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Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:24 pm
 
Kahlil Bell's set to start Sunday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Bears quarterback Josh McCown, making his first NFL start since 2007, won't be the only new face for Chicago against Green Bay on Christmas: running back Kahlil Bell is poised to get the starting nod as well, with Marion Barber expected to miss Sunday's matchup.

Barber, who averages just 3.7 yards per carry on the year, hasn't had the best few weeks: he piled up just 33 yards against the Seahawks in a Week 15 loss and though he went over the 100-yard mark against the Broncos, he famously ran out of bounds and fumbled in an overtime loss that caused Tebowmania to top out at a dull roar last week.

So maybe it's best that, according to the Chicago Tribune, Barber is "expected" to miss Saturday's game against the rival Packers. Going with a third-string running back doesn't appear to bother coach Lovie Smith either.

"There are bigger concerns I have, and Kahlil is not one of them," Smith said Thursday. "I vividly remember his first carry he had at Soldier Field. I see him every day in practice going against our No. 1 defense."

Bell's first carry was in 2009, when he ripped off a 72-yard run against the Eagles, a Bears record for the longest carry by a rookie.

"He can make you miss in the open field," Smith said. "He can run with power inside. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. I'm excited about the opportunity he has."

Bell's probably excited too -- Saturday will mark just his second career start, and since the Bears-Packers game is the only contest on Christmas, he's got a shot to make his mark in a big way. Over the past three weeks, Bell's seen 28 total carries and averaged five yards a pop on those carries.

Green Bay is above average in rush defense, but if Bell has a big day he'll give Chicago the best Christmas present of all: a chance to stay in the playoff hunt.


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Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 8:42 am
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

all i want for XMAS is a BEARS WIN!!!!!!



Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

Would you start Bell over Bradshaw?



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

So you're telling me we have a chanceWink



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

For what it's worth, I'm starting him over BenJarvus Green-Ellis...



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

"He can make you miss in the open field," Smith said. "He can run with power inside. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. I'm excited about the opportunity he has."
"He's so good, and that's why we haven't played him until now."



Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

On a side note, this brings up a interesting dilemna for me.  Should I now start Kahlil Bell over cedric benson in my fantasy team this weekend.  Any thoughts would help.  Thanks.



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

Considering there are 22 Offense and Defense Starters, if they all sat out, that would consume 44 position spots.  Add punter, kicker, long snapper, and that makes 47 active players.

Not possible, folks.  Not only that, as was the case last year... many starters are already out due to injury... Chad Clifton, Brian Bulaga, Greg Jennings, James Starks, Ryan Pickett, Desmond Bishop, and hopefully AJ Hawk.  Thats already 6 (hopefully 7) starters out.  Add Nick Collins, long since on IR, and its already 7 (hopefully 8).  So, bottom line, sounds to me like they are already resting a whole ton of starters. 



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

Uh, Will...  game is on SUNDAY.  Not Saturday.  Merry Christmas everyone, you too Will.



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

It wouldnt be a wise move for the Packers to sit their starters.  If it was the final regular season game they might but with two games left the Packers need a scrimmage game to get some work in and keep their starters sharp and focused.   Their have been NFL teams that have rested their top players and then made a quick exit in the playoffs because of a letdown in the last regular season games.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Barber 'expected' to sit, Kahlil Bell to start

If Packers lock up #1 seed before kick off.  Which is possible if San Fran loses we have the makings of a nice preseason game here.  Packers will most likely sit thier starters and the Bears dont have any starters left to suit up.


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