Bears’ offensive line does job against Ravens
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter November 18, 2013 10:08PM
Updated: December 20, 2013 6:28AM
When the Bears emerged from their locker room after the 1-hour, 53-minute weather delay Sunday, quarterback Josh McCown insisted he and center Roberto Garza practice shotgun snaps in the wind.
They weren’t a problem — Garza had snapped one low on the third play of the first quarter, before the delay — and neither was communication among the offensive linemen. But footing was.
‘‘The good thing is that [the Ravens’ defensive linemen] can’t get off, either, so they’re not going anywhere,’’ Garza said Monday at Halas Hall. ‘‘If they try to, they fall flat on their face.’’
The Bears’ offensive line won the battle in the muddy morass.
‘‘There were a number of blitzes throughout, and I thought we did a very good job,’’ coach Marc Trestman said.
The offensive line allowed two sacks — one on the first drive of the game and another on the first possession of the fourth quarter — and led the way as the Bears ran for 104 yards on 26 carries.
‘‘They have a tough defensive line, guys that can get after the quarterback,’’ Garza said. ‘‘To have Josh go out there and move around like he did and avoid some of those plays was great.’’
Trestman said defensive end Shea McClellin might return to practice Wednesday after missing two games with a hamstring injury. Whether a couple of his fellow linemen will join him is another question.
Tackle Stephen Paea, who reinjured the same turf toe that cost him two games this season, is week-to-week, Trestman said. So is tacke Jeremiah Ratliff, who has yet to play since being signed two weeks ago. He still is recovering from groin surgery last December.
Trestman said linebacker Lance Briggs is ‘‘on schedule’’ but ‘‘still a couple of weeks away.’’ He fractured his left shoulder Oct. 20, and the expected recovery time was four to six weeks.
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Trestman gave a 590-word explanation for not taking more timeouts on the Ravens’ final drive of regulation in an effort to save the Bears time in case the Ravens scored a touchdown.
He said he didn’t want the Ravens to have the luxury of making mass substitutions and wasn’t sure the Bears would have had more than 18 seconds left anyway.
† Four Bears — Robbie Gould, Zack Bowman, Blake Costanzo and Sherrick McManis — will travel Tuesday to Coal City. They will serve meals and distribute supplies with the American Red Cross as part of tornado relief.
† The Bears said they didn’t cover the field during the weather delay because it was unsafe for the groundskeepers to do so.