used their nickel package for 20 defensive snaps and second-year cornerback Isaiah Frey (he replaces Williams) continues to get all of them.
Veteran cornerback Zack Bowman got two defensive snaps when Jennings briefly stepped out.