Bears Bites: Seahawks to Provide Much Needed Test

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In this Friday edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive scheme, how the Chicago Bears’ safeties could play some serious minutes on Friday night, and the evolution of Shea McClellin at the linebacker spot.

-We start out with our pal Dan Durkin, who not only just got a full-time gig covering the Bears for 670 the Score and CBS Chicago (congratulations on the well-deserved promotion, Mr. Durkin), but also wrote a fascinating piece about how simplicity and speed help the Seahawks to become the best defense in the game. [CBS Chicago]

-The acquisition of Santonio Holmes by the Bears certainly comes with a ton of benefits, and Ryan Wooden writes about why the move was such a savvy one by the team. [Chicago Bears Huddle]

-The Bears are going into Friday night’s game facing a tough challenge, but as Chris Boden writes, if the team is going to find out what they’re made of, then they need to do it against the absolute best team in the game. [CSN Chicago]

-Chris Conte is going to hit the field for the first time this preseason on Friday night, and he will be one of the many Bears safeties who is going to get an extended look as Marc Trestman and Mel Tucker decide which two players to use at the position. [Daily Herald]

-ESPN has been putting out their NFL player rankings this week, and cornerback Charles Tillman checks in at number 66 on the list. [ESPN Chicago]

-Bears linebacker Shea McClellin showed some improvement in the team’s last game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and as he grows more comfortable in the position, Friday will be a big next step for him. [Chicago Sun-Times]

-Mel Tucker is looking to resurrect the Bears’ defense, but to do so he is having to work with them on their fundamentals. [Chicago Tribune]

-In the NBA, teams that can defend the three-point jump shot from the corner, and teams that can create that shot are both better than their competition. Robert Mays asks an interesting question: what is the NFL’s version of the “Corner 3”? [Grantland]

-Finally, If you caught the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, one thing was readily apparent: quarterbacks Nick Foles and Ben Roethlisberger were not on top of their game. [Shutdown Corner]

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