Main event: Bears’ Martz vs. Packers’ Capers

By John Mullin, CSNChicago.com

They wont play a single snap but Dom Capers and Mike Martz will be head-to-head Monday night when the Bears face the Green Bay Packers.

Martz will have planned a Bears offensive game designed to go through the defense designed by Capers, the long-time practitioner of 3-4 defenses, zone blitzes and myriad other schemes with the intentions of bringing harm to offenses.

Like Martzs.

Weve gone head to head, Martz said. I cant remember all the places weve been but weve gone head to head several times.

Capers completely refitted the Green Bay defense on his arrival last year, going from a 4-3 to a modified 3-4 that was enhanced by the Packers drafting nose tackle B.J. Raji and linebacker Clay Mathews. And Capers did more than just bring his old playbook with him. Like Martz, he changed.

You have to constantly work on finding the next step because people are working on what theyve already seen you do, Capers told CSNChicago.com. The minute you think you have the answers, youre setting yourself up for a fall. So you do have to look ahead.Looking ahead has meant giving defenses a moving target.

Capers does such a good job of moving guys around, Martz said. He can put the offense on their heels. You just have to really, really focus on whos got who, so to speak. Hes knows what hes doing. Hes very disciplined with how he approaches it.

Everybody is always right where they need to be with Dom regardless of the defense.Turner dissed

Jay Cutlers issues with Ron Turner have been well chronicled. But Cutlers indication that he has seen game plans changed as the one in Dallas was an undisguised shot at the Bears former offensive coordinator, leaving him out of an assessment of what his preferred OCs do.

Once you start getting coordinators of Mike Martzs caliber, with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and former Denver assistant Jeremy Bates and some of those guys, Cutler said, thats what theyre able to do, is find plays that are going to be successful no matter what the circumstances are.

Apparently not so with Turner.

Clothes call

The Bears are taking this historical thing with the Green Bay Packers to another level altogether. Their uniform tops will be the 1940s version of a blue jersey with orange numbers and they are striking a strong chord with Lovie Smith, who normally makes a point of putting the past in the past and leaving it there.

Its always good to look back at your past, Smith said. Were wearing uniforms from our past, Monsters of the Midway, and just all of our history comes in with this game this week.

I try to remember those times; a lot of fond memories with those. I wear the B cap always. You see me wearing a lot of the throwback stuff. We have more Hall of Famers than anyone in the National Football League, just so many great players in our history. You really have to get pumped up about it.

Descendants of Bears legends, including Bronko Nagurski and Sid Luckman, will be on hand this week with the Bears.

Sick bay

Linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle), tackle Chris Williams (hamstring) and safety Major Wright (hamstring) did not practice. Neither Williams nor Wright are expected to play Monday against Green Bay.

Williams pulled a muscle, said Lovie Smith, declining to elaborate on injuries, as is his custom. Hes getting better daily. He didnt practice today. Its hard to tell exactly how long it takes with hamstring injuries but its a significant pull and he didnt finish the game so you can go from there.

Defensive end Israel Idonije (foot), linebacker Brian Iwuh (quad) and Nick Roach (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

The Packers were without fullback Korey Hall (hip) and linebacker Brady Poppinga (knee). Limited: tackle Chad Clifton (knee); tight end Tom Crabtree (arch); defensive end Cullen Jenkins (hand); linebacker Brad Jones (hand); and defensive end Mike Neal (rib).


The Bears re-signed wide receiver Greg Mathews to practice squad and terminated the contract of linebacker J.D. Folsom.

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  3. Ken stevens says:

    Bears in a walkover: 37-14. The packers are pretenders and without Aaron Rodgers aren’t even as good as the Lions of 2008! Bears cover Rodgers and GB is left with nothing. Cutler is a far superior QB and will have 4 td’s in this game. This is a blowout that will have the league talking Bears and Super Bowl…and wondering how it could have been so wrong about GB…..

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