Desmond Clark started 99 games, caught 241 passes and was considered Chicago’s best all-around tight end from 2003-09. He might still be, but hasn’t had a chance to prove it, being inactive the last two weeks. Clark said he hasn’t asked for an explanation because “if it’s not what you want to hear or you don’t think it’s legitimate, that’s when you start to get frustrated, so I just go out and practice and let that speak for me.”

Desmond Clark started 99 games, caught 241 passes and was considered Chicago’s best all-around tight end from 2003-09. He might still be, but hasn’t had a chance to prove it, being inactive the last two weeks.


Clark said he hasn’t asked for an explanation because “if it’s not what you want to hear or you don’t think it’s legitimate, that’s when you start to get frustrated, so I just go out and practice and let that speak for me.”


He said he could see the demotion behind even third-stringer Kellen Davis coming, but hopes it’s temporary. “Maybe it’s just these past two weeks they had matchups they wanted to go to,” Clark said.


Offensive coordinator Mike Martz said Davis has passed Clark because he plays special teams. “It’s not an indictment on anybody other than one guy is really involved in special teams and one is not,” Martz said.


Concussion advice


Hunter Hillenmeyer, out for the year with a concussion, called quarterback Jay Cutler to offer help last week. “He was there for support,” Cutler said. “Anybody I wanted to talk to, he had numbers for me.”


Bad, but they’ve been worse


The Bears have won with worse quarterback play than they received from Todd Collins (6.2 passer rating) in Sunday’s 23-6 win in Carolina. Rex Grossman had a 1.3 rating in the division-clinching 23-13 win over Minnesota in 2006, going 6-for-19 for 34 yards with three interceptions. Rex also had four picks and a 10.2 rating in a win over Arizona that year.


Sunday’s win edged the Minnesota game in overall putrid play. Four QBs in the Panthers game combined for a 10.9 rating, compared to four in the Vikings game with a 14.9 rating.


Tight-lipped coach


Coach Lovie Smith refused to confirm that Caleb Hanie had reclaimed his backup spot from Todd Collins.


“As far as moved up, you’ve been around here long enough to know I don’t talk about the depth chart and who’s where,” Smith told an Associated Press reporter Wednesday.


Smith also wouldn’t say how long guard Roberto Garza will be out after his knee is scoped. “I used to try to play doctor,” Smith said. “I’ve learned; I don’t try that any more.”


Fine, non-doctor Smith, which knee then? “One of his knees,” Smith replied with a small smile.


Defense is hard to please


Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa was happy to see the Bears defense “bounce back after getting ran all over by New York.” But the Bears had eight three-and-outs on the Giants’ first nine drives. “Our standards are so much higher than that,” Tinoisamoa said. “Three-and-outs are cool, but we’re trying to score on defense. We’re trying to get takeaways, so three-and-outs are just giving them more opportunities.”


Drawing a crowd


Pisa Tinoisamoa returned to the locker room Wednesday, five minutes before the media’s access time ran out. He quickly drew a crowd that spilled over into the adjacent locker of nickel back D.J. Moore.


“C’mon,” Moore said. “I’m getting ready for practice.


“I was too. At least I thought I was,” Tinoisamoa replied.


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