The Cleveland Browns conclude the 2013 preseason against a familiar foe in the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field Thursday night.
Under coach Rob Chudzinski, the Browns have gone 2-0 against NFC competition, and 1-0 against NFC North Division teams this preseason. Overall, the Browns are 16-12 all-time against the Bears in the preseason, and 7-6 in road games. Chicago won the last meeting, 28-20, in Cleveland on Aug. 30, 2012.
This year’s game will mark the 10th straight year in which the Browns and Bears have finished the preseason against each other. Later in the year, the Browns will end the home portion of the 2013 regular season against the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium on Dec. 15.
Last year, despite the Browns scoring 10 fourth-quarter points, a second half surge of defensive and special-teams scores paced the Bears to a 28-20 victory.
Aubrey is among the Browns’ preseason leaders with 10 tackles, including six solo stops and four assists.
In a win over the Lions, Richardson played in two series, and rushed for a game-high 33 yards, including a long run of 17 yards, on six carries. He followed up that performance with 31 yards on seven carries against the Indianapolis Colts.
Last year, Richardson was a catalyst for the Browns’ offense, as his 950 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 267 carries, 12 total touchdowns, 72 points scored, and 1,317 scrimmage yards eclipsed the franchise’s previous marks for rookies, while the three 100-yard rushing games equaled the record set by William Green in the 2002 season.
As a rookie in 2012, Cooper caught eight passes for 106 yards, and his first four receptions, all of which came in a loss at Indianapolis, resulted in Browns first downs.
Bears running back Michael Ford. Ford has been a duel-threat option for the Bears this preseason. In addition to his 43 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries -- all of which lead the team -- Ford has hauled in a preseason-best five receptions for 38 yards.
Ford has also been an impact player on special teams, returning four kickoffs for 185 yards, including a 100-yarder.
Nose tackle Nate Collins. Collins leads the Bears with seven total tackles, including six solo stops, and two sacks in three preseason games.
Linebacker Jon Bostic. The rookie inside linebacker out of the University of Florida registered four total tackles, including three solo stops during the preseason. He also returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in his first-ever NFL preseason game.
The Browns begin the 2013 regular season next Sunday, Sept. 8, against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bears kickoff their regular-season schedule with a meeting against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field.
Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was an assistant special teams coach for the Bears from 2008-10.
Browns tight end
Browns defensive line coach Joe Cullen served as the University of Illinois’ defensive assistant in 2005.
Browns offensive line coach Mike Sullivan is a native of Chicago.
Bears coach Marc Trestman served as the Browns’ quarterbacks coach in 1988. He was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 1989, and mentored quarterback Bernie Kosar, whom he also coached at the University of Miami.
Chicago defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, an Ohio native, was the Browns’ defensive backs coach from 2005-07 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2008. During Tucker’s tenure in Cleveland, the Browns ranked fifth in the league with 73 interceptions. He also coached at The Ohio State University from 2001-04.
Chicago defensive backs coach Jon Hoke is from Kettering, Ohio, and coached Kent State’s defensive backs from 1989-93, while assistant offensive line coach Pat Meyer was a four-year starter at Girard High School in Eastern Ohio, and also participated in wrestling, basketball, baseball and track.
Bears linebacker/special teams contributor Blake Costanzo registered 21 total tackles and two forced fumbles in 26 games with the Browns from 2009-2010.
Fans can watch Thursday’s game at 8:00 p.m./ET on local NBC affiliate, WKYC-TV 3. Jim Donovan, former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, and sideline reporter Dave Chudowsky will be on the call.
The game is also available along the Browns Radio Network with Michael Reghi, Doug Dieken, and Jamir Howerton on the call. All radio broadcasts will be streamed live at ClevelandBrowns.com.
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