Backup linebacker Brian Iwuh returned to practice Monday after missing two weeks with a knee injury and made two interceptions in 11-on-11 drills. “It’s always good to come back and get two picks,” Iwuh said. “It was also a big confidence boost for me as far as my knee and my health.”
Backup linebacker Brian Iwuh returned to practice Monday after missing two weeks with a knee injury and made two interceptions in 11-on-11 drills.
“It’s always good to come back and get two picks,” Iwuh said. “It was also a big confidence boost for me as far as my knee and my health.”
Head coach Lovie Smith said Iwuh “was making those types of plays before he went down with an injury.” Both interceptions came near the line of scrimmage.
“That’s one of the things we’ve been disappointed in, the amount of interceptions we’ve gotten in our underneath coverage,” Smith said.
All five interceptions by Bears defenders in Monday’s practice came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and all five were thrown by third-string rookie Dan LeFevour.
Nickelback Corey Graham also had two interceptions, and backup safety Josh Bullocks had one.
Louis pass first test
Lovie Smith’s favorite part about Saturday’s preseason opener was “the way our offensive line played.” That included a good grade for Lance Louis, the newly promoted starting right guard.
“I made mistakes here and there, but overall they liked my effort,” Louis said. “I played physical, and they liked that.”
Offensive line coach Mike Tice called it “a good start” for Louis.
“He’s a young guy who is going to have to continue to clean up some of the details, but he played very physical,” Tice said. “That was obvious for anyone who watched the game. At one point, he hit a linebacker so hard he knocked down our left guard and our left tackle. He is what we thought he was.”
Not so special
San Diego returned four kickoffs for 114 yards and blocked a punt against Chicago special teams.
“We didn’t get done what we wanted to get done,” special teams coach Dave Toub said. “We gave up some big plays, but everything is correctable.”
Toub was most disappointed with the kick coverage: “We weren’t physical at the point of attack.”
Hanie makes most of chance
Caleb Hanie called preseason games his biggest games last week because that’s the only time he gets to play. Now he may miss the final three after the third-year, player injured his shoulder Saturday against San Diego.
“It’s never fun to be hurt,” said Hanie, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception against mostly first-team players. “The preseason is the time for me to show my skill set. I felt I did a good job showing at least some progress in the first game, making good throws with the top group in there, moving around and avoiding pressure.
“If I have to miss games, that would be frustrating, but I’m glad I at least have one under my belt.”
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