Bears Not Likely to Supplement Pass Rush.....
Bears see no need to supplement pass rush
Prepared to use patchwork lineup until Wootton comes back
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...9-31193248.jpg By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter 11:27 p.m. CDT, August 31, 2011
The pass rush might not have produced much in the way of results the last time out but like the head coach, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli doesn't seem overly concerned.
Of course, it's a results-driven business and close won't count for the pass rush Sept. 11 against the Falcons' Matt Ryan.
"Some of the moves were real good, the ball was coming out quick a little bit but still not what I want," Marinelli said. "But one thing you constantly look at is your third-down conversions and that's when we rushed and covered a lot in that area. We've been good at that, and we've been good at that this preseason.
"I just feel good about these guys, how they have worked and the movement they have. I just feel good about them."
Coach Lovie Smith was lukewarm about the Bears re-acquiring Alex Brown, and it's not believed the team has made any movement on that front.
Marinelli said defensive end Corey Wootton, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Aug. 16, could return to practice next week. Whether or not that puts him on pace to play against the Falcons as the third end remains to be seen. If Wootton isn't ready, Marinelli can pick between defensive tackles Henry Melton and Amobi Okoye.
"I like Mario (Addison), he's kind of in the mix right now, and so that's what we have," Marinelli said. "I feel good about those guys. It sounds like Corey's going to start getting some work next week so we'll see where we're at."
Okoye, who has three sacks in exhibitions against second teamers, played some defensive end last season for the Texans when Mario Williams missed the final three games with a sports hernia. Okoye isn't an ideal fit but neither is Melton, who projects to start at under tackle.
"As a defensive lineman, you just try to learn all the positions anyway as far as assignments go," Okoye said. "Obviously, you want to concentrate on your position."
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