Bears OT Jordan Mills getting more comfortable vs. 3-4 defenses
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter October 18, 2013 11:32PM
Bears rookie tackle Jordan Mills stands his ground against the Saints’ Martez Wilson this month. | Getty Images
Updated: November 20, 2013 6:11AM
For rookie offensive tackle Jordan Mills, facing a 3-4 defense is becoming easier with each game.
The Washington Redskins’ 3-4 scheme Sunday, the third the Bears will have faced in their last five games, won’t quite as daunting as Mills’ first regular-season experience against the 3-4 — in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers — was. The Redskins aren’t as exotic with their blitzes as the Steelers, and they probably won’t try to confuse the Bears the way the New Orleans Saints did in Week 5.
‘‘You see things that were similar after going against those teams,’’ Mills said Friday at Halas Hall. ‘‘As we play more 3-4 teams, it’s going to get easier and easier. The game’s not going to get easier, but schematically it’s going to be easier because you see some of the same things over and over again.’’
The Redskins will use outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo as pass rushers in the nickel package, too, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said.
‘‘So we have to account for those two guys,’’ Kromer said. ‘‘We always do, but we really have to pay special attention. They are special pass rushers.
‘‘[Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett] likes to use multiple blitzes on third down and on regular downs. I’m sure we’ll see some things we haven’t seen, and we’ll have to adjust and handle it.’’
After putting linebacker D.J. Williams on injured reserve, the Bears promoted linebacker Jerry Franklin to the active roster. Franklin appeared in the Bears’ last three games of 2012, making two special-teams tackles, and is happy to be back.
‘‘I’m excited,’’ he said. ‘‘I want to get out and play with some of the guys I’ve been watching for the last couple of weeks’ home games.’’
Franklin, who said he ‘‘had a feeling’’ he would be promoted, will play special teams Sunday.
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The Redskins’ Alfred Morris is 11th in the league with 377 rushing yards on 72 carries. Coach Marc Trestman said Morris, a sixth-round pick in 2012, is easy to root for and yet another draft-day coup for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan at the position.
‘‘I think he’s ‘everybody’s back,’ a guy you’re always rooting for as a fan,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘We’re not going to be rooting for him on Sunday, obviously, but [he’s] a guy who found a way to make it to the National Football League and sets the tone for what it means to be in the league.’’
◆ Tight end Martellus Bennett and cornerback Charles Tillman, both of whom are suffering from knee injuries, are questionable for Sunday after being limited Friday. The Redskins’ lone questionable player, cornerback David Amerson (concussion), practiced in full.
◆ Defensive tackle Stephen Paea figures to return after missing two games with a sprained toe. He was listed as probable, along with linebacker James Anderson (back), safety Anthony Walters (hamstring) and safety Major Wright (knee). All but Wright were full participants Friday. Wright was limited.
◆ The Bears could play rookie middle linebacker Jon Bostic in their nickel package, but Trestman played coy, saying they’ll ‘‘do a couple of things.’’