Headset issues hampered Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

Written By BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter Posted: 09/17/2014, 12:16am

Technical difficulties played a part in the Bears’ battle for the No.  2 quarterback spot when Jimmy Clausen was hampered by headset issues for ‘‘three to five plays’’ in the Bears’ 20-19 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night at Soldier Field. It’s not the first time the Bears have had communication problems at Soldier Field.

‘‘We had an issue a few times last year,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘But other places I’ve been, there have been issues like this, so I don’t think it’s exclusive to Soldier Field.’’

Trestman said Clausen’s headset was inoperable on the pass play in which Clausen was intercepted by Jaguars safety Josh Evans after the ball was tipped by rookie linebacker Telvin Smith.

‘‘Jimmy did a good job of at least getting a call up that was a sound play,’’ Trestman said, ‘‘and it was a similar one to the one we called, except the . . . call wouldn’t have been a deep-over. The call would have been a shallow. But coverage dictated on that play that he go back to that side, but [Smith] really made a heck of a play. If Jimmy would have checked it down, he would have gotten a completion.’’

Clausen was 11-for-15 for 94 yards and the interception for a 61.5 passer rating. Jordan Palmer, who had no known communication problems, was 6-for-9 for 73 yards for a 91.4 rating, leading two touchdown drives to win the game

Running in place

As dependable and consistent a weapon as the Bears have had in years, running back Matt Forte might be dead last on their list of concerns coming into this season.

But Forte’s numbers in the first two preseason games can’t be ignored: seven carries for minus-seven yards. In the second preseason game last year, he rushed for 74 yards on eight carries, including a 58-yard run, against the San Diego Chargers.

‘‘We’ve got to work on our running game,” Trestman said a day after Forte lost two yards on four carries against the Jaguars. ‘‘We’re not concerned about it. It’s more one guy here, one guy there. We’ve just got to clean it up.’’

Draughn vs. Carey

While Forte struggled for positive yardage, backup Shaun Draughn had back-to-back 11-yard gains with the first-team offensive line and added another 11-yard run in the first half to finish with 33 yards on three carries.

Draughn and rookie Ka’Deem Carey — 13 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown Thursday — are the front-runners for the No.  2 running back spot, ahead of Michael Ford, Trestman said.

‘‘I think both guys show that they’re up to it,’’ he said.

‘Showtime’ for Marshall

Receiver Brandon Marshall will appear on Showtime’s ‘‘Inside the NFL,’’ which will require him to travel to New York on Tuesdays during the season. But, mindful of upsetting team chemistry, he cleared it with Trestman first.

‘‘He told me about the situation and I just told him, ‘I’m not going to make that decision for you,’ ” Trestman said. ‘‘I said, ‘I trust that the football team will always come first, that your energy will be in place each and every Wednesday when we go to work and you’ll do the things you need to do to be ready to play on Sunday.’ And I said, ‘I trust you.’ That’s how I left it with him.’’

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