by Matt Bowen
August 14, 02011
The NFL preseason is a job interview. No different for rookies or veteran trying to find a role on a new team. Carry over what you do on the practice field to live game situations—and put something together on tape.
Marion Barber showed up to play vs. the Bills last night at Soldier Field.
That’s what I saw from the Bears Marion Barber last night vs. the Bills at Soldier Field. The former Cowboy carried the ball seven times for 45-yards. Good numbers for a night in August.
However, what stood out was how the RB hit the hole and finished off runs. The same aggressive style I saw from Barber in drills when I went down for a visit to Bears camp last week.
Take advantage of the opportunities given to you in the preseason—and go win a job. Exactly what coaches are looking for from an evaluation standpoint. Find out who wants to be in the opening day roster and make adjustments to your depth chart.
And that brings up and interesting dynamic for the Bears at the RB position.
Along with Barber, Kahlil Bell ran the ball thirteen times for 73-yards. A player that is also going to be a key member of Dave Toub’s core special teams units. And that is a big sell for a Lovie Smith coached football team.
The question that follows: where does this leave Chester Taylor? Because if we continue to see Barber produce throughout the preseason schedule, he should be the No.2 behind starter Matt Forte on opening day vs. the Falcons.
Not as good sign for Taylor (a headline free agent pickup last offseason in Chicago). But that’s NFL football. Taylor wasn’t productive in 2010 and every training camp that follows becomes a job interview when new free agents are brought in to play a role.
Let’s see how this plays out over the next three weekends at the RB position in Chicago. But if last night was the beginning of the evaluation process, we have to say that Barber opened some eyes on the coaching staff.
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