By John Mullin CSNChicago.com
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli lives by the standard mantra for those of his station: Stop the run. But against the New York Giants, that may be elevated to the level of “Commandment.”
The Giants have struggled with turnovers, particularly interceptions from the arm of Eli Manning, and they have traditionally been one of the rushing powers in the NFL.
Like the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants use all three of their running backs: starter Ahmad Bradshaw, 264-pound Brandon Jacobs, and D.J. Ware, working with 266-pound fullback Madison Hedgecock. Bradshaw, the primary ballcarrier, averages 4.9 yards per carry.
As they have gotten away from the run, their play has suffered. They ran the ball on 36 of 67 plays to defeat Carolina, then used the run 25 of 53 plays losing to Indianapolis and only 20 of 70 plays in their debacle vs. Tennessee.
The Bears are expecting the Giants to return to their base course this week despite the Bears’ gaudy standing atop the NFL rushing defenses allowing just 39.7 yards per game.
“Oh yeah,” Marinelli said. “They’re physical. That’s been their history. The No. 1 thing is you have to stop the run. If you don’t, it can get you all out of whack. We know that. The first thing we have to do in all personnel groups is stop the run. Think pink
If there’s a pink hue to Sunday’s telecast of the Bears-Giants game, do not adjust the color on your TV.
Bears coaches and players will be wearing myriad pink accessories, ranging from helmet decals to chin straps to gloves to shoes and in between, as part of the NFL’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” month.
The changes had equipment chief Tony Medlin busy Friday and his training staff will have pink towels Sunday as well. All four shoe suppliers to the NFL (Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Under Armour) delivered their footwear in pink versions, which were popping out of equipment bags being packed throughout the locker room for the trip to New York.
Head coaches have the option of wearing pink shoes and coach Lovie Smith was expected to wear the colors Sunday. The team also has produced “Real Bears fans wear pink” T-shirts which can be obtained via the Bears’ website at ChicagoBears.com for a donation.