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Bears expected to fortify protection Sunday with Desmond Clark

Des. Clark

12-year Bears veteran tight end Desmond Clark expects to be active for the NFC Championship, a rarity after a season where he has mostly watched from the sideline.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times points out that Clark tweeted the news Friday.

“88 will be on the field Sunday,” Clark wrote, referring to his jersey number. “Here we go 88 fandom!!! Let’s get it on.”

Clark hasn’t been active since October, but he could add another layer of pass blocking insurance.   If he’s active, Jensen believes wide receiver Devin Aromashodu could be on the sideline.

The news could be an early indication that Chicago is going to do everything possible to max protect and keep Green Bay’s blitz’s at bay.

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27 Responses to “Bears expected to fortify protection Sunday with Desmond Clark”
  1. emac11 says: Jan 22, 2011 11:09 AM

    You’d think the coaches wouldn’t want players to give out hints of how they’re trying to play the Packers. Lovie Smith should tell his players to keep their mouths shut.

  2. firethorn1001 says: Jan 22, 2011 11:39 AM

    ‘You’d think the coaches wouldn’t want players to give out hints of how they’re trying to play the Packers. Lovie Smith should tell his players to keep their mouths shut.’
    ——————————————————

    I don’t think scheming to keep your QB upright is really a state secret and considering 2 of the keys to the Bears winning is keep Cutler upright and run the ball just makes sense.

  3. cheesehead2 says: Jan 22, 2011 11:44 AM

    If linemen cant block the Packers blitz do you really think Desmond Clark can??? Dont think so. GoPackGo!!!

  4. jackleone says: Jan 22, 2011 11:51 AM

    They’d better. I’d expect the Steelers to blitz heavy three weeks from now.

  5. scytherius says: Jan 22, 2011 11:59 AM

    I may be one of those rare types that, although a fan of one of the teams in the NFC North since the early 60s (Packers), really like all the teams in this division. And while I hope the Packers tear the Bears up, I want to see both teams with their best players at 100% go full bore.

    This could be a legendary game. Go Pack .. but good luck to both teams. Just a LITTLE less luck to da Bears. ; )

  6. CMH says: Jan 22, 2011 12:08 PM

    “Clark hasn’t been active since October, but he could add another layer of pass blocking insurance.”
    =-=-

    88 was active week 17 against the Packers, FWIW.

  7. emac11 says: Jan 22, 2011 12:18 PM

    “I don’t think scheming to keep your QB upright is really a state secret and considering 2 of the keys to the Bears winning is keep Cutler upright and run the ball just makes sense.”

    There’s a reason teams don’t announce their actives and inactives until shortly before kickoff. No reason for Desmond Clark to announce it ahead of time.

  8. jc1958coo says: Jan 22, 2011 12:20 PM

    wow a guy that hasn’t been active since oct. will make the differnce! da bearsssss won’t win either way. when mathews knocks him over and sacks cutler he’ll be on the bench watching the packers win 28-17!

  9. oxycode30 says: Jan 22, 2011 1:02 PM

    Get the champagne on ice, Bears fans!
    Peckers fans? I don’t know what to tell you, sucks to be you I guess.
    Go Bears!

  10. joerevs300 says: Jan 22, 2011 1:06 PM

    Smart move by the Bears, if they protect Cutler and gain 100+ yards on the ground, they’ll win this game.

    And they certainly weren’t going to do that without bringing in some insurance for their offensive line.

  11. bearsfan624evr says: Jan 22, 2011 2:42 PM

    LOL to GB packers and their fans if they fall for an obvious red herring for u tweeter users. Da bears are just drawing away more extra attention for McCarthy to worry planning for another TE in addition to Olsen who caught 3 passes for 113 yds last week. Last game for GB they got ripped up by running of Matt Forte. He is the one that should have Packers worried, not Cutler. Ohh, BTW does anyone deny that Bears seem to be team of Destiny, the way they caught sooooh many “lucky breaks all year”. Still no believers , well Mike McCarthy can waste planning all his game plan on Desmond Clark all he wants.
    LOL… Final Score prediction…Bears 25 Packers 9….u heard it here….LOL

  12. cosmicduster says: Jan 22, 2011 3:14 PM

    triple tight formations all day.

  13. jc1958coo says: Jan 22, 2011 3:48 PM

    i bet cutler would like a tight formation! on the back side! maybe he can buy a ticket to dallas cause thats the only way he’s getting there!!
    sucks to be jay on sunday, monday, tues. etc.

  14. iabearsfan says: Jan 22, 2011 3:53 PM

    3 tight ends active for The Bears on Sunday. They will run the ball 40-45 times to keep Aaron on the sidelines. Everyone wants to talk about Cutler, but Forte and Taylor will decide the game. GO BEARS BEAR DOWN

  15. goldandpurplevikes says: Jan 22, 2011 4:24 PM

    It should be a close game, Good luck to all you Bears fans…

  16. calloustongue says: Jan 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    @ Bearfan624eva

    Yeah that one offensive TD the Bears scored sure is a shining example of how well they are able to move the ball against the Pack. Olsen’s game last week against the worst team to ever make the playoffs means nothing this week. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the Packers are the Seahawks.

    Don’t be fooled. The Packers have a good rushing D and have only allowed two 100 yard rushers this year: Michael Turner and Adrian Petersen. Forte had two nice runs, but he also had a several losses as well. The Bears will not be able to run up the middle and they’re only chance is to attack the corners. So sorry, the Packers are not the Seahawks and have excellent DB’s who are quick and tackle well. They won’t be dropping any of the ducks Cutler chucks up either. Remember these guys all played with Favre, so they know all about guys like him and Cutler.

    I’ll deny the Bears are the team of destiny. What a joke. Terrible offense, good defense, excellent ST just won’t get it done. All the teams remaning have good defenses. ST can be a non factor just on the kickers shoulders alone. Packers overcame a ST score last week and can do so again. They took Hester out of the game last time they played and will do so again.

    No way the Bears want to get in a shooting match. Cutler is not Rodgers, and while the Bears might be great at not giving up a lot through the air, the Packers are much better at creating turnovers.

    Rodgers will find a way to beat you, Cutler will find a way to lose for you.

  17. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 22, 2011 4:56 PM

    oxycode30 –

    Yup. I really hope you keeping talking crap after the Packers win. Something tells me you won’t be found anywhere near here.

  18. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 22, 2011 5:00 PM

    bearsfan624evr –

    Wow you’re dumb.

    By the way, Forte can run around all he wants. It didn’t help the Bears win the last time they played, and it won’t this time, either.

  19. shadowgm1 says: Jan 22, 2011 5:41 PM

    I think it’s a tell. He’s gonna get slipped out in the passing game, he gores us for yards every time we play. This is the answer to Matthews blitzing, AS EXPECTED. People that truly don’t see the Packers weekly think (like Lovie Smith) that Matthews is the key. He’s not, it’s the coverage shutdowns up the field that makes the Packers defense dangerous.

    I have to say, the overconfidence in some of these Bears fans is truly amusing. Packers fans too for that matter. But especially in the Chicago fans, who think that Urlacher’s arthritic back is miraculously better, or that Tommie Harris is suddenly a focused player again. First said, this defensive backfield of Chicago’s CAN BE HAD. This defense is good, but certainly not the mystical wall the fans play it up to be.

    Yeah, the series was split during the season, but if James Jones doesn’t drop a gravity defying ball along the sideline late with Green Bay driving, We’re looking at two Packers wins. Also factor in the fact that they haven’t stopped Rodgers in either game (545 yards total passing, hitting seven WR’s in week 3 and nine in week 17), and Green Bay has found a slicing back in Starks, and they’ve made Peppers a virtual non-issue (6 total tackles in two games), I’d be a bit more worried than confident. True, Hester kept Chicago in both games, and I think special teams was a very prepped area last week in Green Bay. If Green Bay holds their coverage lanes in special teams, don’t break and close on the returner, they will limit his returns (which is easier said than done…)

    “But they’ll run the ball…”, running Forte is counterproductive to their cause in these games. Once or twice he will elude the blitz, but going up to 90 or more yards is that many less in the passing game. They will want to press our LB’s in coverage more with Forte, Olsen and Clark, then try and drop a deep one here and there. The problem with Cutler in this offense is his accuracy and ability to see the whole field. He tends to force the ball into the hot route. Now, as evidenced last week, he was able to “chuck it out” to some of the streaking receivers to run under and catch while facing a very below average pass defense. Green Bay’s corners (specifically Williams and Shields) are among the fastest and best in the league at adjusting to the ball and outplaying the WR for the ball, and a QB waiting for a coverage to break down gets pounded by Raji, Matthews or the blitzing slot corner. If Cutler is shaken early and gives up a turnover or two, he regresses into a petulant child and forces the ball downfield.

    The game comes down to the Bears holding Rodgers to 250 or less, and Cutler passing for 300+. Neither will happen, and I think the Packers truly hold an edge here, both offensively and defensively.

  20. pervyharvin says: Jan 22, 2011 6:15 PM

    @ kennyrogerschokesthechicken……..Enjoy your night dufus, tomorrow night the dream will be over, Bears 17-14

  21. bigbear12 says: Jan 22, 2011 6:34 PM

    3rd straight road game for the Pack, it’s going to catch up to them like it does every team – why #6 seeds don’t make it to the SB.

  22. sowcrates says: Jan 22, 2011 7:07 PM

    @ calloustongue

    Good points, for the most part. Although I wouldn’t be too quick to crown the Packers as better at forcing turnovers

    For accuracy’s sake:

    Chicago: 35 takeaways

    Green Bay: 32 takeaways

    Green Bay had 3 more interceptions than the Bears, but Chicago forced 7 and recovered six more fumbles than the Packers.

  23. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 22, 2011 8:24 PM

    shadowgm1 says:

    I have to say, the overconfidence in some of these Bears fans is truly amusing. Packers fans too for that matter.
    ____________

    Could not agree more. Like every Pack-Bears game, this could go either way. It’s stupid for either side to call it a sure thing.

    Most of all, I find myself very disappointed by a number of Chicago fans, both on this site and on the street.

    Despite the obvious animosity, I have always believed there was a degree of mutual respect between us and them. After all, they’re a lot like us. They have a very successful, storied franchise; they are loyal, willing to sit in snow even when their team is down 30 points; they would never allow a domed or corporate-named stadium; and at least until this past week seemed fairly realistic and level-headed about their team’s chances.

    Contrast that with Vikings fans, who are.. well, none of the above.

    The comments I’ve seen and heard over the past week by followers of both teams have surprised me.

    There’s no need for this pointless trash talk. It’s stupid, and all we do is set ourselves up for a major letdown. Wait and see what happens tomorrow, THEN let the winning team’s fans talk the smack.

    That being said, Green Bay wins by 12. Eat it, haters.

  24. beefbus says: Jan 22, 2011 9:11 PM

    Hopefully this means they’ll pound the rock early, and try to force Capers out of running the nickel all game long. If they have any success, which they did in the first half of week 17, playaction will setup nicely for later in the game. Martz can’t allow Woodson blitzing from the edge without a good counter action.

  25. beefbus says: Jan 22, 2011 9:14 PM

    Seriously, over confidence by fans from either side won’t decide the game in either direction. There’s no cosmic connection between our mouths and the players from each team.

  26. ccous says: Jan 22, 2011 9:18 PM

    pervy, too bad you have to slam on other people while your team has nothing to look forward to….ever

  27. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 23, 2011 12:16 PM

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    ccous says: Jan 22, 2011 9:18 PM

    pervy, too bad you have to slam on other people while your team has nothing to look forward to….ever

    Very, very well said.

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