#1 the Knicks, who last won a championship in 1973 von miaowang123 23.03.2019 02:43

CHICAGO -- Jay Cutler targeted Brandon Marshall and no one else. He zipped a pass into double coverage, only to get intercepted. The new and supposedly improved offence stagnated and the defence made up for it. Same old Chicago Bears? On the surface, it sure seemed like it. Cutler looked shaky again and the defence came through, harassing Philip Rivers early on and setting the tone for the Bears in a 33-28 preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. All eyes remain on the quarterback after the Bears made some big changes on offence in the off-season, hiring coach Marc Trestman to replace Lovie Smith and revising their line. So far, the results are mixed at best. "There are certain plays were running for the first time against a live defence other than the Bears," Cutler said. "There are certain things you just have to experience. Sometimes you make mistakes, and sometimes its going to go off without a hitch. When I was in Denver, we ran that offence for three years. Year 3, I think all of us had a great grasp of it. We dont have that luxury right now." Cutler played a quarter and completed 4 of 5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, but the only receiver he targeted was Marshall, who is recovering from off-season hip surgery and sat out last week. Field position played a role in that, as did the Bears not wanting to show too much of their playbook. Still, thats not a good sign for a team that wants to distribute the ball more evenly this year. On a more positive note for the Bears offence, Matt Forte ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on eight attempts after carrying just once in a loss at Carolina in the preseason opener. His 58-yard run around the left end set up the games first touchdown, a 5-yard strike from Cutler to Marshall. Rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills held their ground at right guard and tackle. Devin Hester also showed a spark, returning the games opening kickoff 45 yards. And reserve Michael Ford ran one back 100 yards in the third quarter, leading to a 3-yard scoring run by Michael Bush. The first-team defence sacked Rivers three times and forced two turnovers, even though star defensive end Julius Peppers (hamstring), defensive tackle Henry Melton (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (strained right calf) sat out with injuries. The Chargers lost again after getting pounded by Seattle last week. Rivers downplayed the turnovers, even though he got swarmed as soon as he stepped on the field. He was 5 of 9 for 50 yards with an interception, and he lost a fumble on a sack by Shea McClellin, leading to a 3-yard run by Forte that made it 14-0 near the end of the first quarter. "I think that can be overanalyzed," Rivers said. "They are what they are, but I dont see it as a step back. I have seen some bad play and non-rhythmic offences in the preseason, then they have great years, and I have seen some great drives in the preseason and they all go for nothing in the regular season." Backup Charlie Whitehurst came in early in the second quarter and was 6 for 9 for 69 yards and a touchdown. He fumbled away his first snap, leading to a field goal by Robbie Gould, but he also led the Chargers on an 80-yard TD drive late in the half. Cutler got sacked twice on the opening drive, an ominous start after he threw an interception on Chicagos first play from scrimmage the previous week. Jarret Johnson burst through the left side to force a fumble on second down that the Bears recovered, and Cutler held the ball too long on the next play, resulting in a sack for Corey Liuget. Forte set up Chicagos first touchdown on the next possession when he turned a pitch into a 58-yard sprint down the left side to the 5. Marshall, who sat out last week after having off-season hip surgery, then caught a strike from Cutler in tight coverage to give the Bears a 7-0 lead. They had a chance to add to it after Chris Conte picked off Rivers at the 35 on the next possession. But on the first play, Cutler got intercepted by Donald Butler trying to hit Marshall in double coverage. "I didnt misread," Cutler said. "I knew what I was doing. (I) kind of got clipped, I let it go, but those are the ones that you kind of want to check down after you see the picture." Trestman tried to take some blame for the pick, saying the Bears had not run that play much. He also made it clear he wasnt thrilled with Cutlers decision, saying, "Theres a time to force the ball and use your arm and put it up into man-to-man coverage when theres a single man and a single player, and that really wasnt one of those situations." That Peppers sat out his second game was a bit of a surprise, considering Trestman had said he would play. The Chargers held out Danny Woodhead because of his undisclosed injury and receiver Malcolm Floyd after he hurt his right knee in practice on Monday. Rookie linebacker Manti Teo also sat out as expected after spraining his right foot against Seattle last week. Liuget left late in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. And Bears third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard broke a knuckle on his left hand in the second half, forcing Josh McCown back into the game. Trestman wasnt sure how long he would be out but did say the Bears will need to bring in another QB. Cheap MLB Jerseys From China . -- Michael Bennett gambled last off-season that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with the long-term contract he always wanted. Authentic MLB Jerseys Outlet . And thats good news for Canada. Kelly, who plays No. 8 at the back of the scrum, is captain of the Canadian womens team. http://www.jerseysmlbwholesale.com/ . 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He plans to become a free agent in July and wants to be someplace where he can compete for championships. The Knicks never came close this season, going 37-45. Anthony said it was a "failure" and an "embarrassment" that hes unwilling to go through again, which could force him to look elsewhere since New York will have trouble changing its roster next season. "I want to come back. I also want to win. Me wanting to be here, if we can put ourselves in position to at least compete at a high level over the course of whatever, five years, the contract would be, then Im willing to stay here," Anthony said Thursday while wearing a red hat with the letters "NY" at the Knicks training centre. He met with Jackson, who took over as team president in March and has said he could envision Anthony as a central piece of the Knicks future. Less clear is what he thinks about coach Mike Woodson, who received a strong endorsement from the Knicks leading scorer. "To be honest with you, Mike Woodson, me and him have become, hes been a guy I can talk to," Anthony said. "Hes been almost a father figure, a friend, a guy who I can bounce stuff off of. Ive been a guy hes talked to multiple times about multiple things, different situations. So when that time comes, if its ready for me to step up and take that next step and say, OK, Mike Woodson needs to stay or go — I dont think it would come down to that — but Ill back him. If he needs my recommendation, whether its here or anywhere else, Ill back him." Amare Stoudemire said Woodson wasnt a part of his exit meeting with Jackson and general manager Steve Mills, and he hadnt seen him Thursday. Woodson led the Knicks to 54 wins and a ddivision title last season, and the Knicks embraced their high expectations coming into 2013-14.dddddddddddd But they got off to a dismal start and couldnt recover, bad timing with their best player having the option to leave. The Knicks can pay Anthony around $30 million more than any other team, but wont have much financial flexibility to build around him until a number of contracts come off the books following the 2014-15 season. Yet Tyson Chandler, who like Stoudemire owns one of those contracts, said changing the players wasnt what the franchise needed. "I think a lot around here is made about personnel and this and that. I dont think thats it," he said. "I personally think that you have to bring a winning culture around here, and until thats established, you can rotate players as much as you want. Its not going to make a difference." That winning culture has escaped the Knicks, who last won a championship in 1973 when Jackson was a player here. Anthony said he understood it would take time after he was traded to New York in 2011, but said hes "not at a point in my career where I want to rebuild" as he prepares to turn 30 next month. "I dont know if I can afford to wait another season of losing. I really cant see that picture right now," Anthony said. "As far as other teams thats out there, which quote-unquote team would be a better situation, you never know. Sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side, so this is stuff that Im going to have to sit down with myself and my family and really figure this out. This is not a decision thats going to happen overnight." He has time to think, since he cant play basketball now anyway. He began rehab on his right shoulder, which has a torn labrum, on Wednesday. "I just want to get away, kind of decompress and kind of clear my mind, because I dont want to come into this thing with a clouded judgment or things like that," Anthony said. "When I come back, my mind will be clear." ' ' '

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