Fox says Bears showing progress

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Bears vs. Colts
Chicago Bears head coach John Fox knows his new club isn’t where they need to be. But after a 23-11 preseason win over a top AFC contender in Indianapolis, Fox says the Bears are moving in the right direction.”I thought we made progress tonight in really all phases, by no means have we arrived. If we can keep that mindset, I think we’ll continue to improve.”

The Bears employed a ball-control rushing attack to control clock offensively and won the turnover battle in limiting the homestanding Colts to a pair of scores.

Fox challenged both his first-team offense and defense after last week’s shaky outing against Miami. “Obviously, I didn’t like the way we started a week ago. We let them off the hook a couple times with some mistakes. We still had mistakes tonight. But I think we ended up plus-one in the turnover ratio and that always is helpful. I thought our kicking game did a good job of changing field position. I thought the kicking game was solid as far as the scoring opportunities. Those are some things I saw that were better. “

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Quarterback Jay Cutler enjoyed a solid night in his return to his native state. Cutler demonstrated his mobility, but most importantly showed good decision-making in guiding the Bears to three first-half Robbie Gould field goals. The Bears only blemish of the night was an inability to cash in on those drives for touchdowns. Cutler saw progress, but sees plenty of room for growth.“Yeah we definitely improved. You know we are still missing some guys in the outside with injuries and we are kind of battling through. We got Matt (Forte) in and got him a few touches, but we missed some things out there. Red zone we want to improve, third down I don’t think we were very good tonight so definitely room for improvement. That’s why we have two more left.”

Rookie RB Jeremy Langford, the fou

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rth-round choice from Michigan State, continues to show promise. He turned in a 9-carry 80-yard evening, highlighted by a 46-yard scamper and a nifty change-of-direction touchdown run. Fox isn’t surprised that the first-year man is making an impression.“Good effort. I think he’s a fast guy, a good guy, obviously, we thought enough of to draft. He has good vision and he’s getting used to the pro game, but I like where he is right now.”

Defensively, Pernell McPhee was impressive with a sack and follow-up QB pressure, while second-year CB Terrance Mitchell made a leaping interception with tight coverage on a deep pass attempt.

The Bears return to practice at Lake Forest before traveling to Cincinnati for Saturday’s third preseason contest.
Bears Notes: S Ryan Mundy and DE Cornelius Washington were held out of the game with minor injuries….WR Marquess Wilson tweaked a hamstring and didn’t return.

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