WBEZ | Jason Campbell http://www.wbez.org/tags/jason-campbell Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bears make changes on O-line with QBs hurting http://www.wbez.org/news/bears-make-changes-o-line-qbs-hurting-103980 <p><p>The Chicago Bears will not know until at least Thursday and possibly Friday whether quarterback Jay Cutler will play against the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.</p><p>They know for certain some things will change within the offense.</p><p>Cutler, who missed the last game and a half due to a concussion, will go through a limited practice Thursday then could get the go-ahead for a full practice Friday ahead of Sunday&#39;s game.</p><p>&quot;Jay has to be cleared to practice on a limited basis, which he has been cleared to do that,&quot; coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday. &quot;Before he can play, he has to be cleared by an independent neurologist, and we&#39;re not to that point.&quot;</p><p>Cutler said he feels fine, is symptom-free and hopes to get medical approval to play.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;ve got to see some more doctors, got to go on the field and make sure you can exert yourself, really,&quot; he said. &quot;It&#39;s a personal thing, just making sure you feel OK.&quot;</p><p>Cutler was injured during the Houston game as he scrambled to try and throw a pass in the open field, and has often done this when his struggling offensive line has failed to protect him. He said the concussion, his second with the Bears and third in the NFL, will not make him less willing to take risks.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not going to change the way I play football,&quot; he said. &quot;It&#39;s not going to change my desire to return to the field by any means.&quot;</p><p>To make sure Cutler or backup Jason Campbell is properly protected in the future, the Bears are considering changes at offensive tackle. They allowed six sacks to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night and have given up 34 on the year, second only to Arizona (44).</p><p>&quot;There&#39;s never job security when you put up a performance like that across the board,&quot; center Roberto Garza said.</p><p>Starting left guard Chilo Rachal was placed on the reserve/left team list for personal reasons that were not disclosed. As a result, either Chris Spencer or Edwin Williams could get a start at left guard against veteran Jared Allen and the Vikings.</p><p>Spencer started the first two games at left guard this season before Rachal was moved into the spot. Williams started the final seven games at left guard in 2011 after an injury to Chris Williams.</p><p>There could be changes coming at tackle, as well, after right tackle Gabe Carimi and left tackle J&#39;Marcus Webb both struggled against the 49ers.</p><p>Offensive coordinator Mike Tice said veteran tackle Jonathan Scott, acquired in early September after playing for Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Buffalo in a seven-year career, has the ability to start at tackle.</p><p>&quot;I have been in meetings for the last three months, so I&#39;ve been paying attention,&quot; Scott said. &quot;I believe I am ready.&quot;</p><p>Carimi, the 2011 first-round draft pick from Wisconsin, was beaten several times by 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and has never looked 100 percent after offseason knee surgery.</p><p>&quot;He gets all worked up and he doesn&#39;t settle down and it compounds it,&quot; Tice said. &quot;It&#39;s happened more than once. It compounds and it keeps building. So, he&#39;s a young player and he has to work through it. He really does.&quot;</p><p>Webb has started at left tackle the last two seasons after starting at right tackle as a rookie.</p><p>&quot;You know, it all boils down to him, when he uses his hands,&quot; Tice said. &quot;He&#39;s OK. He&#39;s not bad. And the few times this game that he used his hands, he blocked his guy. But when he doesn&#39;t use his hands, he&#39;s just a big, tall guy out there getting edgy and getting knocked around.&quot;</p><p>With the offense now ranked 30th in the league and the passing attack 31st, Tice is searching for answers. One possibility won&#39;t be Tice relinquishing play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates.</p><p>&quot;There&#39;s no consideration of that, I don&#39;t know where you got that from,&quot; Smith told reporters.</p><p>Tice said the Bears&#39; offense simply has to block better. Without that he said they &quot;could bring Joe Gibbs out of retirement and have him call the plays,&quot; and the offense would still struggle.</p><p>Notes: DE Shea McClellin was given clearance to go through a full practice following a concussion suffered two weeks ago, which means he will be available to play Sunday unless he has more symptoms. WR Alshon Jeffery underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and Smith said the rookie will miss two to four weeks. Jeffery had just come back from a fractured right hand before suffering a knee injury in the second half against San Francisco.</p></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/bears-make-changes-o-line-qbs-hurting-103980 In Campbell, Bears have a quality back-up for Cutler http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-05/campbell-bears-have-quality-back-cutler-99672 <p><p>The biggest, most headline-grabbing news of the Bears&rsquo; offseason was the team&rsquo;s trade for Miami&rsquo;s wide receiver, Brandon Marshall. But Marshall shared his introductory press conference with former Oakland Raider free-agent quarterback, Jason Campbell, who was also acquired by the Bears. Marshall may have gotten the bulk of the questions that day, but Campbell&rsquo;s signing answered a big question for the Bears offense.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Campbell%20and%20Cutler.jpg" style="float: right; height: 420px; width: 310px;" title="Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and backup QB Jason Campbell watch OTA at Halas Hall. (AP/Photo Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>Last year when Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler injured his thumb in a game against San Diego, the Bears&rsquo; record was 7-3; they were on the verge of becoming a playoff team. But the Bears lost 5 of those last 6 games and didn&rsquo;t make the playoffs, mainly because of back-up quarterback Caleb Hanie&rsquo;s ineptitude (and to a lesser extent that of third-string QB Josh McCown). The lack of quality players behind Cutler may have been one big factor that cost former Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo his job.</p><p>The need to upgrade that spot on the roster was a priority for new GM Phil Emery. When Emery signed Campbell, it gave the Bears a former starter with eight years&rsquo; experience. As a free agent, Campbell looked at his options and said, &ldquo;I felt Chicago was a team that could win and compete.&rdquo; He was available because he suffered a broken collarbone last season (and because the Raiders acquired Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer).</p><p>After Wednesday&rsquo;s Organized Team Activities at Halas Hall, Campbell said he feels he has recovered from the injury. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m letting it rip in practice,&rdquo; says Campbell. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not hitting yet.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think about it, or worry about it,&rdquo; Campbell added.&nbsp;</p><p>He&rsquo;s working primarily with the Bears second unit, something he is unaccustomed to since he has mostly been a starter. Campbell was the Washington Redskins&rsquo; 2005 first round pick and started there&nbsp;for four years. He was then traded to Oakland and played there the last two&nbsp;years&nbsp;until his injury.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Jason%20Campbell%20OTA.jpg" style="float: left; height: 434px; width: 300px;" title="Campbell works out at Bears OTA last week. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>Campbell knows his role as a back-up means he&rsquo;ll have to do extra work. &ldquo;The back-up quarterback is as important as a starter,&rdquo; Campbell said, adding, &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t get the reps, so I will have extra work outs and stay after practice.&rdquo; He has worked with several offensive coordinators during his career, so Campbell says he feels learning a new system is not an issue. His record might play that out: In his NFL career he has completed over 60 percent of his passes with 74 touchdowns and 50 interceptions.</p><p>Besides the opportunity to win, Campbell is impressed with his new head coach, Lovie Smith. Campbell says the team reflects the coach, adding, &ldquo;It is like a family atmosphere.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking of family: Jason&rsquo;s grandmother and a few of his aunts live in the Chicago area. He hasn&rsquo;t had a lot of time to taste their &ldquo;home cooking&rdquo; he says, but that&rsquo;s ok. &ldquo;I have to watch my figure,&rdquo; he adds with a huge smile. At 6&rsquo;5&rdquo; and 230 pounds, Campbell is quite an impressive figure behind center.</p><p>Needless to say, the Bears would love to have Jay Cutler start and finish all 16 regular season games and the post season. At least now there&rsquo;s a viable plan just in case Cutler has any health problems.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-05/campbell-bears-have-quality-back-cutler-99672