The Chicago Bears held practice in the rain today at Halas Hall, because according to head coach John Fox, "Those are conditions we might see." The Bears host the Minnesota Vikings at noon this Sunday and the current forecast is a high of 63 and sunny.
The only starter to not participate in practice was inside linebacker Shea McClellin (knee). Defensive lineman Bruce Gaston was held out with an illness. Among those practicing on a limited basis were safety Antrel Rolle (knee), center Hroniss Grasu (neck), guard Matt Slauson (knee/shoulder), guard/tackle Patrick Omameh (ankle) and tackle Jermon Bushrod (shoulder).
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio met the media today and when asked about starting corner Kyle Fuller possibly changing positions, Fangio said he does not see him as a nickelback, and in regards to a move to safety he said, "Maybe in the future that can be a topic of discussion, (but) not now."
The Bears are only one of two teams without an interception from their secondary, with the other being the Jacksonville Jaguars. When asked what the Bears need to do to rectify that Fangio replied, "We've got to get closer and make a few plays on the ball."
Fangio also sees newly signed Ziggy Hood as a defensive end in his scheme and when asked about recently released Jeramiah Ratliff he said that they were "disappointed to lose him."
With Ratliff cut and Ego Ferguson on injured reserve, the Bears will probably start Will Sutton (DE), Eddie Goldman (NT) and Jarvis Jenkins (DE) along the line with Hood and Mitch Unrein as the primary backups. Bruce Gaston is the only other defensive lineman on the active roster.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson held a conference call with the media today and he was very complimentary about Chicago outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. "When he's playing football, he's not playing around, he's a man amongst children." Peterson also added, "I love guys like that, that (go) out and compete like that. I'm looking forward to playing against him."
Even though he was impressed with McPhee, he said the Bears defense has no intimidation factor at all.
When asked about his Bears' counterpart, Peterson said of Matt Forte, "I would call him Stephen Curry, Mr. Dependable. That's what I would call him." And in case you're wondering, since Forte is Curry, Peterson considers himself Michael Jordan.
Peterson is averaging 4.4 yards per rushing attempt this year and is currently 4th in the league with 530 yards on the ground. Chicago head coach John Fox called Peterson "a great player," and outside linebacker Sam Acho said of Peterson, "He's a really, really, really good back."
Peterson, by the way, was held out of practice with a hip, finger and ankle injuries.
I would expect the Bears to try and make the Vikings one dimensional by taking away the ground game, but they they'll need to be wary of rookie wide out Stefon Diggs who has 324 yards receiving the last 3 games.
Rookie Stefon Diggs leads the entire NFL in yards per route run at 3.27. That's .26 higher than the next closest, Antonio Brown.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 28, 2015
Chicago's shaky secondary will need to be ready.