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Bowman, Bowman, Bowman & More

| August 4th, 2009

If ESPN (as a whole) allows Jeff Dickerson of ESPN (Chicago) to be their lead man when it comes to Chicago Bears coverage, we may actually get some balanced and detailed football reporting from the Worldwide Leader.  Dickerson is my favorite thing going right now.  Here are some excerpts from his News & Notes with my commentary…

Things got chippy Tuesday. Guard Tyler Reed had a dust up with defensive end Mark Anderson during line drills. Later, cornerback Zack Bowman squared off with receiver Earl Bennett near the goal line.

“It’s just a matter of time before tempers flare up a little
bit,” head coach Lovie Smith said. “No damage done. I tell guys if you
get into a fight, just fight like you would fight your brother and go
from there.”

Bowman continues to make the most of his opportunity. The cornerback picked off a Jay Cutler pass in the back of the end zone.

Cornerback Nathan Vasher got beat deep by Hester and Bennett.

Apparently Zack Bowman’s interception against the Vikings a year ago won’t be his only chance to make an impact on the Bears defense.  Every indication from training camp is that Nate Vasher is getting beat up and down the field while Bowman is vying for “Player of the Summer” honors.  Assuming Peanut Tillman is healthy for Green Bay on the 13th, it doesn’t seem we’re far from making Bowman the presumptive favorite to start on the other side of the field.

And in one sentence or less…

Linebacker Brian Urlacher leapt in the air and intercepted an errant Jay Cutler throw during 7 on 7.

Pussy.

Overall, Cutler was on fire, zipping in a fastball to tight end Greg Olsen in a red zone drill.

Soon to be the most dynamic red zone combination in the sport.

The Bears broke out the Wildcat or “‘Cane” formation with receiver Devin Hester attempting a pass that fell short and incomplete. Hester also took a pitch from Cutler out of an option like formation.

I have the sneaking suspicion this is going to be the play that has fans screaming “Enough!” by mid-season.

Marinelli
officially calls the defensive linemen “rush men.” He even had the
label changed on the bag of practice footballs to read “rush men.”

I’ve never seen so much emphasis on a position coach in camp…ever.

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