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We took a look at the breakdown of playing time on special teams on Monday, and today we're going to tackle how the playing time was divided in the secondary last season. Obviously, the big piece the Bears are trying to replace is veteran safety Mike Brown, who is expected to visit the Cleveland Browns after a free-agent trip to Kansas City last week.

Corey Graham has been shifted from cornerback to safety, and Craig Steltz and Josh Bullocks are also in the mix. Graham ranked fourth in playing time in the secondary last season, so he has ample experience on the field for a player entering his third season.

Here is the breakdown:


SS/FS Kevin Payne 1,101 of 1,111, 99.1 percent, 16/16 starts/games
CB Charles Tillman 948 of 1,111, 85.3 percent, 15/15 starts/games
FS/SS Mike Brown 924 of 1,111, 83.2 percent, 15/15 starts/games
CB Corey Graham 714 of 1,111, 64.3 percent, 9/16 starts/games
CB Nathan Vasher 438 of 1,111, 39.4 percent, 7/8 starts/games
CB/S Danieal Manning 370 of 1,111 33.3 percent, 1/14 starts/games
S Craig Steltz, 141 of 1,111, 12.7 percent, 0/11 starts/games
CB Trumaine McBride, 93 of 1,111, 8.4 percent, 1/16 starts/games
CB Marcus Hamilton, 46 of 1,111, 4.1 percent, 0/8 starts/games
CB Zack Bowman, 20 of 1,111, 1.8 percent, 0/1 starts/games


Of the top 12 participants on special teams last season, it's probably fair to say only four are guaranteed to have roster spots in 2009. That's life on the bottom-third of the roster, where annual turnover mixes things up. The good news for special teams coordinator Dave Toub is that only one of the 12 players is guaranteed to be gone--linebacker Darrell McClover, whose contract expired. He remains a free agent. The better news for Toub is that he might get more out of defensive lineman Israel Idonije and linebacker Nick Roach.

Idonije saw his playing time on special teams drop from 63 percent in 2007 to 50 percent last season after bulking up. He's dropping to between 265 pounds and 270 pounds and will probably be called on more by Toub. Roach was eighth in special teams snaps with 224 but if Pisa Tinoisamoa wins the starting job on the strong side as expected, Roach would be freed up for more use by Toub. Perhaps he could be molded into another Brendon Ayanbadejo, the former captain and three-time Pro Bowl special teams player.

Linebacker Jamar Williams easily led the team in special teams participation but he's drawn some attention the last few weeks for his work on the field in the offseason program. That work will go a long way toward securing a roster spot for Williams, but that's no guarantee given the logjam the club has at the position now.

The Bears' special teams unit was eighth last season in the composite ranking system used by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. That came on the heels of consecutive first-place finishes. It was the team's fourth top-10 finish under Toub, who joined the staff in Lovie Smith's first season in 2004. Much of the reason given for the drop last year was the turnover and loss of Ayanbadejo. Losing special teams players is something that happens every year in every city. It's far too early to tell how the 53-man roster is going to shake out, but Toub figures to be in pretty good shape. The Bears consistently draft linebackers and defensive backs to stock special teams, and having an established system in place breeds familiarity if not success.

Rashied Davis and Brandon Lloyd sat out eight plays each against Tampa Bay on Sunday and it will be interesting to see what happens with Davis' play time Sunday night when Philadelphia comes calling at Soldier Field. Here's a breakdown of the offensive play time:

The numbers vs. Tampa Bay

Wide receivers & Tight ends (74 total snaps)

Marty Booker 25
Mark Bradley 0
Rashied Davis 66
Devin Hester DNP
Brandon Lloyd 66
Desmond Clark 56
Kellen Davis 0
Greg Olsen 43

Cumulative statistics

Wide receivers

Total snaps through 3 games: 196 (does not count spike in Week 1 and kneel down in Week 2)

Earl Bennett DNP, DNP, DNP. Play time percentage: NA

Marty Booker 7/61, 23/61, 25/74. Play time percentage: 28.1 up from 24.6 last week

Mark Bradley DNP, 1/61, DNP. Play time percentage: 0.0 same as 0.0 last week

Rashied Davis 48/61, 49/61, 66/74. Play time percentage: 83.2 up from 79.5 last week

Devin Hester 21/61, 12/61, DNP. Play time percentage: 27.0 same as 27.0 last week

Brandon Lloyd 39/61, 43/61, 66/74. Play time percentage: 75.5 up from 67.2 last week

We've got the breakdown on play time for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and we've crunched the numbers for the entire season.

We'll start with the defensive line and go over the offensive numbers at wide receiver and tight end later on this afternoon.

Defensive tackle Tommie Harris tied with end Adewale Ogunleye for the most action on the line with 67 snaps in the 84 plays the defense was on the field.

That brought Harris' play-time percentage for the season up significantly to 72.7. It is interesting to note that 72.7 is ahead of the rate he played at last season--71 percent.

Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek was on the field less against the Buccaneers and that's probably a function of the fact that Brian Griese passed the ball 67 times more than anything else. That meant more playing time for Israel Idonije.

As coach Lovie Smith said Monday, he wasn't particularly happy with the line, at least when it came to the pressure it generated on Griese. The Bears went without a sack for the first time in 24 regular-season games.

Had an opportunity to go over the play-time statistics from Week 2 and combine them with the numbers from Week 1.

Dusty Dvoracek had the most snaps at tackle with 39, one more than Tommie Harris, and he proved he was deserving by leading the linemen with nine tackles. The player who lost out in the rotation was Israel Idonije. After getting 35 plays at Indianapolis, he fell to 16 and that can be attributed to the fact that the Bears used far less nickel to defend the Panthers than they did Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Mark Anderson's snaps also dipped at Carolina. He was on the field for 34 plays against the Colts and had 19 vs. the Panthers.

As far as the receivers and tight ends go, the only real fluctuation was with Devin Hester and Marty Booker and that's directly related to Hester's rib injury which kept him off the field on offense during the second half. Hester went from 21 to 12 and Booker's play rose from seven to 23. The plan was to get Booker more time though.

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