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  • Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie threw an interception Saturday that was returned 90 yards for a touchdown. "(You) can't throw the ball directly to him," said coach Lovie Smith. "We'd like to have that one back of course."

      Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie threw an interception Saturday that was returned 90 yards for a touchdown. "(You) can't throw the ball directly to him," said coach Lovie Smith. "We'd like to have that one back of course."
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Some things you can overlook. Others things, not so much.

For the second straight game, second-year free safety Major Wright missed a tackle inside the 10-yard line that could have prevented a touchdown Saturday night at Tennessee.

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But Bears coach Lovie Smith was more concerned with his team failing to get a take-away.

"You're going to miss tackles," coach Lovie Smith said. "There are a lot of tackles missed each week, sometimes safeties' (missed tackle) show up a little more.

"As long as Major's missing one tackle, we can live with one tackle missed. But we're still wanting a little bit more production. I thought Major had an opportunity to possibly make a play on one of those long balls. We're not quite there, yet but we will get there."

On the other side of the ball, Smith had no excuse for Caleb Hanie's interception late in the third quarter that was returned 90 yards for a TD.

"That's kind of a bad throw," Smith said. "Whether the receiver's in the wrong or whatever, we can't do that, kind of simple as that.

"I don't know exactly who was at fault, but (you) can't throw the ball directly to him. We'd like to have that one back of course."

Hanie completed nine of 18 passes for 107 yards with a passer rating of 45.4.

Writing on the wall:

While Matt Forte got 17 carries (for 74 yards) and Kahlil Bell had 11 carries (for 48 yards), Chester Taylor didn't play at all, leaving him miffed.

Coach Lovie Smith tried -- unsuccessfully -- to not make it look like a slight to the veteran, who is unlikely to make the final roster.

"That meant that we wanted to take a look at somebody else, in particular Kahlil Bell," Smith said. "Kahlil hasn't gotten an opportunity to play much. We wanted to get a good look at him.

"We were able to, and I think he did a good job of taking advantage of the carries he got."

Bell has 29 preseason carries for 131 yards (4.7-yard average). Taylor has six carries for 10 yards (1.7-yard average).

The sack man:

The Bears had one sack vs. the Titans and have just three in the preseason, all by Amobi Okoye, an unrestricted free agent and former 10th overall pick of the Houston Texans.

"Before the series, I talked to the D-line coach (Mike Phair), and he wanted us to run a (stunt)," Okoye said. "I said, 'OK, cool.' When the opportunity presented itself, I called the (stunt). We ran it perfectly.

"Our DBs did a fantastic job holding them, and I was able to come around."

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