Of no-huddle and no dice

Tribune staff reporter

The Bears came at the Philadelphia Eagles with a number of tricks on offense Sunday. But the changes amounted to little more than gimmicks that produced more questions than answers or points.

Quarterback Jim Miller went with a no-huddle offense on the second series of the game, a possession that also featured Leon Johnson replacing Anthony Thomas at running back.

But while Miller explained the use of the no-huddle as a way of changing speeds on the Eagles, offensive coordinator John Shoop seemed to feel a more basic need for the move.

"We ran no-huddle to philosophically remind our guys that we're on offense and they're on defense," Shoop said.

"Anytime you play a team like the Eagles that has so many blitzes and different looks, it's one way philosophically to give your guys some confidence."

Shoop went again with a bit of razzle-dazzle that backfired early in the fourth quarter. On first down from the Bears' 20, Miller pitched the ball to wide receiver Dez White in the backfield.

White bobbled and dropped the ball, the Eagles recovered at the Bears' 18 and David Akers put the Eagles ahead for good 16-13 with a 27-yard field goal.

"I didn't handle it well," said White, who acknowledged he ran without tucking the ball away. "I saw it and I felt like I was going to be comfortable getting it, but it was a little slicker than I thought it was and it just slipped off my fingers."

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