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  1. short faced bear

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    Jennings keeps coming up big
    Posted by Larry Mayer on July 30, 2013 – 5:50 pm

    Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings is the smallest player on the Bears roster. But what the 5-8, 185-pounder lacks in size, he more than makes up for in toughness and determination.

    “He’s super competitive,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “A guy that size, to compete at that level, whether it’s the run game or the pass game, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.”

    Jennings enters the season looking to build on a career year. He had nine interceptions in 2012, becoming the first Bears player to lead the NFL in picks since Mark Carrier had 10 in 1990. Jennings’ nine interceptions are tied with Roosevelt Taylor for the second most in team history.

    Jennings set a Bears single-season record with three multi-interception games against the Colts, Panthers and Texans. He returned one of his picks 25 yards for his first career touchdown versus Carolina, fueling a 23-22 comeback win. Jennings also broke up a team-high 16 passes, including two that were intercepted by teammates.

    “He’s a pleasure to coach,” Tucker said. “He’s a guy that you can count in. You know what you’re going to get from him each and every day out here. I think that’s a mental approach first and foremost with him and then on top of that he does have outstanding athletic ability.

    “So you take a great mental approach with mental toughness and wanting to prove yourself every day and you take that with athletic ability, then that’s how you get Tim Jennings.”

    Briggs progressing as play-caller
    Posted by Larry Mayer on July 30, 2013 – 4:34 pm

    Assuming a role that formerly belonged to Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs is making steady progress as he adapts to calling defensive plays for the first time in his 11-year NFL career.

    “It’s getting better and better each day,” said Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “I think he’s gaining confidence in what he’s doing. The players are gaining confidence in him getting us lined up. He’s doing a great job with the checks and the adjustments.

    “Our players are commenting on it in between series on the sideline, saying, ‘Hey, Lance, you’re doing a great job’ or ‘that was a great check.’ It’s a work in progress, but it’s been getting progressively better and that’s what you want to see.”

    Briggs is also adapting to several new faces in the linebacker room. With Urlacher retiring and Nick Roach signing with the Raiders, the Bears revamped the position by inking veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson in free agency and drafting Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.

    “It’s competitive in that room, but they do work with each other and they’re a fun group to be around, a loose group,” Tucker said. “But they take tremendous pride in their ability to play the game, and so as a coach when you walk in a room like that you have to be on top of it.

    “They’ll ask great questions and we get a lot done each and every time we go into the meeting room. We go into meetings at one level and we come out at a higher level.”

    Tucker will never stop selling system
    Posted by Larry Mayer on July 30, 2013 – 3:05 pm

    Mel Tucker is entering his first season as Bears defensive coordinator. But regardless of how long he remains in that role, he’ll never stop trying to get players to buy into his system.

    “You’re selling yourself every day,” Tucker said. “I learned that a long time ago. Every day you’re selling the program, you’re selling yourself, you’re selling the scheme, you’re selling the technique and fundamentals. Each and every day you’re selling, and that’s never going to stop as a coach.”

    Tucker joins the Bears after spending the last five seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Browns (2008) and Jaguars (2009-12). In 2008, Cleveland tied for third in the NFL with 31 takeaways and second in the league with 23 interceptions. Tucker served as Jacksonville’s interim head coach for the final five games of the 2011 season and returned as defensive coordinator on Mike Mularkey’s staff in 2012 while adding the title of assistant head coach.

    “You always want to get buy-in,” Tucker said. “That never stops. So each time I have contact with these guys, not just myself but the coaches, we want to build these relationships with these guys. We want to make sure that they know we care about them. We want to make sure that we’re for them, that we’re here for them each and every time we have contact with them.

    “It’s in the hallway, it’s at the cafeteria, it’s in the meeting room, it’s on the field. Whatever it is, we’re always selling ourselves and selling the program to the players.”
  2. Mr. Deliverance

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    We can't lose with Jennings. Guy is a pimp. Heads into FA and has every reason to have a monster year. Just like Tillman. I expect both guys to have fantastic years. Then we work on a nice deal for Tillman and let Jennings walk. And this is how its got be played.
  3. soulman

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    Tim Jennings is one of the best FA signings of the JA era and I'll give him credit for that. He plays more like he's 4'' taller and 20lbs heavier and he's one of the best tacklers on the team in addition to being a very good CB in coverage. We got a real steal in him now we just need to keep him.

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