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Biggest Expectation for the 2014 Bears: Progress

| August 29th, 2014

ducky

These things are called duckies.

When a city boy is going whitewater rafting in the Rocky Mountains he expects to be in a large raft with several other individuals and have minimal influence on the proceedings. Sure he’s happy to drop a well-timed refrain of Pocahontas’ Just Around the River Bend or lightly tap somebody on the ass with his oar. But he really doesn’t want a major role in the maneuvering of the watercraft.

Not in a ducky. A ducky, pictured above, is more an inflatable kayak. I piloted one of these devices, if you’d like to call what I did piloting, down the Roaring Fork Valley. Because I was terrible at this and managed to hit every rock available for contact, I spent much of my journey with the kayaked guide at the rear of the field. (If this were a race I would have been the guy receiving thunderous applause for merely finishing.) The guide, called Ryan because everybody in the Aspen area seemed to be named Ryan, was a die hard Denver Broncos fan. We had time to speak.

The Denver Broncos broke offensive records a year ago. They were the most exciting team in the sport by a significant margin. They won the AFC seemingly uncontested. Then they botched a snap in front of the world’s largest television audience and the happiness kite drifted from the young child’s hand into the cloud-lined sky, never to be seen again. To hear this shaggy marijuana machine in a kayak talk of his beloved team’s 2013 campaign, you’d think they shamed the state of Colorado and all members of the Elway family with a 3-13 record.

They finished second in the NFL. Better than thirty other franchises. Only worse than one. And that’s the harsh reality of the NFL. Only one team, only one city, only one fan base leaves the season firmly satisfied. Nobody derides the club that loses the World Series or Stanley Cup Finals or NBA Finals (unless LeBron James is on that team). They give large trophies to the runners-up at golf and tennis major championships and grand slams. Supporters of the English Premiere League’s second-place side don’t pout in kayaks.

The loneliest loser in all of professional sports is the team failing on Super Bowl Sunday. So how does one set fair expectations for an NFL season?

Woody Allen joked a relationship is like a shark. It has to be constantly moving forward or it dies. The same could be said for an NFL program. It has to be in a constant state of progress or it will plateau, be passed by the league and ultimately end in a sea of firings.

Moving forward, progress, is the name of the game and one can set expectations for a season by laying out the landmarks of progress. For the 2014 Chicago Bears those landmarks are pretty clear but let’s take a moment to single out one element at each level of the Bears organization.

OFFENSE

  • Just peruse the offensive statistical categories from 2013 and you’ll realize it is difficult to find much to complain about when it comes to the Bears. They are essentially top ten in the league in everything. But there is one glaring element keeping them from elite status – third wide receiver. Marshall and Jeffery accounted for 189 catches in 2013. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker caught 179 balls. The remaining Bears wide receivers had 35 TOTAL catches. Wes Welker had 73. If the Bears want to be a transcendent offense that can overcome almost all defensive issues they will need to find production from a third option on the outside.

DEFENSE

  • Let’s call the one thing they need to do basic improvement. The Bears were dead last in run defense, nearly thirty yards per game worse than the 31st ranked team a year ago. The Bears were tied for dead last in sacks, nearly thirty sacks behind top-ranked Carolina. If you were to ask Bill Belichick what the two most important elements of a good defense are he would most likely answer stopping the run and rushing the passer. If the Bears can manage to get both of these rankings into the teens (or heck, even low 20s) they will be able to go into the 2015 off-season needing only to fill the few remaining holes on the defensive unit.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • I think it would be silly to assume the Bears are going to find a dynamic kick returner on the summer free agency pile. (Chris Williams is a still a strong possibility to have a successful year but trusting a speed threat’s weak hamstring to recover is not advisable.) What the Bears must improve in 2014 is opponent field position with the two-headed monster of Pat O’Donnell improving on the worst punt game since the dawn of man and Robbie Gould / Joe D’s coverage groups limiting return opportunities/success.

COACHING

  • It is perhaps the last BIG ticket question the Bears must answer. Is Mel Tucker the right man to lead the defense as Trestman elevates the offense to new organizational heights? This year must provide that answer as Tucker will now be out from the shadow of Lovie’s system/play calls/locker room and allowed to run schemes of his own choosing with a rebuilt, dynamic collection of position coaches. How will Tucker use athletes like McClellin and Bostic? How will be manufacture pressure? How will he adjust in-game? How will he compensate for a lack of talent at the back end of the secondary? Tucker has been given a collection of new toys but his job is nowhere near easy.

The Bears need a winning record. They need an appearance in the postseason. That would prove the work done by Emery and Trestman is allowing the organization to progress. Winning a playoff game would prove the Bears are on an accelerated path to contending for championships.

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  • Great article.
    I think the main progress on offense this year is depth. Injuries will hit moreso than they did last year-it’s pretty much statistically impossible for them not to-but they’re better prepared for them everywhere but QB this year.
    On D, the main progress is on the DL. Though it would be great to see the young LBs progress too.

    • Scharfinator

      I think we would be hardpressed with an injury to Forte as well – but overall, I also like our depth.

  • BTW, I am on record as saying their run defense (yards per carry) and pass rush (sacks) will both be in the top 10 this year.

    But I worry their pass D will give up big plays over the middle of the field when they don’t get home on the pass rush and what I expect to be frequent blitzes.

    • NewBearInTown

      Tucker likes to blitz a lot more than Lovie. But I make that observation after a year with a very weak defensive line. With the monsters we installed over the off-season, we could a return to the (rush 4) mentality in favor of getting extra bodies on coverage duty.
      Safety play is the key. Barring another catastrophe at DT, our run defense will improve. But the coverage game only gets better if the safeties get better. Tucker needs to show he can be a great teacher, because Emery will for sure be bringing in more rookies next year.

      • I think we’ll see a fair amount of blitzes from the LBs. Shea, Bostic, and Williams are all pretty good at it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “BTW, I am on record as saying their run defense (yards per carry) and pass rush (sacks) will both be in the top 10 this year. ”

      Bold prediction. Here’s hoping you are even CLOSE to correct.

      • their DL went from the worst in the NFL to one of the best this offseason. Quietly had an excellent preseason despite Jared Allen barely playing. Plus I expect this D to blitz a lot, which leads to a lot of sacks (and giving up a lot of big plays, just ask GB).

  • for anybody interested, here’s how the Bears’ starters did in the preseason: http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/08/29/starters-in-the-preseason/

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Jeff…”If you were to ask Bill Belichick what the two most important elements of a good defense are he would most likely answer stopping the run and rushing the passer. ”

    If I were to ask a monkey sniffing it’s own butt finger what made for a good defense, you would get the same answer 9 times out of 10. The 10th time, it would fall out of the tree.
    Dude.

  • Trac

    I wish theatre types would find a different name to drop than Woody Allen. Sigh.

    • MB30SD

      cant tell you how much I can’t stand that little weasel

      • anti-semite.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Anti-Pedophile.

          • that’s a good thing where i’m from.

        • He hates jewish stereotypes, so he’s a self-hating jew, which in itself is a stereotype…
          MindBlown.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t hate the actions, I hate them being perpetuated. So I’m the opposite?

            So mean to me.

          • it’s getting harder and harder to avoid being a stereotype. i, for one, dislike IPAs. that goes against the stereotype of brooklyn boys with mustaches. but if you dig a little deeper, you see that brooklyn boys with mustaches are supposed to rail against the things they’re supposed to support. so by avoiding one stereotype, i dive headlong into the next.

            life. am i right?

  • Shady

    Excellent piece.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    I’m not worried about the 3rd WR. Holmes is our 3rd option and he looked good yesterday. Between Morgan/Holmes/Wilson we have options galore. I’m comfortable with all of them.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    We’ll get a good test early in the season, the first 5 weeks will be a great indicator where our rush D is. We play 5 of the top 11 rushing offenses from last year.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/rushing

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Yep. I like the rebuilt DL. Go Bears!

    • the run D was quietly very good this preseason. Can they keep it up?

      • For your consideration….

        i’m dead posting like Irish. I like Willie Young on the run defense a lot.

  • The SB in many ways reflects ‘Murica.

    Winners

    http://dailyoftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/tumblr_mhog2dM8MA1qj3nnqo1_500.gif

    Losers…

    http://i.imgur.com/zbDb2po.gif

    Like the disappearance of the middle class, no middle ground.

    My step-dad is a huge Broncos fan (Grew up in Colorado). When we were watching the SB, you know, the friends, family, etc, he was genuinely embarrassed. He almost seemed apologetic, like “Sorry for ruining your SB.” The SB is so over-hyped and watched by every consumerist, that if you flop on that stage, well, it’s not like flopping in “Waiting for Godot” at your local Community College.

    • Trac

      Whats up with the FF league. How did I get a team drafted? I also see you have McCown and Johhny Shitbird, hee hee.

      • That was the PUBLIC league I said I cancelled. I sent out an email to all the members AND posted on that league that it was closed, only I couldn’t close it because it was “Public”.

        That’s why the Private league is still gonna happen. You sent me two emails. If you want, I’ll invite you to that one again, but I gotta get TWO guys.

        Scharfinator said he would join, so if Shcarfinator and you join by Mon, it’s all good. It’s a clone league, except all DBBers (and not randome ESPN schmucks).

        The draft for that is tentatively Tues at 9:30Est Sep 2.

        Let me know. It should be a blast.

        • Trac

          Meh, I’m out, I prefer Snake draft. Auction aint my cup o tea.

      • oh, scharf already sent me his email, so if you want, I’ll send you the invite to the private league, and it’s on!

  • CanadaBear

    Good job Jeff. I did the rubber ducky in Durango about 20 years ago. Lots of fun.

  • Sactowns#1

    Love me some rafting. My buddies and I have been hitting the south fork of the American since high school. Always a good time.

    • tobijohn

      If one could raft on a waterproof, climate controlled sofa, I’d be all over it…

      • AlbertInTucson

        My definition of “Roughing It”: Black and White TV.

        • tobijohn

          Don’t get me wrong, I love nature. Just as long as I’m viewing it through the living room window…

          • MB30SD

            Wow, really you guys?

          • tobijohn

            I always enjoyed those scenic postcards…

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… TJ!!

            Sorry about the cat hate lately. In all fairness, I came into the relationship with me ex when she had two brother tabbies. I actually ended up loving the one that survived. He was a cool cat. That said, given the choice….

          • tobijohn

            Didn’t notice any cat hate but I haven’t been around as much. Too busy buying electric guitars and amps (I’m up to 15/4). One of these days, I actually have to start playing them.
            I’m not a crazy cat lover per se but what am I gonna do? When people incredulously go “You have eight cats!” I reply, “No, I was left with eight cats.” I’ve got to admit though, the little f’ers grow on you after a while….

          • Yeah, one of my best buds rescued a cat.
            Or I should say, his ex-gf rescued the cat, and now he’s stuck with the cat.
            The cat’s OK. But she mostly sits by the window sill or in boxes and such. Won’t even come over when called. Only time she meows is when she’s hungry. Kinda aloof. I know all cats are different, but still, gotta love doggies more.

          • tobijohn

            Yeah, cats can be that way. I wouldn’t mind a dog but I’ve got to admit, cats are pretty low maintenance. Now if I could only find a woman like that. Some might initially appear to be that way but eventually well, you know…

          • Cats are clean, give ’em that. Then again, they tend to scratch everything, couches, rugs, etc. My sis had a cat for like 16 years, and the cat was more affectionate than my pal’s.
            haha, like women, some can be ice cold.
            Speaking of craziness, you sitting out Fantasy Football this season Tobster? Trying to get one more into the auction (if you haven’t ran across my spam).
            Let me know if you’re interested.

          • tobijohn

            If you just need someone who’s the equivalent of Jacksonville that everyone else can count on as a win, sign me up, although I’m getting a little tired of being a punching bag. When’s the draft?

          • draft is on Sep 2, Tues, 9:30 EST.
            You did well Tobster. I think I played you like 3 times, and they were all close. Plus, it’s a crazy league. 2QB, 1Punter, scores galore on specials/defense, so it’s hard to really plan for, which should equalize everything.
            Send me your email here, or send it to mine:
            toxicgnosis@gmail.com

          • tobijohn

            Oh great, not that again. It was like playing five card stud with 2s and 9s wild. I should know better but email sent…

          • Cool. Invite sent. Be there or be square.
            Let me know if you didn’t receive anything.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh yes, really. Last time I went camping: 1958.

            Times camps as an adult: Zero.

          • tobijohn

            Once as an adult. That was enough….

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I’ve done the calculations and I estimate that I’ve camped a full year of my life. Including a whole summer in Alaska with just me and my (now deceased) little dog. Y’all are missing out.

          • Cormonster

            That’s a lot of camping Doc. I’ve probably camped about half that amount. I would love to camp out west sometime, but not possible with my job.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Come on out in the offseason, Cor. We’ll do some snow camping at some hot springs I know.

          • Cormonster

            That sounds fun. I’ve camped in the snow a few times, even sleeping outside a few times (huge bonfire). I really want to ski out west for a week this winter. Missed the last two (only skiing locally). If I can pull off a couple trips, I might take you up on the offer.

          • MB30SD

            AWESOME! Well done!

            Doc, come down this fall, some of the boys and I goin’ campin’, fishun’, hikin’, MTBin’, etc… (maybe even some shootin’ if we can).

          • MB30SD

            Wow al. I’m with doc.

          • AlbertInTucson

            You two enjoy the tent. I’ll be down the road at the Holiday Inn.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Yeah. wow really you guys? Take me out of nature, and I might as well be dead.

          • tobijohn

            Put me in nature and I am dead…

  • RenoBear

    Sooo the 49ers are currently installing their 3rd (!!!) field. Seriously, how on earth is their sod not taking proper root?? EVERRRRYTHING grows in northern Cal… I have a terrible feeling about going there in week two, and it sure as hell ain’t the 49ers I’m worried about…. Their groundskeepers make Soldiers’ look like rockstars..

    • AlbertInTucson

      Cause for concern?

      Yes.

      When I think of crappy playing surfaces the first thing I see is Wendell davis’ Career going down the toilet on that POS turf in Philadelphia.

      NFL Radio was surmising that’s one of the reasons the 49ers have looked so tepid to date. They are more concerned about just getting off of their flawed turf without getting hurt.

      The NFL hurt them today slapping Aldon Smith with consecutive 4 and 5 game suspensions.

      No return date set for Navarro Bowman yet.

      Boone still holding out on their offensive line.

      3 new members in their starting defensive backfield.

      They better HOPE it’s the turf.

      • CanadaBear

        That was brutal when Wendell caught his cleats in the seam. Wrecked both knees at the same time.

        • AlbertInTucson

          His wife was an attorney. I believe she sued and won some money over that. The field at The Vet was an atrocity.

          • CanadaBear

            He deserved whatever he got. He was becoming a good WR when that happened.

      • DaBearsBlog

        When Kaepernick didn’t suit up for their preseason finale, I was pretty sure the only people concerned about the Niners are outside their building.

    • whoa whoa whoa…when it comes to field fuck up, Soldier Field is like the Champagne of ill (see what I did there?)
      I remember one game when there appeared to be rebar sticking out of the field. I think Urlacher spotted it. It could have literally imapaled someone’s nuts.
      So let’s not start crowning SF.
      Washington is the other traditional field losers, or was it the Eagles? I forget.

  • Scharfinator

    Bills sign Orton. We will have to welcome him back to Chicago.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Don’t understand why he was still available.

      • DaBearsBlog

        He was available by choice. Didn’t want to go to training camp, waste time in preseason games. Then he handpicked the location where he’d have best chance to start.

        • Bobby Douglass

          And Orton will start by week 2. EJ blows my granny’s tube socks.

  • RenoBear

    Why in theeee hell would Orton sign with the Bills? Nobody goes to Buffalo by choice… unless it’s to visit family, and even that is debatable

  • AlbertInTucson

    I am really enjoying the crapstorm engulfing ESPN over the Josina Anderson/Michael Sam “Showergate Story”.

    “ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report(They leave out the fact there there was nothing to “report” on). Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards (There’s a shocker. Who knew ESPN had “Standards”?) we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”

    They even called Jeff Fisher to apologize personally but Fisher’ss basically told them to go pound sand up their butt.

    Kudos to Ram Chris Long for his tweet: “Dear ESPN: Everyone is over it except you.”

    • DaBearsBlog

      ESPN has so much power, so much influence. I just wish it was a great network.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Power corrupts.” ESPN has been full of itself for a long time now.

  • MB30SD

    http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/08/29/brett-hundley-ucla-bruins

    I went to a UC school in norcal… my bro went to UCLA. I visited often and always wanted to go, but I didnt have a 4.4 with a bunch of math club and science club credits on my transcript. I also wasn’t big/fast enough to play for UCLA football (I could have walked on and tried, but I had to get in first)

    … oh, and I’m not asian, so I didn’t get in with my B+/A- average (yes, I’m still a little butthurt and bitter). Aaaaanyway, always loved UCLA football. Pretty fired up they’re good again after so long. Mora’s done an amazing job there. So good.

    Oh, and fuck SC

    • Cormonster

      UCLA was a much better team last year (they actually had a good defense), but I was surprised to see them ranked so high to start the season. It’s been quite a while since I remember them being in the top 10. Pac 12 looks stacked this year. Should be a lot of good conference games.

  • AlbertInTucson

    My one and only Fantasy Draft is in less than 2 hours.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Picked 7th in an 8 team league. We will defend our championship led by Peyton Manning and Jimmy Graham. The Bears are represented on my team by Alshon Jeffery.

  • Speaking of fantasy, FF Update
    Scharfinator wants to join, but Trac dropped out cuz he prefers snake over auction drafts, which is akin to preferring a buffet over an 8-course meal, but to each his own.
    So, still need ONE FF player draft is on Tues, Sep 2nd, 9:30EST.
    Anyone who wants to join, send me email for invite.
    Have a good one.

    • FF Alert, Scharf and Tobster should be in, so the league is now officially closed and includes:
      GP, Artoo, Johhny, Shady, Ender, MBP, Sac, Frank, Tobster, NBIT, Scharf and Moi.

      Remember, AUCTION draft, Sep 2nd, 9:30PM EST.

      Game. Blouses.

      No more spamming. Keep Calm and Carry On…

  • Like I said, lots of decent HBs released. For our purposes, Seastrunk might be intriguing because I think he’s a decent returner, though we might use some sort of committee approach to that.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    Jeff, where do you see that Ebren Britton has been released? I’m fairly surprised at that one.

  • So, PS games don’t matter, eh?

    “UDFA RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 13 times for 102 yards with a touchdown in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Bears.”

    In corresponding news, the Browns released HBs Obonnaya and Dion Lewis.
    My guess is, lots of these moves are being made today on the back end of most rosters across the league.

    My guess is, Britton Package is no more because Leno/Ola PS games (more than practices) proved it expendable.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Where are the up to date cuts at?

      • there’s a bunch on here

        http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/

        I would scroll down to the team/bears page, but I did see that Britton got released.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Thanks.

          • Or, go straight to the source. This might be better, Frank.

            https://twitter.com/BradBiggs

          • MB30SD

            didnt a bunch of you want Al Louis-Jean to make the team?

          • I thought he made plays when given the chance, but maybe he wasn’t much of a special teamer. McManis was a maniac at that. Hurst, well, we need someone back there.

          • Cormonster

            I believe Hurst was on the practice squad all of last year, so they must like something about him. I’m sure Louis-Jean gets signed to it this year, unless someone else snags him.

          • MB30SD

            McManis was always around the ball this preseason. Every time he was in, he was around the ball.

    • Ogbonnya might actually be someone Trestman likes. Here’s what a Brown fan said.

      “Big surprise actually. . He has a carreer 4.5 ypc.. and he’s solid in
      pass protection. He also plays both RB and FB.. and he has solid
      hands..

      He was a real trooper. Sad to see him go. He should be scooped up by someone”

    • Big Mike

      I don’t think I’ve ever questioned that they matter to players. But how much better will Cleveland be because they have Crowell and not the other 2 guys? I argue no impact at all, except Crowell is cheaper?

      • More “upside”. Ogbonnya was a solid around back. He’ll definitely be picked (maybe by us). but you never know. Arian Foster was once a late round/UFDA back who seemingly came out of nowhere.
        These back end moves (thats’ what she said!) don’t typically work out, but sometimes the gambles pay off.

  • Per Biggsy Tweet:

    Personnel man in one city tells me #Bears are knocking on doors looking for help in two areas: safety and returner.

    • More tweet (it must be Football Season, I’m back on twitter).

      Max Bullough & Shayne Skov cut. There wasn’t much interest from
      teams in Brandon Spikes. NFL is making a statement about 2 down
      thumpers.

      I was really interested in Skov. Are they better than Christian Jones or Bostic?

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        Skov has been playing hurt since last year, and still put decent numbers but sooner or later he has to play the Bill.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    I hope the Bears are correct concerning Chris Williams vs. Spurlock. I thought keeping Williams and dumping Spurlock would have been a no brainer. Spurlock gives you absolutely nothing as a receiver whereas Williams has potential in that area.

    • tobijohn

      I’m assuming the Williams was primarily injury related, no?

  • MB30SD

    Saw draft day last night. .. talk about a raging fantasy piece.

    #stillandalwaysthefactoryofsadness

    • GPLDAN

      I tried to imagine Costner rage fucking Jennifer Garner.

      #tmi

  • Cormonster

    MB, this one’s for you. Hayden cut by the Bears. I never liked him either. We seen the same thing a couple years ago.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Yay!

  • Frank Schoenburg

    5 RB’s. WTF?

  • Frank Schoenburg

    I’m glad Hurst is on the squad. Good for him beating out Hayden and Frey.

    • MB30SD

      fuck hayden.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    Somewhat concerned that we only have 8 OL with DUP and Mills questionable. Would have liked Boggs over one of the RB’s.

    • For your consideration….

      boggs too small, gets bullrushed too easily by 1st stringers

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Your right. I take it back.

        • MB30SD

          can’t sorry.

        • For your consideration….

          I loved Boggs’ story but at 280lbs trying desperately to put lbs on it just felt too forced.

          • MB30SD

            who was the white lumberjack looking dude who got a contract end of the season?

  • tobijohn

    You guys who know and who are following, any other teams cuts of possible interest to the Bears?

  • Shady

    Was hoping Bears would keep speedster Chris Williams. Team needs more speed, quickness on the roster. Senorice Perry? Really?

    • Once Holmes made it, that was that. He’s the speed/quick/clutch slot guy who also returns punts.
      Senorice is fast too (like 4.3 or something) and 6’1 200. He also returned kicks and might be a gunner.
      Plus, bad hammy’s on speedsters mix as well as black russians and wine.
      I doubt anyone picks up Williams.
      Seastrunk was released by the Skins. He might be interesting too.

      • MB30SD

        the game I watched Seastrink was kind of a beast.

        Also agree about the hammy… and 6’1″ 200 and a 4.3… deeeeum. Mass + Velocity = kills

        • In the vid, he’s listed as lighter, but at his NFL Combine he’s listed as 6’0 206, ran SUB 4.40 (edit). Like I said from before, he excels in setting up the screen. He returns kicks AND guns. One cut runner, which is what our zone blocking sets up.

          Like you said, he’s not much of a mauler, but he’s size+speed=collision.

          You can tell in this vid once he kicks it into second gear, he gone.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKkJa1Ie95M

          Here’s his NFL profile

          http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/senorise-perry?id=2549938

          • One area I do worry about him is his instincts. Too often he runs into ppl. Not sure you can teach vision, but when he learns the system, maybe he’ll get more comfortable and stop thinking as much.

          • MB30SD

            his one cut is pretty impressive. He makes the first guy miss 80% time.

          • He’s def an Emery guy. Then again, so was Hardin SMH…

          • MB30SD

            Noooooo… hardin was a lovie you. Ass.

            Sadly, CD is an emery guy it would seem. SMFH.

          • MB30SD

            I like that kid. Great tape. Pretty impressive.

            His name’s fucked up though. Senorice? Who the fuck names their kid that?!

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            Try “señorita”.

  • MB30SD

    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 4h
    Bucs cut S Major Wright

  • Cormonster

    I quick counted at least 25 new players on the team this year, damn near half the roster, including 11 rookies. That is some major turnover. The rookies:

    David Fales
    Ka’Deem Carey
    Senorise Perry
    Michael Ola (played in Canada)
    Charles Leno, Jr.
    Ego Ferguson
    Josh Sutton
    Christian Jones
    Brock Vereen
    Kyle Fuller
    Pat O’Donnell
    Demontre Hurst (practice squad last year)

    • you listed 12 people. I don’t think Hurst technically counts as a rookie though.

      • Cormonster

        I just threw that in at the end.

  • Random Butch note.
    Was axing a tree trunk today. Holy shit, that’s roughneck work
    #handsblisteredbackaching

    • Cormonster

      Circumference?

      • It was more like the stump, not like a redwood or anything, but yeah, that’s a work out.
        Haven’t done it in a while.

        • Cormonster

          Do you have a mattock? That’s what I use to dig out stumps. Makes it so much easier than using an axe.

          • Man, next time, I will! Maybe I should stop watching Expendables and thinking I’m a badass lol

          • MB30SD

            wtf is a mattock

          • tobijohn

            It was an old TV show that had Andy Griffith playing an attorney. Oh wait, never mind. That was Matlock..

          • MB30SD

            ha

          • Cormonster
          • MB30SD

            “A mattock has a shaft, typically made of wood”

            That’s what she said.

          • Cormonster

            The shaft has a larger circumference compared to your typical tool.

            On a different note, you gotta love this new law in Minnesota. Politicians doing the work of the sensitive people in society.

            http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/04/28/asian-carp-gets-a-makeover-in-minn-senate/#.VAJ3S-BjOvQ.facebook

            The PC shit is only going to get worse.

          • Trac

            Yeah, UCLA was definitely not in the cards for you. Hahaha. What the heck IS a mattock anywhoose?

        • Trac

          Who wrote the infamous cliffhanger “Bloody Stump”? Bueller, Bueller…..anyone?

      • MB30SD

        that’s what she asked.

  • MB30SD

    Is it just me or do any of you hate the lumosity.com commercials? God they are horrible.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      The ironic thing is by posting their link, your comment is a luminocity.com commercial.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        And now mine is too!

        • MB30SD

          I know. I was going to change it, but got too lazy. fuck it… I’m doing it now. you do it too please. fuck those guys. hahahaha

          • MB30SD

            well done doc.

        • Trac

          I think you’ve been doing too much math Doc. Hee hee.

    • Paul Stuart

      Commercials full stop. Might not watch anything live ever again.

  • Cormonster

    If any of you guys watch the Wisconsin – LSU game in an hour, keep an eye on Melvin Gordon, my hometown boy. Dude averaged over 10 yards a carry as a Freshman, and 7.8 YPC last year. Many “draft experts” think he would have been the top RB in the draft this year if he would have left school. I am not too confident in tonight’s game. LSU has won 45 straight against non-SEC opponents, and the SEC has owned the Big 10 in recent years (along with every other conference). Plus Wisconsin has about 15 new starters this year.

    • MB30SD

      corm, I think you mean draft ‘experts’.

      Good luck

      • Cormonster

        Thanks, just don’t call me ‘sir’. I’m Cor(m). You can call me corndog too if you want.

        • MB30SD

          i like corndog. But it sounds like some kind of rapey prison sex act.

          Your boys doing a damn good job. Unfortunately, it looks like LSU is turning it on now.

          • MB30SD

            uh oh

          • AlbertInTucson

            It’s like, Wisconsin went up 24-7 and suddenly realized, “Hey, WAIT a minute. We’re in the Big 10.”

          • Cormonster

            The OC and head coach Gary Anderson lost that game, not the players. Why Wisconsin didn’t pound the ball more in both halves is beyond me. Logic dictates that you just keep doing what is working. Les Miles outcoached Anderson tonight and it pissed me off.

          • MB30SD

            that said, he’s a pretty good coach.

          • Cormonster

            Yes he is.

          • Trac

            Ah hem…..the offseason is over Al. Move along please nothing to see here. He he.

    • Big Mike

      Wisconsin swallowed a stupid pill. Gordon had 2 carries in the 3rd QTR. 3 or 4 in the 4th quarter. SMH

  • For your consideration….
    • RenoBear

      Damn the Trib closed the twitter link loophole to read columns…. Hate that fuckin paywall. Bombard me with ads while I read their page, I don’t care. I’m not paying a damn penny to a place that employs Haugh. I do like Biggs, Campbell and weiderer though. Haugh is a total and complete fucking waste of space, it’s like he fucking despises the Bears. What was the gist of the article? Oh the bears are buffoons, Trestman is not a leader of men etc? He’s already trashed Trest in two other articles this year. Guarantee Haugh wears Packers panties and has dreams of threesomes with Favre and Rodgers (NTTAWWT)

      • MB30SD

        gross

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        I almost puke..

      • CanadaBear

        I totally agree with ya except the Fudgie panties part. The only thing Haugh promotes is himself. Up until a few years ago I thought he was OK but nothing special. In the last 2-3 years it seems like he’s trying to re-create Mariotti with a dash of Rosenbloom. The only thing I can surmise is he’s trying to raise his profile (and earning power) with this BS.

      • to read it, just google the article title and click it directly from google

        • CanadaBear

          Doesn’t work for me. I’m guessing it’s my Canadian IP address.

        • RenoBear

          Thanks JWood. I was able to look at Haughs twitter feed and open it, so apparently the Trib didn’t close all loopholes. Still made me sick to even visit his feed, and I saw nothing there to make me ever want to click on his links again. I found once again that there is nothing to gain from his POV

  • For your consideration….

    David Bass played his way onto the team in the 4th fucking preseason game. That’s why i love this league. This fucking guy, when compared to any other human being in the world for the most part, makes us all look like huge impotent pussies. He is a bubble player/athlete in the NFL. That’s how crazy this league is.
    Here’s to a random pick six or strip sack fumble return this year my man…..great fucking job making the squad.

    • Trac

      Ze Hunger? Ya…..ya!

    • Paul Stuart

      He looks up for the cup for sure…he also has a good surname should a stadium full of fans decide to chant it in an exaggerated fashion…and depending on his pad level too…”Bass! how low can you go, death row. What a brother kn…” ok ok I’ve had wine…

    • Big Mike

      Two days late, but I had to comment. The bottom of the roster guys/practice squad guys/ and the guys that just missed the cut, are among the best football players in the world. I for one would love a developmental league. When to play games is the biggest challenge. Do you go up against college football on Saturday? Or play the games on Wednesday?

  • For your consideration….
    • MB30SD

      wow

  • NewBearInTown

    http://beargoggleson.com/2014/08/30/chicago-bears-final-cuts/
    Solid breakdown of the players that didn’t make the roster.
    Everybody is saying the same thing, the Bears would love to find a special teams stud that can hold down the safety position as well. That could be a coverage guy or a returner. The question is whether Emery will find one anywhere.

    • MB30SD

      Andrew Dannehy @ChiBearsAD
      #Bears seeking a safety and a kick returner and Daneal Manning was just released. Seems obvious. Herring was with him last year in HOU.

      What the what!? And there you are sir. Prayers answered!

      • CanadaBear

        Do you know if Manning has anything left?

        • Trac

          But Canada, he used to be the best athlete on our roster! I say he’s worth a look see.

        • MB30SD

          he’s gotta be better than anything we have not. HAS to be.

    • Shady

      I take it you’re giving up on your fantasy league.

      • NewBearInTown

        Yeah, not even close to full. This year the blog’s been thin on the fantasy front, and Butch’s league is pretty much a carbon copy of a lot of my ideas except with two QBs.

        • For your consideration….

          i just want to be in a league with everyone. I signed up for yours but people acted like we were trying to raise money for a good cause or something and stayed away like the plague.

          • NewBearInTown

            Well I did want to see a punter, but Butch did that.
            Also want to make sure that QB stashing doesn’t ruin the league. 3 QBs per roster in a 12 team league should accomplish that.

    • they already have one: Danny McCray. That’s their hope, anyway.

  • MB30SD

    So I’m going to follow NB’s very serious football post with something ridiculous.

    BUT… I want to know if ANY of you can watch this without laughing at least once: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv–npievoI

    I tried and I was crying by about mid-way through.

    • CanadaBear

      I lasted about 5 seconds. Since I’m about 20 years older than you that makes me about 12.

      • MB30SD

        hilarious. So funny how fart noises work even at 60ish. Men will never change. Classic.

  • Trac

    San Fran game is definitely a winnable game due to their injuries/suspensions.

    • For your consideration….

      Ray McDonald just got jacked up for domestic abuse. Ruh Roh.

  • Trac

    The next thread needs to be an overview of the week 1 Roster, strengths and weaknesses. I would also love to see Jeff throw some read meat out to the hungry Bear faithful as well.

  • MB30SD

    come on all you iphone users… time to give up the rumors and the loooooooooooong wait, and come to the light side: http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/08/28/Samsung-Gear-S-Enhances-the-Smart-Wearable-Experience-1

    • Trac

      Booooo

    • For your consideration….

      i spent 70.00 on a Nokia Lumia and it’s better than my iPhone 4 and Samsung 3 so i’m sticking with this shitty Nokia Windows Phone and diverting the saving into bets on the Bears, which are a lock.

  • For your consideration….
    • AlbertInTucson

      The hits just keep on comin’ in ‘Frisco.

  • For your consideration….

    MB, i’ve found a new addiction, move over Cruzan and Coke, herro Trade Wind and Coke. That’s right motherfucker, it’s so cheap it’s not even called Trade Winds, it’s just fucking Trade Wind, as if there is only one fucking wind. It was 8.99 a bottle and i convinced the guy to do it for 7.99 if i bought 3.

    Long story short, wife disgusted, rum stockpile for first half of season obtained, pride somehow unaffected.

    #it’stheeconomy?

    • For your consideration….

      oh god, don’t fucking drink Trade Winds. You must spend the extra couple bucks for bacardi or Cruzan. This is not good…..i’ll keep on going but i feel weird…and not in a good way.

      • MB30SD

        Hahahahaha… awesome.

        My drink of choice has been absolute mandarin and soda. Tastes like you baeely dipped a semi open orange through a glass of soda and then filled the rest with rubbing alcohol, but it’s the cleanest drink out there, and because it tastes like shit, you don’t fucking slug them down one after the next like they’re being discontinued next week.

        I ordered a Cuba Libre last weekend and I swear I crushed the thing in about 10 seconds it was such sweet sweet yumminess.

        Grown-up beverages should not taste like milkshakes and pussy.

        • For your consideration….

          wife looks at me disgusted at small get together at my house that just ended. We are drinking and talking around my fire pit. She noticed that half of the Trade Wind rum is gone and that she is sure that no one else is drinking it.

          I explain that one half of the cocktail is Coca Cola, one of the greatest creations in the last hundred years and that you could mix it with pee and it would taste half awesome.

          She says, “that’s just sick, you did that by yourself”
          I say, “no way, Johnny had a couple as well, he’s an ice whore, hence all of our ice being gone for drinks”

          She says, “you’re eyes are glazed”
          I say, “you still haven’t bought into Trestman”

          Somewhere outside a huge bears fan neighbor spits his drink out and starts laughing.

          #becauseFootball

          • MB30SD

            That’s the spirit tiger

          • “Reason for divorce?” Wife filling out papers…
            “Didn’t believe in Trestman.”

          • For your consideration….

            Irreconcilable Differences…with the validity of Trestman’s system.

  • For your consideration….

    this is a semi serious question and i was looking for someone good at math or gambling to poke a hole in my logic.

    I placed 9 bets for MVP of the league and to make numbers simple let’s say i bet a total of 27.00 between the 9 guys. Most bets were 4.00 bets with 20/1 odds, 33/1 odds, etc. a couple of bets were 5.00 on guys that really have a shot because the powers that be choozin these guys blow them all year anyways. (of course i bet on cutty too) and there was a 2.00 bet in there for Cam because he’s 40/1.

    My question is this:

    If i bet a total of 27.00 lets say and one of the best odds to win would net me 25.00 then is that sound logic based on the fact that the other bets, if one was successful, would net a much larger payout that exceeded the total amount that i bet by quite a wide margin?

    I did the same thing for the superbowl winner with a separate bet and another bet for teams making the playoffs and overall records ,etc. not a ton of money but really good odds.

    If this is sound logic please let me know and i will increase the amounts of the bets dramatically.

    • Shady

      At the end of the day, the house always wins.

      • For your consideration….

        that sounds logical but putting 3,000 on the bears winning 9 games sounds alot sexier. Cutty, pay this tuition baby.

  • Trac

    Word up! Tri-tip. BOOM!

  • CanadaBear
  • CanadaBear

    Practice squad; WR Josh Bellamy, C Taylor Boggs, DT Brandon Dunn, CB Isaiah Frey, G Ryan Groy, LB DeDe Lattimore, CB Al Louis-Jean, CB Terrance Mitchell, DT Roy Philon, WR Rashad Ross. Also, they cut the LS Hartson and signed Jeremy Cain. He did the LS last year for 2 games.

    • MB30SD

      excellent squad. hopefully none get poached.

    • goood morning vietnam! Not in a ditch by Huntington Beach!
      Still, got only like 2 hrs sleep, and still somehow woke up early.
      Anywho, love ALJ (Al Louis-Jean) Frey, Boggs and Bellamy on the squad.
      Brandon Dunn and Lattimore are interesting.
      The rest might just be guys.

      • For your consideration….

        i’m interested in a guy like Al Louis Jean, came out of Boston College as a sophmore for some reason, still super young with talent just needs a little fine tuning and about 7-10 lbs of muscle. Perfect practice squad guy. Josh Bellamy is the same way, that guy is aggressive, young and hungry. The Bears made the right choice trying to keep him around.

        • CanadaBear

          Totally agree on both guys. I was really intrigued by ALJ due to his age (20). I could definitely see him being the 4th CB next year (or third if Peanut moves on or Father Time catches up to him).

  • CanadaBear

    Now that I’m retired I’m adding value! Can’t say I’ve been the most productive member of society since I retired but I am loving life! Life on Vancouver Island suits me perfectly. Lots of retirees. My Beloved Bride dragged me out furniture shopping Sat. After about 3 hours of that crap we went to the grocery store. Being an old fart I had to take a whiz. When I found the can there were already two old guys waiting in line. Welcome to the land of enlarged prostates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I laughed like crazy.

    • MB30SD

      Hahahaha… awesome. Glad you’re enjoying it for those of us assholes still thick in the shit.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Took the wife shopping twice this weekend.

  • Sinclair Phos

    Well done. Someone else with a brain with realistic expectations on the defensive side of the football. Fans need to understand great defenses are not built in one off season.

    • For your consideration….

      we don’t need them to be great, we just need them to not give up 28pts a game.

  • So, my pal is a Skins fan, and he didn’t like that Seastrunk was released. He sent me this PS highlight of him

    http://www.redskins.com/media-gallery/videos/Cant-Miss-Play-Seastrunk-takes-a-screen-80-yards-to-the-house/e51dcea6-29a5-441b-bf78-8d7979a4ff94

    And here’s his college highlights

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATV13gzocN0

    Seems like a guy we should kick the tires on.

    • beninnorcal

      Careful about using the term ‘Skins’ around here. I got busted for it last week by a few Regs.

  • Bears RT Jordan Mills (foot) is expected to be ready for Sunday’s opener against the Bills.

    Mills was held out for the entire preseason as he completed
    his recovery from foot surgery, but resumed practicing on August 20.
    “If I had to (play), I would have,” Mills said of August. “I’m very
    ready.” A 2013 fifth-rounder, Mills was among the league’s poorer right
    tackles as a rookie.- RotoWorld

  • well, at least we didn’t draft this guy instead of Alshon…

    Free agent WR Stephen Hill is working out for the Panthers Monday.

    Hill went unclaimed on waivers after getting cut by the
    Jets Saturday. It was a surprise, considering he’s 23 years old and goes
    6’4/214 with sub-4.4 speed. Hill skill-set would definitely fit in
    Carolina, as they have no viable deep threats outside of Kelvin
    Benjamin. – RotoWorld

    • For your consideration….

      he did go to the Jets though, that is an immediate disadvantage for him over Alshon who got to play with Cutler and then with Cutler/McCown/Trestman.

      • EnderWiggin

        NY is where receivers go to die.

  • The Bears have reportedly tweaked their scheme “to find creative ways to put [Brandon] Marshall in more advantageous matchups.”

    Marshall is saying 2014 will be his Michael Jackson
    “Thriller” season. It makes sense, as he’s not coming off any surgery
    for the first time in recent memory and has Bromance partner Jay Cutler
    fully healthy. Most importantly, he’s in Year 2 with dominant passing
    game guru Marc Trestman. Marshall, still in his prime at age 30, is a
    very realistic candidate for a third straight 100-catch season.- RotoWorld

  • Wow. Remember DBB boner for this dude?

    GM Steve Keim said G Jonathan Cooper is dealing with a “significant” turf toe injury.

    Cooper is back in practice as he tries to figure out how to
    play through the pain. The No. 7 overall pick in 2013 has lost the
    starting left guard job to Ted Larsen. “It’s sad because we all have
    such high expectations,” Keim said. “I’m disappointed in the injuries;
    I’m not disappointed in the player.” -RotoWorld

    • For your consideration….

      turf toe fucking sucks. Makes your foot useless. Can’t run or push off without excruciating pain.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It sounds so minor when, in fact, they are two words you do NOT want to hear associated with one of your players.

  • anyone know anything about FS Chris Clemons?

    Texans released FS Chris Clemons.

    The move is a big surprise after Houston gave Clemons
    $450,000 guaranteed in March. As Reshad Jones will open the season on
    suspension for the Dolphins, Miami might want to look into bringing
    Clemons back. The Texans’ free safety job will likely now go to
    Kendrick Lewis, a longtime Romeo Crennel favorite.

    • Big Mike

      From Sports Mockery http://sportsmockery.com/2014/09/chicago-bears-must-check-chris-clemons/

      Using the 2013 season as the benchmark, Mundy and Clemons each started
      games for their teams. In 667 defensive snaps for the New York Giants,
      Mundy posted a +0.2 grade with 77 tackles, a sack, two pass defenses and
      one interception. Conversely, Clemons played 1,158 snaps and had a
      +4.1 grade with 93 tackles, eight pass defenses and an interception.
      Scouts see him as a very good box defender who rarely takes bad angles
      to the ball and tackles well. He also doesn’t get beat much in coverage
      despite his limited production in takeaways. At 6’1” he has the size
      to match up with tight ends and played well in preseason.

    • MB30SD

      We need to bring him and manning in TOMORROW. .. those are our two starters game 1.

      • Cormonster

        I read somewhere Manning already resigned with the Texans.

        • MB30SD

          I thought they just cut him? someone posted yesterday the texans cut him. hmmmm… propaganda pamphlets being dropped on the DMZ?!

          • Cormonster

            Didn’t look it back up, but they got rid of him (trade or something), he got cut, and Texans picked him back up. Could be wrong. Too lazy today to look it back up.

          • MB30SD

            damn it.

        • MB30SD
        • AlbertInTucson

          NFL Network’s bottom line reported that as well.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        I´m all with pick Clemons

  • in other news, water’s wet.

    The Chicago Tribune suggests rookie RB Ka’Deem Carey may not be active on game days to open the season.

    Carey was beaten out by Shaun Draughn for Chicago’s primary
    backup tailback job, and No. 4 back Senorise Perry has more special
    teams value. Carey was one of the most disappointing rookies in the NFL
    during the 2014 preseason. – Roto

    • GPLDAN

      Beat out by a 2011 URFA making the journeyman route. Wasted pick, fuck this RB shit with the Bears.

      #Emery_Achilles

      #TimeforTradeWind

      • MB30SD

        uhhhhhh… free safety!?!?!?!

      • bearsfantillend

        really not sure what the hate on this pick is about. It was a 4th round pick. It not like it was a wasted 1st-3rd round pick like we have seen for the last 10 years. Unfortunately fans and media put so much importance on draft picks no matter what round. Every team makes mistakes in all the rounds, especially the later rounds. Every 4th round pick is not going to make the team, and if they do they end up as cannon fodder on Special Teams. 4th round picks are not expected to be game changers. Name 1 4th round pick that has been a success and there are probably 20-25 4th rounders that same year that made no impact whatsoever. BESIDES it’s the backup RB position, as long as Forte stays healthy their impact is going to be minimal. Hell I for one am glad Emery decided to bring in Draughn just for this fact. How often have we questioned the depth at a position knowing there were FAs out there that might have been better than what we had. Put the best players we have on the field, who gives a shit what round they were drafted.

  • MB30SD

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv–npievoI

    how can the second one NOT get you. Come on!

    • RenoBear

      Yep…i’m a few months shy of 40…and farts still make me freakin cry laughing…what the hell is it in men’s DNA?

      • MB30SD

        awesome

      • Trac

        Love the “pull my finger trick” with gramps. All time fave.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Back in the day, I got my Wife and later my Daughter with “Pull My Finger”.

      • Paul Stuart

        I can only hope, that on my death bed, someone squeaks/blurts/rips out a classic. Die chuckling, with people around me letting it tickle them too…

    • Trac

      You Sir are an animal.

  • NewBearInTown

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Oakland doing smart thing starting Carr. Matt Schaub is Matt Schaub is Matt Cassel is Chad Henne. Brisgewater, Bortles should start too.
    Jeff apparently not a believer in the idea that a rookie quarterback can start too soon and fall apart. That’s a tough thing to argue – you point to somebody it happened to (say, Blaine Gabbert) and the response is “yeah, but he’s terrible.”
    Still, quarterback is the hardest position to play in the league and has the biggest jump from college to the pros. Its insane what these guys have to know, and how instinctive that knowledge has to be. To think that a few extra months on the bench letting the game slow down before bad habits develop doesn’t make a difference is just silly to me.

    • AlbertInTucson

      As long as they don’t leave him out there to get shell-shocked like the Texans did to brother David Carr.

      • NewBearInTown

        That’s the rub. You put take him out, what does that do for his confidence? If he’s ready to start, he needs to be ready to start with whatever 10 guys your team can put around him.
        If that’s the case, you let the vet take the heat. You let the rookie stay out for a few more games and you rebuild your O-line, draft a running back, whatever is missing. You can’t wait three years, but you can stop pretending that ruining the rookie’s career is a good way to salvage the season.

    • I would have started Carr after the bye, unless Schauby would have really stunk, which is not out of the question.

  • Sinclair Phos

    They don’t “need” a post season appearance for any of the things you mentioned to have happened. The reality is this….last year’s 8-8 football team at 9-7 would have appeared in the playoffs. Would they be a better football team, or would they be the same football team, with the same defensive woes, and the same off season focus working toward their goal of winning championships? Ponder that. And while you are pondering that, consider this, very good article, I agree with everything you wrote except for the need for a pre-season appearance to make it all worthwhile.

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