Trestman happy Bears at least stopped Saints’ Darren Sproles
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter October 7, 2013 8:42PM
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:19AM
One day after being meticulously beaten by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Bears coach Marc Trestman praised the way his team stopped running back Darren Sproles.
It was tantamount to patting oneself on the back for stepping around a puddle and into a driving rainstorm, but Sproles embodied two of the Bears’ main concerns: tackling and special teams coverage.
In Detroit, Reggie Bush gashed the Bears for 139 rushing and 34 receiving yards. Sproles, meanwhile, had 31 receiving and 10 rushing yards Sunday.
‘‘Defensively, I thought our run fits and our tackling improved from the last couple of weeks, and it showed up,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘They had 2.4 yards per carry . . . Sproles was basically out of the game in the run game.’’
The Bears allowed one punt return for 57 yards against the Lions. Sproles logged one for two yards against them.
‘‘We kept Sproles out of it,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘That was a big point of emphasis.’’
The Bears didn’t practice Monday but posted an injury report. Tight end Martellus Bennett (knee), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe), cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) and safety Anthony Walters (hamstring) would have sat, the team said.
Linebacker Lance Briggs (hip), tackle Jermon Bushrod (calf) and wideout Alshon Jeffery (ankle) would have been limited.
This and that
† The Bears won’t practice full-bore before Thursday’s game against the New York Giants and will install the game plan Tuesday.
‘‘This is something that everybody goes through in the [NFL],’’ Trestman said.
† The Bears had gained 45 rushing yards on a fourth-quarter drive Sunday when Trestman called passes on third and fourth downs, needing two yards.
‘‘You always look back, and when you don’t make it, you say you should have [run],’’ he said.
† Quarterback Jay Cutler’s read-option-like run wasn’t designed.
‘‘I didn’t expect to get that far,’’ he said.