Allen played in 46 of the club's 70 snaps against the Dolphins, while Young participated in 54 snaps.
In the third quarter, Miami marched 83 yards in 13 plays with Lamar Miller capping the drive with on a 2-yard touchdown run. The Bears didn't utilize Allen during the drive, but defensive coordinator Mel Tucker pointed out the Dolphins weren't faced with many third-and-long situations. On that possession, Miami faced third down just twice with 2 yards to convert. The Dolphins also converted a fourth-and-1.
"Going forward, obviously we want him in the game," Tucker said. "He's been a highly-productive player for us. It was an unusual series. We had a lot of short-yardage situations. We didn't really get into third-and-long. We visited with him about it, and we're ready to move on. We'll be fine. We just tell him that we're going to make sure that we get him on the field as much as possible."
Allen wasn't concerned about a lack of playing time, but immediately after the game referred questions regarding the situation to the coaching staff.
"We haven't really talked about it," Allen said. "The rotation happened that way I guess. We'll move on to New England."
The Bears held out Allen when the team faced Green Bay on Sept. 28, but he's played in six games this season, contributing 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday his team has moved past the loss to the Miami Dolphins and Brandon Marshall's subsequent locker room rant, and placed the focus where it matters most: preparing for Sunday's road matchup against the New England Patriots.
"When you watched our practice today, when you watch the demeanor of our players, and the focus that they have, it's clear that what we know as coaches and players that things don't linger and we move forward," Trestman said. "That's what happened today."
In the aftermath of a the club's 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins, a game in which Jay Cutler threw an interception and was credited for two fumbles, frustration boiled over and yelling by Marshall could be heard outside the locker room. A source inside the locker room said some of Marshall's remarks were pointed at the quarterback.
Later, Marshall vented his disappointment with the team's performance and penchant for committing turnovers, and noticeably left out Cutler when pointing out that he and several other players on the offense remained confident.
Asked whether Marshall's postgame comments could galvanize the team in its quest to avoid losing four out of its last five outings, Trestman called Marshall's "showing of emotion" "a good thing as long as it's not directed at any one person or any one side of the ball."
The brothers have yet to battle each other during a game -- until now.
"After draft day obviously we looked up each other's schedules," Brock Vereen said. "Since then it's something that we've both been anticipating, but we're very excited for it to actually be here.
You know, it's an exciting time for my parents and my family. But from a personal standpoint I've got to stay focused and get ready to go."
A fourth-round draft pick, Vereen started Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins (five tackles), and is a candidate to see the field on defense in New England. Vereen is also tied for fifth on the team with five special teams tackles.
Of course, Vereen’s defensive playing time likely hinges on the health of safety Chris Conte (shoulder). Conte practiced without restrictions Wednesday, but the safeties' 2014 track record is concerning. Conte failed to finish four of the first six games before being inactive against the Dolphins.
"There are definitely things I feel I did well and there's definitely things I need to improve on," Vereen said regarding his first NFL start.
Would Vereen hesitate to clobber his brother Sunday, if the opportunity presented itself?
"That's my job; just like he would be looking to run me over or break my tackle," Vereen said. "So we're very excited."
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Head coach Marc Trestman, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer -- even the players -- constantly harp on the need for the Chicago Bears to eliminate the turnovers, and if the club doesn't start to take some steps in that direction, it faces a long day at Gillette Stadium on Sunday against the New England Patriots, who come into this contest with 10 days of prep time.
It all starts with quarterback Jay Cutler, who has spotted opponents an average of 9.25 points just off turnovers in each of the team's four losses. In each of the club's defeats, Cutler turned over the ball on multiple occasions. And while Cutler understands turnovers are the root of the problems, he's got to take corrective steps to keep his team out of the binds.
As a playcaller, Trestman can help.
Against the Miami Dolphins in the first half, Trestman -- despite the luxury of having one of the NFL's hottest backs in Matt Forte -- called just two runs, which isn't conducive to keeping opponents off balance to allow Cutler to operate off play-action. But it also places the offense in too many difficult-to-convert, third-and-long situations.
You've got a horse. Ride him, and keep the team's fate out of the hands of Cutler, who completed three of 11 passes for 52 yards and an interception on throws of 15 yards or more downfield against the Dolphins, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Bears play a West Coast offense, which emphasizes a short, controlled passing attack. Yet Cutler insists on throwing vertical despite teams working feverishly to take that away. That partially explains why he's got the NFL's fourth-worst completion percentage (32.4 percent) on deep balls and has thrown five interceptions on such attempts, which is tied for second most in the NFL.
Trestman needs to emphasize to Cutler the need to simply take what defenses give him. In turn, the quarterback needs to stop giving it away. Ten turnovers in seven games (seven interceptions and three fumbles) is enough.
3. Coverage teams: Miami rookie sensation Jarvis Landry managed to return just two kickoffs for 55 yards and two punts for 22 yards. Landry’s dynamic ability on kickoff returns worried the Bears leading up to Sunday, but the coverage teams and kicker Robbie Gould answered the challenge. Covering kicks is a collective effort between the coverage men and the kicker. Gould forces return men to move around in the end zone before catching the football -- an exercise that can disrupt a return man’s rhythm.
3. Rest of the offense: This is not the kind of offensive output Bears fans envisioned. Fans expected to see growth and improvement in the second year of the offense. After all, the Bears returned all 16 starters from a group that finished second in the NFL in points per game in 2013. Instead, the Bears offense is the main culprit behind the rocky seven-game stretch to open the season. On all levels, the Bears are failing. For whatever reason, the Bears aren’t stringing together wins (with the exception of back-to-back victories over San Francisco and the New York Jets). The offense is wildly inconsistent; it’s always something with the offense. Actually, it’s always something with this team. Rarely do the three phases come together in harmony. The Bears have nine games -- minimum -- to figure it out. The Bears have missed the playoffs six of the past seven years. It would be seven of the past eight years if they fail to reach the postseason in 2014 (a very real possibility). Time for the offense to step up and save the day.
How did this happen?
“You know, there were a couple of reasons,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said on Monday. “We only ran 18 plays. That would be one. We didn't convert on third down to roll anything over. We had two called runs, we had two runs called with options to throw and we had another two called where we pulled the ball with an option to throw, as well. Eighteen plays. If you don't roll it over you can't get in sync.
“We threw it a little bit more early, but that wasn't the plan. The plan was to kind of do it the way we did it in the third quarter. And that's what we went back to doing. We took some of the options off and we handed the football off and we got more of what we would expect of our offense -- a good, solid drive.”
Forte finished the game with 12 rushing attempts for 49 yards, the third time in 2014 opposing defenses have limited Forte to under 50 yards rushing. The Pro Bowl running back did catch six passes for 60 yards out of the backfield, and through seven weeks Forte leads the Bears with 52 receptions.
Fuller's status is unknown for the Week 8 trip to New England to face the 5-2 Patriots.
"Up to this point today, I've heard it [the broken hand] as being a non-surgical issue," Trestman said.
"He went out of the game because of his hip more than his hand, so we'll just see. He said he felt good today, but it'll be day to day. I don't know that the hand will deter him. I don't know that, I haven't talked to [the training staff] about it. But that's what I understand at this time."
The No. 14 overall selection of the 2014 NFL draft, Fuller replaced Charles Tillman (injured reserve) on the first team in Week 2, recording three interceptions and three forced fumbles in five starts.
Fuller's third-quarter exit on Sunday forced the Bears to play Sherrick McManis at cornerback opposite Tim Jennings, with Demontre Hurst lining up at nickelback.