Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 8/15/13
The Chicago Bears face off against the San Diego  Chargers in week two of the NFL's preseason out on the lakefront.  While there were a lot of other things that happened in the week one game, apparently the only match up that matters for Bears fans this week is on the offensive line.  J'Marcus Webb was benched and/or moved to the second team left tackle spot as planned.  Rookie Jordan Mills was moved up to the first team for the entire week of practice at the right tackle spot.   Fans are eager to see Mills go up against the Chargers' defensive starters, even if it's for only one or two series. Mills will likely play the entire game, but the Chargers' starters on defense will maybe play the entire first quarter.  Assuming the Bears can string together some form of an offensive drive then we might get to see Mills take more than 10 snaps against the San Diego defense.  The level of anticipation surrounding Mills' debut with the ones has reached idiotic proportions.  The truth of the matter is we're not really going to learn much of any substance from Mills competing against the likes of Jarrett Johnson and Dwight Freeney.  Once those crusty veterans take a seat Mills will likely draw a battle against first round bust Larry English a NIU alum.   Mills isn't going to face the same level of talent that J'Marcus Webb faced last week when he went up against the most productive pass rushing duo in the NFL from the 2012 season last week.  We'll watch each and every one of Mills snaps intently diagnosing his every play and making fun of Webb every time Mills does something right.  It won't matter how bad Mills does because he'll have the rookie excuse argument on his side, while every sign of success will only cement him as an NFL ready starter in the minds of many.  Moving beyond Jordan Mills it will be important for the offense as a whole to show some progress, because last week there wasn't much to get excited about.  Jay Cutler threw a pick and then led to mediocre drives that accounted for zero points on the scoreboard.  Matt Forte didn't find much running room and J'Marcus Webb allowed a sack, a pretty typical Bears drive no matter who the coach has been.  I'd like to see a little bit more consistency from the offense, but that likely won't start to happen until week three dress rehearsal game.  So beyond the offense what more can Bears fans tune in to watch during the 7 pm game?  One match up which should be interesting is the Chargers' offensive tackles versus the Bears' DEs.  Shea McClellin and Corey Wootton going up against DJ Fluker and eventually Michael Harris on the right side of the offensive line.  Both offensive tackles have suspect feet in pass protection.  Wootton didn't play last week and it's likely he won't play much beyond the first quarter of this game, whereas Shea McClellin needs to show reasons why he's listed as a co-starter with Wootton on the depth chart.  What we saw from McClellin last week was much of the same we saw last season.  McClellin still can't play the run from his 4-3 DE spot and still hasn't mastered a pass rush much beyond a speedy rush up the field combined with a spin back to the inside.  Emery is going to stick by his first round pick and give him every opportunity possible to win the starting job, whether McClellin deserves it or not.  What he needs to show is that he at least deserves some consideration by taking advantage of two OTs who may not be the best pass blockers.  On defense last week we saw two superb efforts from rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.  Both showed they can play at this level, the question is can they start at this level, particularly Bostic.  D.J.  Williams suffered a strained calf that has kept him for a couple of weeks now meaning Bostic should be the frontrunner to start.  The Chargers should be aggressive in trying to run at Bostic and show that he can take on blocks and still make plays.  The rookie showed well in coverage on the pick-6 and running from sideline to sideline, now he must attack the action between the tackles.  There is less pressure on Khaseem Greene given the durability and Pro Bowl status of Lance Briggs.  However we'd like to see even more action from Greene in week two especially in pass coverage.  He too showed well slicing through a gap and dropping the running back for a loss on the goal-line and notching another two tackles including one on special teams.  Continuing to examine the Bears' defense we come to the secondary where Isaiah Frey and Brandon Hardin are two draft picks from a year ago heading in completely different directions.  Whereas Frey is a lock to make the roster and likely has the starting nickel corner job locked down, Hardin is fighting for his football life in just his training camp in Chicago.  Hardin is big, fast and strong build like a linebacker that runs like a safety.  But he doesn't know coverage angles, and doesn't know how to tackle which has led to two injuries over the last two seasons.  Hardin must now show what he is capable of against Keenan Allen a former adversary from the Pac-12.  The rookie wide receiver from Cal will test both Frey and Hardin and we should learn whether or not Hardin legitimately deserves to play in the NFL.   
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