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Bears snap counts vs. Saints

New Orleans Saints center Brian De LPuente (60) points before snap during first half an NFL football game against Chicago

New Orleans Saints center Brian De La Puente (60) points before a snap during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: October 7, 2013 1:06PM



Coach Marc Trestman views the Bears’ two losses as their fault. It’s on them to “clean up” their game and become more efficient.

Until then, losses, such as the 26-18 defeat at the hands of the Saints at Soldier Field on Sunday, will continue to happen.

“It’s all about us, quite frankly,” Trestman said. “And it usually is. Last week [against the Lions], it was the turnovers. This week we did a terrific job of taking care of the football – minus one with Jay [Cutler] getting the ball knocked out from the blind-side pursuit from a blitzer that should have been picked up. He knows he has to take care of the football there.

“Overall, when we look at the tape and we ask ourselves was it the play or the player, was it us or them, we found it’s on us, to clean our football and become more efficient doing it on a play-by-play basis. I think we’re close. But we certainly haven’t arrived. We have a lot of work to do and get after it really quickly for Thursday night.”

With that said, here’s how the playing time shook out against the Saints:

100 percent

Like the first four games, quarterback Jay Cutler and his starting offensive line played every offensive snap (56) against the Saints.

On defense, linebacker Lance Briggs hasn’t missed a play yet this season, getting all 66 snaps. Cornerback Charles Tillman was dealing with knee and groin injuries but also played every defensive snap.

Safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte also were on for every defensive play. Cornerback Tim Jennings missed two snaps when his knee buckled on a tackle.

In the trenches

Defensive tackle Nate Collins was on for 45 plays (68 percent) before injuring his left knee. Landon Cohen got 26 snaps with Collins hurt. Corey Wootton spent most of Sunday in the three-technique spot, getting 60 of 66 plays.

Defensive end Shea McClellin played 98 percent of the defensive snaps , which is by far a season-high for him. Julius Peppers was on for 58 of 66 plays. Rookie defensive end David Bass, who was active for the first time, got 13 snaps.

The weapons

Receivers Brandon Marshall (54 snaps) and Alshon Jeffery (53) were the leaders, while running back Matt Forte was on for 51 of the 56 plays.

No. 3 receiver Earl Bennett saw his most action this season, playing 82 percent of the snaps (46 of 56).

Tight end Martellus Bennett missed some snaps after getting hurt on a tackle in the second quarter that saw him get flipped onto his head. He only got 37 snaps (66 percent).

Backup running back Michael Bush and backup tight end Dante Rosario were only on for seven plays each, while fullback Tony Fiammetta saw only four plays.

Eben Britton got 16 snaps as the Bears’ extra lineman.

Nickel vs. base

Linebacker D.J. Williams saw time some snaps in nickel situations, getting 54 snaps. Nickel back Isaiah Frey was on for 17 plays.

Linebacker James Anderson, who has been part of the nickel package since training camp, played 61 of 66 snaps.



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