Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell Talks About Saturday’s Bears Game
Detroit (7-6) returns home following two consecutive road games to face Chicago (4-9) for the second time this season in the home-away divisional series. The Lions enter Week 15 after defeating the Buccaneers 24-21 in Tampa, while the Bears come to Ford Field following a 33-7 victory at Cincinnati.
Saturday’s contest will mark the 176th meeting between the two historic franchises, with the Lions defeating the Bears 27-24 in Week 11 at Soldier Field.
- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed S Rolan Milligan to the practice squad and released CB Adairius Barnes from the practice squad.
- The following players have been listed on the Detroit Lions’ Practice Report today: C Travis Swanson (concussion) and T Rick Wagner (ankle) did not practice. DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and G T.J. Lang (foot) were limited in practice. RB Ameer Abdullah (neck), CB Jamal Agnew (knee), T Emmett Cleary (ankle), T Taylor Decker (shoulder), WR TJ Jones (not injury related), CB Nevin Lawson (illness), T Corey Robinson (foot), and QB Matthew Stafford (right hand) participated in a full practice. GAME STATUS: Swanson and Wagner are out. Ansah, Cleary, and Lang are questionable.
- The following players have been listed on the Chicago Bears’ Practice Report today: DB Adrian Amos (hamstring), DL Eddie Goldman (hip), DB DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle), TE Adam Shaheen (chest) were limited in practice. WR Kendall Wright (shoulder) and LB Pernell McPhee (shoulder) participated in a full practice. GAME STATUS: Amos, Goldman, Houston-Carson, and Shaheen are questionable.
LIONS HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL ON…
If when he watches Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky on film that he seems older than a rookie because he has not thrown an interception on third down: “Yeah, I do believe that. He does play with a lot of poise. I don’t believe that there’s any relation between those two because often times you’ll find, particularly in situations and third down, where guys trying to press the issue. And sometimes they’re going to take a chance here or there. There’s been some pretty good quarterbacks that have done that from time to time. So, I just think he does a nice job of taking care of the ball, I think on any down and distance.”
What differences he has found prepping for a game on Saturday: “Yeah, it’s not as difficult as preparing for a Thursday game. So, you got a little bit more time, but it just kind of skews things a little bit. You go to work a little bit harder work during the early part of the week, that one day earlier than usual. So, you have to kind of – a delicate balancing act between making certain that they get the reps that they need, those that they need full speed or not. But then also making certain that you understand too that it’s a day earlier, so therefore you want to make certain that you’ve gotten enough time to get their legs back, the energy back up so they can perform properly as well.”
The Bears ability to run the ball and protect QB Mitchell Trubisky: “Yeah, they run the ball as well as anybody that we’ve seen to date. What they were able to do against us, what they were able to do last week, they’re blocking extremely well up front. The backs are running extremely hard and with that they’re doing a nice job in terms of mixing that with their play actions. And so it keeps a lot of teams off balance when you got to be concerned about the run. The upfield sort of a push is not as prevalent. But then also, they’re keeping things within range just in terms of they gain so many yards on first down. They never get in to a whole lot of third-down-and-long situations where your protection is challenged. So, I think that running game is really boded well for them. You look at those two backs that they have, their guys are really, really good players. And then plus the quarterback can run the ball as well.”
If you have to take advantage of situations where you can contain Trubisky: “Yeah, that’s one of the things that—You want to keep him in the pocket where you can, even though they have a lot of sort of bootlegs and naked type plays that he can get out there on the perimeter. But when he’s in the pocket and he does escape, he can create problems. And you either want to make certain you keep him contained, or you can run him down and the last time we couldn’t run him down. I mean, he got in space and maneuvered themselves into position where they’re in position to kick a field goal. But yeah, that is a problem. Mobile quarterbacks give you those kinds of issues.”
The captains for Week 15 vs. Chicago: “(Matt) Prater, (Eric) Ebron, and Ziggy (Ezekiel Ansah).”
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