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Audible at the Long Snapper?

| July 28th, 2014

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The Bears have one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. They drafted a booming leg out of Miami to erase the tortured memory of Shank Podlesh. But do they have someone to get the football to them under pressure?

Chad Rempel was meant to be Marc Trestman’s hand-picked-out-of-Canada successor to Pat Mannelly but things have not gone well to this point. Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago Tweeted:

I’ve seen more bad snaps in the last 3 days than I did in the last 15 years.

How often do you hear a coach admit a potential starter is not on the roster as August approaches? Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis did just that. From Rich Campbell:

Sunday’s performances won’t decide the competition, of course, and DeCamillis maintained a zoomed-out view after practice. Neither snapper stood out for negative plays in field goal drills earlier in camp.

“We’ve got to work through the process and find out who our guy is going to be,” he said. “Hopefully he’s on this team right now. He may not be. We’ll have to see. I wouldn’t say concern. I’ve been in this position before with young guys. You’ve just got to work through the process.”

If the Bears eventually are compelled to look outside the organization, the talent available is expected to improve after final cuts on Aug. 30.

It is a position of concern in Chicago for the first time in a decade and a half.

 

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  • Big Mike

    First. Go Bears!

  • Trac

    Exhibit A just for MB, “Long snapper out of Canada”. Where oh where is our long snapper at? Trestman can really screw the pooch sometimes.

  • bearsfantillend

    they brought in the CFL guy. Is the distance for the long snapping for punts and field goals different between the CFL and NFL?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Well, it certainly turned into a MONDAY around here pretty quickly.

  • I would love to hear what Mannelly has to say about him, he’s going to be at training camp today from what Biggs says. Hopefully he can impart some sort of longsnapping wisdom.

  • MB30SD

    Exhibit A for Trac and all y’alls.

    Are we really freaking out about our fucking snapper the, what, 3rd day at camp? Didn’t we bring some dude in a few years ago right in the middle of the season and it was all just fine?

    Here’s my take guys. Who gives a rat’s fuck right now. We’ll be fine. Jeff is obsessed with the kicking game, and that’s fine, but for my money, I’d much rather he do a piece on our LBs and/or safeties – he can talk to our very own sexy sideline reported GP for all the content and details.

    Something, you know, that I give a shit about… and that’s MUCH harder to solve.

    • Ososfan

      Tucker and the Dt’s who were interviewed yesterday mentioned that LB are going to VERY important in this D. A lot of hand placement and violent hand movement. Tucker mentioned that A LOT of players were not using their hands at an NFL type level. Players were shocked to see the tape supposedly. I havent heard much about CornWash, he’s my Joe Anderson boner for the TC.

    • DaBearsBlog

      That guy we brought in mid-season signed a contract in Tampa with Lovie. It’s not an issue until you don’t have a player who can get the football back there. Teams have lost games when their long snapper went down.

      • SC Dave

        Yeah, I’m concerned too. There is something comforting about having a really top-shelf ability to make field goals.
        While Robbie is no doubt an exceptional kicker, there are two other guys very much involved on getting a kick off properly. Two-thirds of that from last year are not on the roster. Podlesh sucked as a punter and had to go, but we need a holder too.

      • MB30SD

        Not saying it’s not a critical position that needs filling, just doesn’t seem like there’s ever a huge problem finding a serviceable guy in the end.

        Plenty more problems ahead of this to worry about that we KNOW are hard to solve in the nfl… like a really solid FS.

        I have faith we’ll get a workable ls during cutdowns that will get the job done… finding a really solid nfl level fs and/or sam lb…. not so easy right?

        • SC Dave

          True enough, MB. But I’ll feel better when it settles out for sure.

          • MB30SD

            agreed maings.

      • Jokey

        I agree, but your Camp Flaccid is showing. (close cousin of the Rule-Violating Camp Boner).

        • MB30SD

          DON’T CLICK THE LINK JOKEY!!!!

          (oh, and well put)

          • Jokey

            All your links are belong to us. I’ve been working from home and clicking them all, we gotta find us more sites like mandatory

          • MB30SD

            Eeeeeeeexcellent!

            So I can’t keep making the Jokey don’t click joke any more? :_ (

    • Big Mike

      Nothing to write about LBs yet. More data needed. After Pre-season game 1.

  • Trac

    Let the games begin! I love meeee some football.

  • Trac

    See MB, Lovie is undergoing a “mans” football practice in Florida as we speak. What say you? Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/28/buccaneers-sweating-it-out-this-training-camp/

    Boy I’m going have fun pulling your chain this year. Le Lekker goodies for Christmas. Hee hee.

    • MB30SD

      sticks and stones hey my china?

      It’s all about the W and L columns and how it all ends up. I don’t doubt his first year will be 8-8 or 9-7 with a near playoff miss. Talk to me in a few years when he’s back staring at the jumbtron.

      • johnnywad

        Ever wonder what he was thinking whilst staring up there? I always thought it was “I can’t believe that didn’t work again.”.

        • MB30SD

    • bearsfantillend

      how many O-linemen are going to be out with heat exhaustion?

    • MB30SD

      Oh, and stupid is as stupid does.

      Lovie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09KL2HUXE6Q

      • Trac

        Lol. Yes, I can see the reason why you used that. Very clever. I really do like the guy though.

        • MB30SD

          No doubt. I’m sure he’s great to have a beer with… I’m sure It’d be a blast to hang out with George dubbya back in the day too… but for god’s sake I didn’t want the fucking guy to be the president of the free world!!!

          Know what I mean?

  • beninnorcal

    ‘Someone told you! Someone told you!’
    -Rempelstiltskin

    Hopefully he pulls his shit together.

  • MB30SD
    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Good Shite. I’ve been known to give fake pop quizzes on April Fools day. And on finals day I wear a shirt with Darth Vader’s face and the words “Who’s Your Daddy?”

      • MB30SD

        I figured you pulled some of this shit already just knowing you (a little).

        Well done. always great to have cool teachers.

  • MB30SD

    Hmmmm… maybe it’s going to be williams and not wilson?

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Adam was on Williams before anyone. RT @adamjahns: Chris Williams keeps making plays every day. Proving to be much more than a returner…

    Also, we just added a vet OL piece: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-sign-OL-Gandy-waive-DE-Merrell/7d251c30-57e6-4e0c-93db-d7362912e1be

    • IMO Williams is a perfectly suited WR4. He’s dangerous and defenses have to respect his deep speed, but you only want him in on obvious passing plays because he’s too small to be anything resembling an effective run blocker.

      Basically Devin Hester with better hands. I still think Hester was solid as a WR4 in the early parts of 2012. He made basically one big play per game for 4-5 games before being forced into a bigger role due to injuries to Alshon and Earl.

      The problem is you need a WR behind him on the depth chart you’re comfortable with stepping up as one of the top 3 if one of those guys gets hurt. For the Bears, I think that’s Morgan. Perfect situation there.

      • MB30SD

        I don’t know enough about any of them to make a judgement call. thanks for posting.

        How was the vaca?

        • still on vaca. Was in Michigan with my family last week. Now going to Orlando with just my wife tomorrow (probably today by the time you read this). Will be completely off the grid (maybe checking Twitter a little for updates tho) until next Monday.

      • Big Mike

        Looks like Hester is competing for WR 4 in Atlanta.

        • MB30SD

          BAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • Big Mike

            He’ll do fine there. Don’t be a hater.

          • MB30SD

            If he doesn’t quit on ’em.

            I got’s zero respect for that dude… and couldnt give a smaller fuck if I was a midget about how he does mike. Good or bad.

          • Big Mike

            I believe in second chances. Hester’s simply a very immature, not exceptionally intelligent guy. His touchdown returns, have earned him a mulligan in my book. I hope he does well. I have a thing about following up on former Bears. Carimi, got in a scuffle yesterday, Chris Williams is locked in to start at Guard for the Bills and J’Marcus is trying to make the team in KC.

          • MB30SD

            Coolio. I wished him the best, then poof… he was gone from my collective conscious so that I may focus on the Chicago Bears and our current players and season… until he comes back to retire as a bear.

            Good for you though… to each his own.

            Oh, and good luck with that webb you turd. (williams and carimi I will def pull for… never got why we canned williams after he had a really strong year at guard.)

  • MB30SD
    • Big Mike

      Haven’t heard anything about A. Wilson from camp other than he looked slow. Sorry, Don’t remember where I saw that.

      • CanadaBear

        Matt Bowen wrote he looked slow. First negative thing I’ve read about him. Since Bowen used to be a safety, that certainly threw a wet blanket on my optimism.

        • Big Mike

          Thanks Canada, yeah I had the same reaction. Article said wouldn’t see his value until pre-season game because of his physicality. Could be he turns it on later, hope so.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know… as a SS you don’t need to be a burner. Especially if they are going to being him in mostly in run support packages. Dude’s a beast, so as long as he’s not totally last year lach slow, I think we’ll be ok.

          • CanadaBear

            The coaches are always saying the safeties are interchangeable in their system. Hmmm…

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, I know… but we haven’t seen what that system is this year… it’s totally new right?

            Also, if the guy is a total stud, but has just lost a lot off the top end, they may create something that fits him. I would if that was the scenario and I was DC. The guy is a massive badass if he can still move even reasonably.

  • Shady

    I guess Alshon left practice with a sore foot, eh? Please handle with care.

  • Just added “badonkadonk” to my cell’s vocab. That is all…

    • MB30SD

      It wasn’t before?? Based on that pic you texted me, I would have guessed yes. Hahaha!

      BTW, $ sent me a pic of himself everyone. Not at ALL what I expected. I didn’t know he looked EXACTLY like a young dolph lungren!?!?!

      • She does have a bodonkadonk. How do you say that in Russian?

        • MB30SD

          Da!

          (but I was speaking more to the general tone of the pic, not so much the participants. the tone of that photo was… bodonkadonk)

  • MB30SD

    As an on-going public service, I try my best not only to debate my positions, but also teach and inform.

    Please watch the following material, it may save your life (or your bunny’s life) one day. Especially young single guys like shady, $, who else?

    Anyway, please do watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKWmFWRVLlU

    • Trac

      Priceless. I just gave my Son the tutorial. Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        well done. I pretty much find it to be 100% spot on.

        • Trac

          My sons 14 and he totally got it. enough said!

          • MB30SD

            smfh.

            what is it with weemangses… they are all so fucking crazy. Jesus, why can’t one or two just be normal. I want a fucking unicorn for xmaskahha.

          • Trac

            It’s in THE BOOK my mans. By the way, my wife is 100% in agreement with this when her hormones aren’t acting up. Hahaha.

          • MB30SD

            exactly.

            also, for me, that’s on my crazy bullet list. hahaha

          • Trac

            Interesting. My Pastor is Jewish. Go figure. I always kid him when people ask him about it. I tell them that he’s not really a Jew because he’s from Samaria. Hee hee.

          • MB30SD

            both great guys. Just had breakfast with one this weekend. He was the guy I played ball with in HS and became a Packer. Such a good man. The other guy I played ball with in college. he was a dirty player in college (sorry, I meant playa). He got more poonany than a cat shelter. His mom always was born again… we had some great discussions and every year she’d send me a super Xtian book for xmas. Always made me laugh my ass off, but we loved each other, she is a great lady.

            Just because I don’t agree with their religious beliefs doesn’t mean I still can’t love them. I’m open like that… not like, some oooother people we know.

            Know what I mean? eh govnah? Hahahahahaha

          • Trac

            You crazy. Lol

          • MB30SD

            Eccentric?

          • MB30SD

            Jews for jesus… bunch of fucking charlatans. Hahahaha

    • I can sum up my advice in 2 mins…

      http://youtu.be/AloNERbBXcc

  • MB30SD

    hey Al, the downside of GoPro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5CTFTjgleA

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      100 years ago today, Austro-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Within days, Europe cast itself into an abyss from which has never really ascended.

      Madness, all of it.

      Reading Max Hastings’ “Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War”, as it seemed a timely read. What I did not know before were the many atrocities were committed against non-combatants in the first days of the war.

      • MB30SD

        true, but their wine and cheese (and cars, fashion, women, etc… ) are the fucking best. Wait… Hahaha

        I think that’s how we should determine global strength… show us your finest meats, wines, and cheeses!!!

        • Cormonster

          Wisconsin produces over 600 varieties of cheese and almost 3 billion pounds a year. California definitely produces the best wine in the world.

          • MB30SD

            I didn’t say QUANTITY mate.

            Cali DEF and CERTAINLY does NOT my maings. I can tell you that with assurity.

          • Cormonster

            In most cases, the $15 bottle of a good California wine is way better than a $30-50 bottle of French or Italian wine. Just my opinion.

            Wisconsin does make some of the best artisan cheeses in the world, besides the Kraft and big consumer shit.

          • For your consideration….

            give me some Brat Stop and some New Glarus and i’m a happy man. I’ll make sheboygan style brats and new glarus my new gameday food when we hate stomp the Packers this year

          • Cormonster

            My favorite brats are during Oktoberfest in La Crosse. New Glarus has some good beers. A local brewery, Pearl St Brewery, makes some good beers. One of their limited releases was called Smokin’ Hemp Porter. Downtown Brown is my favorite of their brands.

          • CanadaBear

            Hey johnny, I see you’re posting comments on the Trib. Well done!

      • AlbertInTucson

        When they finally mortally wounded the Archduke (and his wife for good measure), It was like, the THIRD attempt on the his life. The third THAT DAY!

        • GPLDAN

          He must have felt like Tony Eason.

  • For your consideration….

    “What should have been a touchdown to Martellus Bennett
    from Jay Cutler during a red-zone drill instead became a breakup by
    linebacker Jonathan Bostic.Bennett and Cutler refused to let it go. So
    after practice, the two stood in the end zone discussing ways they could
    be more effective in the red zone as the rest of the team walked off
    the field.”

    Boom.

  • Shady

    “At 33, with 11 seasons with the Bears taking a toll, Briggs is determined to return with a bang. He’s happy to be a mentor to Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene and other young linebackers, but he doesn’t want to become a linebacker emeritus. He doesn’t want to be a complementary part of a rebuilt machine; he wants to be Lance Briggs.

    ‘I want to be a playmaker in this league,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘I love this game. I love being able to play at a high level. I want to excel. There’s no doubt in my mind I can do that. Last year, before I got hurt [with a shoulder injury], I was probably doing better numbers than I have ever. My goal is to do whatever I can to help us win.'”

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/28924432-419/optimistic-lance-briggs-wants-to-retire-in-bears-uniform.html#.U9cM8la19Fx

    Lance and the defense were in fact playing well to begin the season. Turnovers rained down like sweet gumdrops from candy cloud and touchdowns were being scored with unrelenting thrusts to the face.

    Ahhh yes, the good old defense we were all familiar with. And then Melton went down. Collins went down. Williams went down. Peanut broke down. Briggs broke down. And then the defense collapsed into itself in a horribly historic fashion.

    But before the darkness there was light. Light that now gives hope. Hope that perhaps THIS season the defense can once again dance in the land of sugarplum gumdrops and facial pelvic thurstings and regain their rightful glory.

    • Big Mike

      Not really. After 4 games the Bears were 3-1 but they had given up 28.5 points per game and 384 yards per game.

      • Shady

        Before losing Melton, the Bears forced 11 turnovers and scored 3 defensive touchdowns in their first three games. (There was also a fumble return TD and kickoff return TD that the D had nothing to do with.) But that was pretty much their identity: forcing turnovers and scoring points. It all changed when the injuries kept hitting where it hurt.

        • Big Mike

          So, in my opinion as fun as the turnovers and points were, I really don’t think it was sustainable. Had the Bears defense stayed healthy, I suspect it was an average group. I mean MN put up 30 on the Bears. No doubt injuries caused the Bears Defense to fall apart. But lets not kid ourselves into thinking that was a top 5 defense.

          • Shady

            Minny only put up 16 on the D. Patterson returned the kickoff and Brian Robison scored on a fble return.

            Top 5 no, but top 10 maybe and certainly top 15 had they not been decimated by injuries. Now is the time of the season for unbridled optimism, so just buy what I’m selling here Mike.

          • Big Mike

            I forgot how they scored. I’d say 10-15 is where they would have been. Top 10 seems like a stretch.

            I’m buying it for this year. This defense lines up with talent and depth. It has top 10 potential in it. It’s a real domino effect in my opinion. If the defense gets a couple early three and outs, the offense gets more chances to click and put up points. Which puts the defense in an even better position. The problem was last year, the defense couldn’t get off the field and gave up soul crushing 80+ yard drives that killed 7-8 minutes. Even when they held the opponent to a field goal, the offense got fewer touches.

            My unbridled optimism calls for early three and outs, 3-4 chances with the ball in the first quarter and the chance to bury teams. Then the depth and athleticism puts lets the pass rushers go mad.

  • Cormonster

    If anyone cares to listen, here are the podcasts with Mannelly today on the score.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/the-mcneil-and-spiegel-show/

  • MB30SD

    Hahahaha… foreshadowing?

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    New Thread

  • AlbertInTucson

    Are we all enjoying the crap storm raining on Stephan A. Smith’s parade?

    http://www.aol.com/article/2014/07/28/stephen-a-smith-issues-apology-for-rant/20937976/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing6%7Cdl38%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D508164

    “Most Egregious Error of My Career” ???

    Huh?

    There’s a LOT of competition for THAT distinction. Mr. Smith

    Let’s settle on “The LATEST Most Egregious Error of My Career”, Stephan.

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