On Sunday, one of the biggest issues that the Chicago Bears had to deal with was the lackluster performance of their punting unit. Adam Podlesh was having issues kicking the ball, with only one of his five punts ending up inside the Lions' 20 yard line, and there was also the matter of Micheal
Spurlock's 57 yard punt return early in the game.
With that in mind, the Bears are apparently looking at some other options if Podlesh continues to struggle, according to Chicago Tribune scribe Brad Biggs:
#Bears called on free agents for tryout in November last season. After rough game for Adam Podlesh, there was a tryout today at Halas Hall.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) October 1, 2013
Podlesh's struggles weren't limited to that one game either. So far this season, he is only averaging 43.5 yards per punt, which is 28th among NFL punters. His net punt average this year stands at 38.5, which is 26th in the league. Add to that the fact that only seven of the 19 punts he's taken this season have ended up within the 20 yard line, and you can see why the Bears are looking at moving in another direction.
According to Biggs, among the punters the Bears worked out today are Brian Moorman, most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mat McBriar, who most recently played with the Philadelphia Eagles after a long stint with the Dallas Cowboys.
We'll provide more updates if there are any signings from the group the Bears worked out today, but needless to say, Podlesh is on a short leash from now on.