Bears’ Kyle Long, Jordan Mills respond to coaches’ challenge
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter December 9, 2013 10:52PM
Updated: December 10, 2013 12:09PM
Being the Bears’ first-round draft pick this year hasn’t done much to ease the nerves of guard Kyle Long. The coaching staff keeps the young offensive lineman on his toes.
Long has struggled particularly with foot placement and certain double-teams in run blocking. An earful from the coaching staff did plenty to motivate Long on Monday in what he said was a milestone game for him and fellow rookie lineman Jordan Mills.
For the second consecutive week, running back Matt Forte had more than 100 yards rushing. He finished with 102 on 20 carries in the Bears’ 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
“It was a big day for us because you can only get chewed out so many times for something before you either get benched or you fix it, and I’m just glad it was the latter of the two,” Long said.
Sharing a milestone
With 13 points Monday, Bears kicker Robbie Gould has 1,010 career points, a milestone he said he shares with his teammates — namely long snapper Pat Mannelly, who has snapped for Gould his entire career.
“It’s not just me. It’s the guys who block for me, it’s the guys who hold, it’s the guys who snap,” Gould said. “It means a lot more than just one guy.”
In the days leading up to the game, Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff glazed over the opportunity to play his former team. He went to great lengths to characterize it as just another game.
Turns out it wasn’t just another game for Ratliff, at least as it pertained to his career in a Bears uniform.
Ratliff made his first start for the Bears at defensive tackle. Corey Wootton, who has played inside this season because of injuries, moved back to defensive end. Shea McClellin didn’t start for the first time since the Baltimore Ravens game Nov. 17.