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On bright side, Dez not likely to be asked to snap again

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The special teams allowed two long returns and a blocked punt for a safety in a 25-10 loss to the Chargers in the preseason opener. Special teams coordinator Dave Toub will have more "teaching moments" this week after watching his units botch three snaps , muff a punt that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and have another punt blocked.
Desmond Clark, subbing for injured long-snapper Patrick Mannelly (shoulder) was responsible for the bad snaps, one of which resulted in kicker Robbie Gould, of all people, being flagged for intentional grounding.
Clark's first snap of the game skipped to punter Brad Maynard, who was kicking out of his own end zone. Later in the first quarter, after Matt Forte's 89-yard touchdown run, Clark again bounced a snap to holder Maynard, who had no choice but to fall on the ball during the extra-point attempt.
Gould was lining up a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter when another low snap squirted past Maynard. Gould picked it up and fired it down the field, drawing the flag.
"I'm not going to make excuses," Clark said. "Once I started trusting what I was doing I was OK. Once I stopped trying not to mess up it worked pretty good."
The upside? Toub sent the field goal unit into the game only to have coach Lovie Smith pull them back when he elected to go for it on fourth-and-seven at the Raiders' 22 yard line later in the second half. Quarterback Jay Cutler ended up throwing a touchdown pass to Johnny Knox that gave the Bears a 14-13 lead at the break.
The Bears led 14-13 early in the third quarter when ex-Northwestern receiver Eric Peterman muffed a punt that Oakland's Slade Norris recovered for a TD that gave the Raiders a 20-14 lead. Norris lated blocked a Maynard punt that rolled through the end zone for a safety.

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Eric Peterman total beast! His muffs add mystery and axcitement to the game!

The Bears have been spoiled since 1998 with a long snapper of Patrick Mannelly's caliber, he's one of the best I've ever seen. Hopefully he comes back alright.

Johnny Knox is another player that has been having a nice camp and pre-season. That trade for Cutler not only gave Chicago a franchise quarterback, but a pretty good receiver in 5th rounder Johnny Knox, he's starting to look like a draft day steal. Knox and Cutler should be a heck of a combo for Chicago this season GO BEARS!!

Uh yeah, right Bumstead. Eric Peterman's muff was as exciting as a heart attack.

It's not just a fare catch it's an adventure.

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