With only three days wedged between the Bears and Cardinals preseason contests, Head Coach Josh McDaniels knew this week represented a test for how well his team could grasp its normal workload.
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s walkthrough, McDaniels rated that test as a success.
“We crammed everything we could cram into two days,” McDaniels said. “You kind of see what your guys are capable of learning real fast because there are some new little things that we have to do based on what they do. Our guys adapted well to it in the last two days.”
Those adaptations included naming items to improve on in Thursday night’s contest. McDaniels cited no penalties and no turnovers as goals for his offense, while shoring up the two-minute drill performance as an expectation for his defense.
“There are a lot of little things like that that we are looking forward to trying to improve upon and get better at,” McDaniels said. “We will see which ones come up tomorrow night.”
Separate sides of the ball aside, the goal for the entire roster is to pick up its first win of the exhibition season. While every team has a different approach to its final preseason game, McDaniels’ approach does not involve abandoning his starters.
“Our guys are going to play,” he said. “(The starters) are not going to play into the second half or anything like that, but there are some things that we want to do better than what we have done.”
Eleven-year veteran Brandon Stokley said he hadn’t been told otherwise, and feels that minutes are no issue – as long as the team is continuing its track toward being ready for the Sept. 13 opener at Cincinnati.
“Gonna expect to play the whole game and then we’ll see,” Stokley said. “I haven’t been told anything yet so go in with the mindset of playing the whole game and then go from there.
That mindset may especially apply to Tom Brandstater. When asked how long the rookie would play, McDaniels replied: “He will play a long time.”
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com