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Collection of Thoughts on Last Night’s Snoozefest Second Preseason Game

| August 15th, 2014

Here are some thoughts on last night’s “game”.

  • Starting with the pregame interview, it isn’t easy to adapt to Jared Allen in a Chicago Bears uniform.
  • I think we saw a few clues last night as to how Shea McClellin is going to be deployed. DJ and Lance will be behind the defensive line and Shea will be sent at the quarterback.
  • Both McClellin and Bostic made excellent pursuit tackles. Good to see them showing instincts for the position.
  • If Chris Williams is going to be the starting kick returner against Buffalo, great. In the meantime the Bears need to be giving someone other than Eric Weems a look back there. I don’t know what Weems does well but I haven’t seen it.

  • Danny McCray does not look like the answer at free safety. Looks to me like he’s holding a place for Chris Conte.
  • If referees throw flags in the regular season the way they’ve done in the preseason the games will be very difficult to watch. Some of the penalties on defensive backs last night were just awful, especially on Kelvin Hayden holding his ground.
  • Here’s the other problem with the flagfest: it restricted what plays teams could call. This is the preseason. You want work on a variety of things. You can’t work on anything from third and thirty-five.
  • Man, when Bostic turns on the jets and goes after a quarterback it is something to see. He may decapitate someone this year.
  • Difference between Bears defense with Charles Tillman and without Charles Tillman is day and night. His tackling on the outside was sorely missed throughout 2013.
  • If Winston Guy had significantly injured Alshon Jeffery, it would have been a play that lived in Chicago Bears lore.
  • Michael Ola didn’t seem to struggle much at right tackle. I’ll go a step further. He looked good.
  • Trevor Scott works his ass off.
  • Sherrick McManis seems to be everywhere in these preseason games. Good to have guys like him at the back end of the roster.
  • Love, love, love Trest keeping the first team offensive line out there for Jimmy Clausen and Shaun Draughn. We got to see both play at their highest level. He might have left the WRs out there too if Eric Weems doesn’t fumble that kickoff.
  • Even Tirico and Gruden started being worn down by flags in the second quarter. This can’t continue.
  • Bears should let Pat O’Donnell kick for four quarters next week. Tress Way doesn’t have a chance.
  • David Fales is only three years younger than Jimmy Clausen. Bears should feel comfortable keeping Clausen and Palmer and risking Fales being scooped away when they try and hide him on the practice squad.
  • Punter, long-snapper and backup quarterback are in pretty good shape. Free safety is going to be Chris Conte if healthy. The big question mark on the Bears roster is still third wide receiver. The guy currently holding that position has been the least impressive on the field.

I’m off on vacation next week but we’ll have a guest blogger for the week. Colorado here I come.

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  • MB30SD

    Mmmmm… quite.

    Full thoughts after I watch the tape.

  • GPLDAN

    Did you hear Biggsy this morning on Score with Mully? His breakfast must have been a cake bowl full of pudding and a 32oz slurpee with a Red Bull chaser

    He was wound up. He HATED Shae, said it was simply untenable to start him against the Bills. That it was time to hit the waiver wire because Jones is a pothead and Shae sucks. That Shae needs to be a situational replacement as pass rusher and then get him out of there. I expect to see Bostic over there soon.

    • MB30SD

      will watch the tape more, but off the cuff these were my impressions (admittedly, a couple RBVs down)… shae is totally lost and bostic is coming on. Weems, does, indeed suck.

      • GPLDAN

        Shae is not lost. This is not memorization with the kid, it’s worse.

        He has no skill at attacking blockers. None. A 5’9″ slot wideout could block down and destroy him, pancake him out of the play. Offensive lineman? Please. He looks like a mouse being washed out in the surf.

        He no aggression in his soul. None. He’s as timid as said mouse.

        He’s not used to being out in space so much, so his reaction speed is so slow as to be a joke. It’s like watching a Turing machine click it’s gears as he mentally breaks down his assignment, visually recalls his playbook, and THEN starts running. He knows what he is supposed to but he can’t do it with any speed or aggression WHATSOEVER. Speed and aggression is kind of what it means to be an NFL linebacker.

        And just to drive it back home, he can’t shed a block to save his life.

        He blitzed at least four times. Chucky wouldn’t let it go. Twice from between the RDE and RDT, and twice from outside the RDE in that old Giants D look with 5 at the line. That old LT look where you knew he was coming, now do something about it.

        He didn’t get a sack any of those times. One time on an inside blitz he hit the RB in the backfield but that’s because Bortles didn’t know how to check out of the play. Hardly anything worth mentioning.

        • DaBearsBlog

          He didn’t even play poorly last night. Especially considering it’s his second game ever at linebacker.

          Shea will be a specialty pass rusher this year.

          • CanadaBear

            I didn’t see the game but the regs commented he got faked out on bootlegs numerous times. He truly has no football instincts. When he was trying to be a DE he always got faked out on bootlegs and end arounds. JW said it will cost the Bears $2 mil against the cap if we cut him. That might be the only reason to keep him.

          • they’re giving Shea every chance to succeed this year. They’ll evaluate after the season and figure out what to do with him.

          • CanadaBear

            I know you’re correct but it just galls me to keep an unproductive player due to his draft status.

          • MB30SD

            Agree with data too… and agree with you as well. sucks.

          • MB30SD

            jeff, your persistent love for Shea and conte, two really bad football players at the positions they’ve been asked to play in the NFL is puzzling. Are you and dave related? The same guy?

            They just aren’t good my mainjses. They are not good NFL football players. Not sure why this isn’t brutally apparent to you guys.

          • Scharfinator

            The saddest part of this is that I think Conte has regressed. I would argue with you 2-3 years ago. Now I just have to somberly acknowledge you’re right.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know scharf… my problem with him isn’t his athleticism, speed, experience, or even mental (although I think he’s doomed here too)… it’s that he’s NEVER been a good tackler or angle taker.

            That’s a death knell for an NFL FS. You HAVE to have those things… and you can’t teach those, they’re innate.

    • Trac

      And to paraphrase, ” Rod, you’ve got you monster of the midway, now get to work”?

      Chicken Dinner was Nellies pick all the way? I guess it just hurts too much for GMs to cut 1st rounders no mater who’s abomination a player was.

      • MB30SD

        bingo

  • GPLDAN

    Cut Weems. Start Morgan as the 3 next week. Use the backup rb #38 to run back kicks or maybe Williams will heal. But Weems sucks.

    Really Sucks about Miller because he was a weapon.

    • Peanut FTW

      ++ All this. I’m not really all Earl Bennett crazy, but he did return punts for us, and blocked well when he wasn’t the returner. I will always remember this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJa81h1cato. I don’t love the guy but I would rather have him than Weems. I do like Morgan a lot, just not sure if he has any ST potential.

      • MB30SD

        LOVE that play.

      • CanadaBear

        I love seeing Forte on the sideline jumping up and down. Earl blew him up but was careful not to get penalized. These days if a guy really blows someone up there is almost always a flag (even though there is nothing illegal going on).

  • GPLDAN

    Matty Bowen will be on later to break down the safeties, then Hub, then Jimmy Miller.

  • GPLDAN

    Jefe:

    Obsession w/Shea by Bears fans is legitimately insane.

    Let me correct that for you:

    Obsession w/Shae by the main media in this town, the analysts and the guys who really know football is probably well warranted because he did play like shit.

    There ya’ go. Fixed.

    • MB30SD

      This. Can we fucking stop already and just cut him already. He’s not a good linebacker because it’s close to impossible to learn a totally new and totally different position than you’ve played your whole life. .. especially in the nfl.

      He wasn’t good enough to play his natural career position and thinking he’d be good at something else just because he was a shit de and he’s skinny and fast is just crazy.

      Can we be done with this whole thing now please. Let’s replace him with a real 4-3 olb when the cuts start happening soon.

      • MB30SD

        Ps (shout out to barb): I saw a glimmer of my bostic call coming to fruition last night. He looked more comfortable and solid and on about 4 snaps was a cunthair away from making a huuuge play. I’ll chalk that up to preseason notreadiness and double down on my call that he will be starting at some point very soon. I still like him and think he can be good in this league

        Greene looked interesting too… will watch the tape today tho

        • Shady

          Yep Bostic looked good. I still think he looks more like a Will than a Mike, but maybe that’s just me.

          • MB30SD

            yes, it is.

            Basically, from my perspective things are shaping up to be a … “I saw what I saw” situation. Shea is dogshit and bostic just needs more time/reps with a real D around him. It’s his first two games of his second season. A little more practice out there and he makes those 2-4 huge plays and everyone’s like, ‘wow bostic is a fucking animal’. Again, I think he’ll end up being good and solid, not lach or briggsy in their prime, but more of a not spectacular but really good solid london fletcher type (if he were to last that long)

            I really hope they give jones a chance at least

    • For your consideration….

      damn spell check must be on the fritz

  • Paul Stuart

    I didn’t do a very good job of keeping an eye on shae. Saw a couple decent chases but don’t remember anything else, but I was soldering some speakers at the same time.. Overall the squad in general look like gamers. I think there’s a buzz. The DL will chase and catch themselves some pocket passers this season. And there were some nice hands here and there, some speed too. QB is well covered …some canny throws by Clausen and Palmer . I sensed that the guys playing late into the game felt it was important to come from behind. Whether they were 2nd or 3rd stringers playing 2nd or 3rd stringers it just had an intangible quality that defied the notion that the game didn’t matter. Those that make the cut just need to keep their hustle and it should be a season worth anticipating.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    three things:

    I´d like more of Louis-Jean with 2nd. unit.

    McCellin is still in learning mode but I´d really hate if Christian Jones leaves because of that.

    Washington and Bass needs to be more involve next games, the “other guy” won´t last the firts cut.

    • Shady

      Was hoping to see more from Jones. Cornelius may end up taking that spot in the roster if he continues to make plays next week.

      • For your consideration….

        i’ll take Bass over Washington any day of the week.

        • MB30SD

          Dude, where the fuck did scott come from?! That honkey was all over the place in both of these games. I said about 6 times last night… ‘dude, scott is making this team.. whothefuckisthisguy!?!?!’

          I don’t remember him from anything… where did he come from? He’s having a monster preseason, even with the 1s.

          • he had a good start to his career, was slowed down by injuries first 2 years. Their 4th DE now is better than their 2nd DE last year.

          • MB30SD

            Were you as impressed as I was data? Seemed like he was in almost every play.

          • Cormonster

            He was disrupting plays in both games. He caused one of the Eagles picks, and I thought he was applying pressure on another pick. Hope he’s not just a pre-season wonder.

          • Yeah, and he’s supposedly been tearing it up at training camp. Bears have a legit 4 man DE rotation.

            I’m a little worried about the DT depth though. Haven’t seen much from the rookies yet, and they’re both playing ahead of Collins. I wonder if they’re saving Collins for the regular season.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        C. Washington´s stock will go up next year because Allen´s age. Jones´ money will be special teams, where is a mess right now and has a chance.

  • Shady

    You guys keep spelling it wrong. It’s not S-H-A-E, it’s C-H-I-C-K-E-N-D-I-N-N-E-R.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sorry, until he starts to show me he’s worthy of a #1 pick he’s NOT worth of a nickname.

      • Shady

        Believe me, it’s not exactly a term of endearment.

      • Viva

        I have a good nickname for him, that I think will pass your test, Al: Cut

        • MB30SD

          yes please.

  • Peanut FTW

    Look, Mclellin won’t be cut; it would cost too much money period. He’s not good. But he will be on the team taking up a spot, so you put him on STs and stick him in once in a while in 3rd and longs. My issue right now with him is that they should not waste this valuable time with him when they could be prepping whoever is going to actually start there this year. The experiment is over, he is a below avg, undersized DE and a below avg oversized LB. Yay, next LB in line please.

  • For your consideration….

    damn, so this is what happened to Okoye and why they didn’t go after him last year for DL depth:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/15/amobi-okoye-survived-rare-disease-coma-to-return-to-nfl/

    • Cormonster

      Wow. Surprised we didn’t hear about this last year.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The McLellin situation smells like John Thierry (90s) all over again.

    • GPLDAN

      For those of you reading this under 30:

      John Thierry was the 1990s version of Mark Anderson.

      We now return you to your program.

      • At least Mark Anderson racked up 12 sacks his rookie year. Then again, Shea did break Rodger’s vadge.

        Even?

        • MB30SD

          didn’t do us any good since his brother in ineptitude (as well as the rest of the d) made sure we didn’t take advantage of it.

          • It was still nice seeing that the Pack are basically the Vikings without Rodgers.

          • MB30SD

            this is very true. Alas, they do have that goofy assed, googly eyed, in the closet (NTTAWWT), but amazingly awesome qb. fuck.

          • SC Dave

            Had Rodgers been on the Bears these years, we’d have two or three SBs with him.

          • MB30SD

            Agree. The dude is not human… well, he may also have been dead.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Oh, I disagree. At least Anderson had some shining moments as a rookie. Thierry was a bust from the get-go.

  • MB30SD

    any news on Fuller?

    • AlbertInTucson

      X-rays were negative.

      • MB30SD

        thank god. Fuller was a grown ass man in game 1

        Gracias mi caballero.

        I would also like to take this opty to redouble my call to duct tape Hayden to weems and kick them both off the gangplank (although that illegal contact call on him was complete bullshit). That said, he’s turrible… well, they’re both turrible.

        McManis on the other hand is a total scrappy baller (GP, can I nominate him to be your new ScrappyDo?). He was all over the place last night. I like that kid.

        • GPLDAN

          Sherrick is playing tough.

        • AlbertInTucson

          X-Rays aren’;t always the final word but they last I say was “not serious”. As opposed to “Hasta Luego, Zach Miller.”

  • MB30SD
  • For your consideration….

    my main takeaways were :
    1. drive extending flag happy refs must stop this bullshit, they are changing the actual outcomes of games for fucks sake
    2. Shea is ineffective and lost in coverage. He fell for the same bootleg 3 times resulting in 3 15+ yard completions to TE’s and in the flat.
    3. Weems is ineffective as a returner and doesn’t pose the same threat as Morgan as a 3rd WR. Josh must be given this job is little Williams’ hammy is still hurt.
    4. Allen was rusty and pushed around
    5. Trevor Scott was not rusty and looked strong and fast
    6. McMannis looked aggressive and will find a place on this team again.
    7. Jennings hurt his quad again. Not good.
    8. Fuller getting hurt at this point is not good. I don’t know if your starting Nickel 1st round pick should be playing specials in the 2nd preseason game…..
    9. Draughn looked fast and aggressive, Carey did not look fast at all. Perry will be a victim of our need to keep Fiammetta and another TE.
    10. Mulligan is a Martz throwback TE that poses no threat. I’d rather had Britton out there blocking as a 6th OL…if he wasn’t hurt. Rosario’s calf better heal up.
    11. Morgan is 3rd WR
    12. Spurlock keeps dropping punts but is a much better WR option than Weems.
    13. No one can stop Marshall, Jeffery, Bennett and Forte.
    14. Pass protection looked solid, Ola looked good. Want Mills back regardless. Long looked good and got extended reps.
    15. Run game was brutal with first team, i’m looking at you Roberto. Slauson not much better but their pass blocking was badass.
    16. ST’s brutal.
    17. McCray brutal
    18. Vereen just a guy at this point
    19. Wilson needs to step up
    20. Safety play is actually making me want to see Conte making a play for a job
    21. DJ and Lance CANNOT get hurt this year or else we are fucking hosed.
    22. Jay looks comfortable but still has the fire as evidenced by him screaming at the refs or at Weems, couldn’t tell which.
    23. I thought Willie Young went unnoticed and had a quiet game…and I realized it’s because he didn’t play.
    24. Tress Way is gone
    25. Jones play did not inspire me
    26. Al Louis Jean intrigues me
    27. Josh Bellamy seems like Josh Morgan Jr. but won’t make the team because Josh Morgan Sr will.
    28. 12-4 and super bowl.

    • GPLDAN

      Tress Way showed the coffin corner was too much to ask of him. Good bye.

    • 3. We need to scour the waiver wires when cuts are made for a sp teamer. Ideally, someone who can return, gun and half-assedly play some other position. (Joe Anderson?)
      4. Allen looked as weak as Shea. Now I know why Vike fans all screamed he was a liability in the run. Let’s hope it was just rust.
      6. Always have liked McManis and Frey. I think both should make the team and Hayden needs to get cut.
      9. Carey is a wasted pick. He can catch and block, but he’s a mediocre RB. Perry, Lynch and Draughn have looked better running it, but they can’t catch or block as well, although Perry can provide special teams value.
      10. We have NO run game. Who’s going to get that tough 3and1? Goaline? We’re going to have to resort to gadget plays again. Didn’t someone want a certain 6’1 230 RB in this past draft? I could have sworn someone kept banging the table about it…
      21. Agree, and DJ hasn’t exactly been killing it out there either.
      26. I’d rather have Al Louis than Hayden.
      28. Sweep the leg, sweep the Packers.

      • SC Dave

        3. You mean Earl Bennett? Not a gunner, but much more than a half-assed WR.
        9, 10. It’s always the line.

    • Viva

      29. Cutty SB and league MVP

  • GPLDAN

    (Ring Ring)

    “Hello, Santana Moss’ agent, my name is Cliff Stein. You may have heard of me.”

    • MB30SD

      (Ring Ring)

      “Hello, Arthur Browns’ agent, my name is Cliff Stein. You may have heard of me.”

      • MB30SD

        (Ring Ring)

        “Hello, Kerry Rhodes’ agent, my name is Cliff Stein. You may have heard of me.”

        (funny sidenote. I couldn’t recall his name so I googled, “gay NFL free safety”… which immediately brought up pics of KR in the pool with his bf.)

        • GPLDAN

          NTAWWT

        • Viva

          Agreed.

      • GPLDAN

        (Ring Ring)

        “Hi Jerry? Cliff. How’s the face lift holding up? You have no DEs. Old Sauce is going to blow a valve unless you get him some help. Trade you Shae for a 3rd Rounder, just pick up his deal. How about it?”

    • Viva

      If we’re kicking tires, why not Plax? Big targets good. Small targets bad.

  • Sactowns#1

    My only observations were the obvious, Weems sucks and Shea obviously thinks containment is what you put on hotdogs and hamburgers. The man has all the discipline of Robin Williams in a Columbian coke factory.

    • MB30SD

      ouch. too soon.

    • Trac

      Flying into sac town next month on the way to visit my sis.

      • Sactowns#1

        Well hit me up and I’ll take you out for food and drinks.

  • This is what I think about the Shea situation.

    One. It’s SLB. Only on the field about 50% of the time. Prob less in today’s NFL.
    Two. We should def start either Bostic or even Green over Shea in obvious run downs
    Three. This cuts Shea’s playing time to roughly 25%, give or take.
    Four. I now have “Kiss Off” by the Violent Femmes playing in my head
    Five. It’s going to take some time for Shea to re-learn how to play LB. One off-season is not enough
    Six. He’s going to cost roughly $2M. It’s cheaper to just keep esp since
    Seven. Christian Jones hasn’t jumped off the screen. No other LB has wowed
    Eight. Shea can prob make a great sp teamer, and considering how that unit is faring
    Nine. If he still sucks around trade deadline, trade him to a 3-4 LB needy team.
    Ten. That’s it, but 10 is a nice # to end it at.

    • Sactowns#1

      I take one one one cuz you left me and two two two for my family. Ah I loves me some Gordon Gano. One of the best shows I went to was Violent Femmes on their way down, Beck opened up for them. I think Mazzy Star was there too.

  • MB30SD
  • Trac
    • Comment of the day award goes to…

      “The best thing about sexbots is the off button afterwards”

      Wish most women had that button.

  • Blog poll.

    Who would you rather have back: Joe Anderson, or Earl the Pearl?

    • CanadaBear

      Earl for me, please.

      • And if Lynch makes the team, we can roll out the Bennett/Lynch split wing.
        Remember, they can both throw! (Irish, where art thou!?)

        • SC Dave

          Actually, it might work

          • MB30SD

            what could possibly go wrong?

    • GPLDAN

      Joe Anderson was waived when he tore his groin in 2013. No idea what condition he’s in now.

      Earl’s heart seems not to be in football anymore after his brother passed.

      Neither are good choices.

    • Viva

      Earl

  • GPLDAN
    • Cormonster

      What do think of Dan McNeil leaving the Score? Personally, I’m happy about it. I just started listening to podcasts of the show again recently and actually enjoy it now that he’s not on there.

      • GPLDAN

        I never listen to the show, only Mully and then shut it off at 9am.

        • Cormonster

          I mainly just pop on the podcasts and see who the guests are each hour. If they are talking to Bears reporters, I’ll listen to that part of the show. Mully and the post game show with Doug and OB are what I listen to mainly.

    • Viva

      Impulses are a mother fucker.

  • Cormonster

    Jimmy Garoppolo looks sharp at QB for the Patriots. Two nice TD drives, putting the ball on the money on most of his passes.

  • Viva

    I remember when:
    We use to use this venue to plead with JA to go after guys like Plaxico or TO or Ocho…

    • Trac

      Ocho is dumb as bricks. Never has been able to learn a play book.

  • Viva

    Johnny Knox would be perfect on this team…PR/KR/Slot…

    • MB30SD

      (OMFG…. how did that dude not fucking die right there on the field?!?! Holy shoulders to asscheecks batman!)

  • MB30SD

    Wooooow, I’m in love again: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/photos/2014/08/15/natalie-pack-lovely-lady-day

    Holy shit she’s amazing.

    • MB30SD

      And again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAzMZBjF6Tw

      My god she’s hot… and possibly part of the tribe.

    • Trac

      Ha! Six pack Nat? Stacked and packed? She’s young enough to be your niece mate, wouldn’t you get bored of her rather quickly? No way you’d ever get stimulating conversation out of her? He he.

      • MB30SD

        23-37 lad… but I find 28 seems to be my sweet spot. Get it?

      • MB30SD

        Not exactly what I’m looking for from a chick

  • MB30SD

    this is awesome: http://imgur.com/eYO6cNE

  • MB30SD

    I don’t know who’s worse, the refs or fucking chucky and fatboy. Jesus

    http://uproxx.com/sports/2014/08/does-this-ref-have-the-strongest-arm-in-the-nfl/

  • Cormonster

    The Seattle game next week should be a good test. The Seahawks played tonight like it was a real game in the first half. They ran the ball right down the Chargers throats without Lynch, passed effectively, and played aggressive defense. No vanilla preseason stuff. They were playing to win, even with 15 guys held out of the game. Containing Russell Wilson seems to be impossible.

    • MB30SD

      they are brutal again… or the chargers really really suck.

      both of which are entirely exclusively and/or mutually possible.

      • Trac

        or maybe even ridiculously bad and or predictably pathetic.

        • MB30SD

          suuuuuuuuuuure

    • Big Mike

      This will be as challenging and as meaningful as a preseason game can be. Their insane home stadium, where nobody has told the fans it is preseason, the way they beat the Chargers, says they aren’t having an SB hangover.

      I’m looking forward to our offense on their defense. The other way around… Not so much

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    then houses abouts this GP: http://renovomotors.com/the-coupe/

    • GPLDAN

      They made an electric car out of a Shelby Daytona kit?? That’s pretty great.

  • MB30SD
  • Shady

    Bears have reached an agreement with Santonio Holmes.

  • 505 Bears

    Doing the fantasy league this year?

  • GPLDAN

    How much upside has Holmes really got anymore?

    • MB30SD

      Lizzyfrank

    • Guest

      Of the 30 WR that were free agents he was ranked as the 15th best. He was the best one that was available now. Most of the teams that took FA WRs ahead of him, were looking for 1s or 2s. Here’s the list. From CBS sports. First # is Prisco’s rating, 2nd is Kirwan’s. This list might be suspect, it has Hester ranked ahead 13th.

      1
      DeSean Jackson
      27
      WR
      85
      90
      87.5
      Philadelphia
      Washington
      Three-year deal (4/1)

      2
      Steve Smith
      34
      WR
      81
      86
      83.5
      Carolina
      Baltimore
      Three-year deal (3/14)

      3
      Eric Decker
      27
      WR
      79
      86
      82.5
      Denver
      N.Y. Jets
      Five-year deal (3/12)

      4
      James Jones
      30
      WR
      67
      85
      76
      Green Bay
      Oakland
      Three-year deal (3/17)

      5
      Julian Edelman
      28
      WR
      69
      78
      73.5
      New England
      New England
      Agrees to terms (3/15)

      6
      Golden Tate
      26
      WR
      70
      76
      73
      Seattle
      Detroit
      Five-year deal (3/12)

      7
      Hakeem Nicks
      26
      WR
      74
      63
      68.5
      N.Y. Giants
      Indianapolis
      One-year deal (3/14)

      8
      Emmanuel Sanders
      27
      WR
      71
      60
      65.5
      Pittsburgh
      Denver
      Three-year deal (3/16)

      9
      Jacoby Jones
      30
      WR
      68
      60
      64
      Baltimore
      Baltimore
      Four-year deal (3/12)

      10
      Miles Austin
      29
      WR
      67
      50
      58.5
      Dallas
      Cleveland

      11
      Andre Roberts
      26
      WR
      59
      56
      57.5
      Arizona
      Washington
      Four-year deal (3/11)

      12
      Brandon LaFell
      27
      WR
      56
      56
      56
      Carolina
      New England
      Agrees to terms (3/15)

      13
      Devin Hester
      31
      WR
      66
      45
      55.5
      Chicago
      Atlanta
      Three-year deal (3/20)

      14
      Kenny Britt
      25
      WR
      52
      59
      55.5
      Tennessee
      St. Louis
      One-year deal (3/31)

      15
      Santonio Holmes
      30
      WR
      61
      49
      55
      N.Y. Jets
      TBD
      UFA

      16
      Dexter McCluster
      26
      WR
      50
      52
      51
      Kansas City
      Tennessee
      Three-year deal (3/11)

      17
      Sidney Rice
      27
      WR
      47
      55
      51
      Seattle
      Seattle
      One-year deal (4/16)

      18
      Lance Moore
      30
      WR
      61
      40
      50.5
      New Orleans
      Pittsburgh
      Two-year deal (3/21)

      19
      Ted Ginn
      29
      WR
      44
      45
      44.5
      Carolina
      Arizona
      Three-year deal (3/13)

      20
      Jacoby Ford
      27
      WR
      48
      40
      44
      Oakland
      N.Y. Jets
      One-year deal (4/1)

      21
      Jerome Simpson
      28
      WR
      48
      40
      44
      Minnesota
      Minnesota
      Re-signs with team (3/14)

      22
      Jerricho Cotchery
      32
      WR
      48
      40
      44
      Pittsburgh
      Carolina
      Two-year deal (3/20)

      23
      Jason Avant
      30
      WR
      45
      40
      42.5
      Philadelphia
      Carolina
      One-year deal (4/8)

      • MB30SD

        devin hester @ #14. hee hee

        • Trac

          That list has absolutely no credibility just because of that. What a crock.

        • GPLDAN

          No love for Ted Ginn

  • For your consideration….

    I’ll take vets like Holmes and Morgan as competition for the 3rd WR spot on the Bears any day of the week. No risk at all. The WR will see 30 balls this year at most with the further emergence of Jeffery. Jeffery is good for another 15 to 20 catches on top of last years total.

    • Big Mike

      Glitchy, would have gone after Santonio Holmes in free agency, overpaid and sold him to us as a #1. A perfect complement to Hester.

      • For your consideration….

        I like Jeff’s view on this one. He’s was given a shot to be a part of something special here and to expect to have a certain role. I can’t see him being disgruntled here because he’s not being told or paid to do anything more than be a solid piece of a great looking puzzle. Morgan and Holmes competing for the 3rd spot is pretty cool. both have talent. Holmes used to have prodigious talent…..

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Placeholders for Wilson I hope.

          • For your consideration….

            Wilson will have a shot when he comes back but let’s see what Morgan/Holmes do in the next few weeks. Both have way more of a track record than Wilson…even though i was pumped when we got Wilson in the 7th rd for nothing

          • Big Mike

            Wilson’s development will take a hit missing the entire preseason. I’d say he’s a candidate to be on that IR/PUP list that lets you bring the guy back in week 9 or something like that. Only issue is the club only gets 1 of those slots.

          • For your consideration….

            Mike, i don’t think the Bears would use the IR/PUP list for Wilson. They are holding that spot for a big name.

          • Big Mike

            Agreed. He’d be eligible but not likely.

        • SC Dave

          Wilson has done nothing. This whole thing reminds me of Joe Anderson, or that other WR that was cut by five teams and so many here thought was the second coming…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well Emery and Trestman saw him as the 3rd WR before the injury. That was obvious. You can’t cherry pick when ‘trusting’ they’re opinions. You can’t say ‘Trestman knows what he’s doing, he’s a O guru’, but not when it relates with Wilson because he ‘has done nothing’. If they say Wilson is the 3rd I’m exited to see him. They wouldn’t say that if he’s crap. Wilson was active in a lot of games last year and he isn’t a ST. So Trestman wanted him active even if it affected his ST depth. He was also used for a decent number of snaps, mostly for run support and clear out routes. That’s a prof of the trust he has in him. PS: Wilson is a potential play maker… and a cheap one. Which is key.

          • SC Dave

            Like playing Shea at LB.

          • MB30SD

            my god dave.

            I really want to know what you’ve seen from him this preseason that convinces you he’s not a liability out there and worth a roster spot? Is it literally just that he’s the underdog and that’s your thing?

            I’m just kinda dumbfounded what you see in him. He hasn’t even shown a glimmer of a spark. you want to give him another 3 years to get to be a mediocre once in 4 game playmaker?? So don’t understand.

          • CanadaBear

            Different dynamic Dave. Wilson is a 7th rounder. Those guys rarely get any grace period unless they show something. A 1st rounder gets a long grace period unless they are toxic.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            We’re talking Offense. They have a lot to prove in the D side. Playing McClellin at LB is the right move. He has our of position on the line, so that’s non an error. And it could even work.

  • For your consideration….

    Santonio, may you bring the passion to the game that you once had and may your body hold up while you bring it:

  • Sactowns#1

    Can you say best WR core in the NFL?

    • For your consideration….

      when your 3rd WR and effectively your 5th option is either Josh Morgan or Santonio Holmes there are going to be fear boners all throughout the NFC.

      • johnnywad

        Emery strikes again. Dude’s a fucking mercenary.

        • MB30SD

          I need him to be an OLB and S mercenary for fuck’s sake

          • johnnywad

            He will. Can’t do it all in once. O line, D line (maybe) and really good offense in a very short period of time

          • MB30SD

            sigh

    • SC Dave

      corps

      • MB30SD

        you ARE part of the intelligentsia SS.

  • Cormonster

    Bears released Weems when they signed Holmes. Can he still return kicks? I wonder if that was part of the reason they signed him.

    • For your consideration….

      nope, he’s Red Zone and crossing route /underneath gold. Scary fucking offense.

      • Trac

        Could you imagine how good the Bears would be if they had Eli Manning? hee hee

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Red Zone and crossing route /underneath gold.”

        .. but was still unsigned 2 games into the exhibition season.

        • For your consideration….

          He got hurt last year, sorry, he was averaging 20yards a catch.

          • For your consideration….

            20

  • SC Dave

    Whether the Bears offense is elite is uncertain. By the way penalties are being called this preseason, every offfense will be elite since you cannot play defense at all any more.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    I hope S. Holmes can get his “mojo” back. if he can both sides win…

    • Trac

      Yup

    • AlbertInTucson

      I think that’s a dice roll. Not saying it’s a bad move, but a dice roll nonetheless.

  • GPLDAN

    Thankfully Eric Weems is no longer a Bear.

    Trestman is not fucking around.

    • Trac

      He definitely meant it when he said he’s continually looking for ways for the Bears to get better.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And yet, Shea McClellin remains…?

        • Cormonster

          I read or heard that Lance Briggs said Shea has made the biggest improvements of anyone at training camp on defense. Hopefully that keeps up, but I’m not very confident. Like Gp said, he doesn’t play aggressive enough. Time will tell.

          • SC Dave

            One can hope that the aggressiveness will come when he’s more confident that he’s covering whatever his assignment is on the play. MB keeps pointing out that he’s not been a true LB, so I’m willing to give him a little time.

            Maybe Briggs is just talking, but perhaps the blog readership should give Lance as much creedence talking about Shea and it does with Brandon about Marquees.

          • MB30SD

            I’m personally going to give briggy’s statement about as much credence as when BMarsh said hester was the best receiver on the team and was blowing his mind.

            And someone should ask him to elaborate on scale. From what I see, the big improvement went from, ‘are you fucking kidding’ to ‘dude, I know he was your first pick ever and all that, but it’s time to stop kidding around and get a real player in there so that we don’t have a total liability at the SAM spot’

          • Big Mike

            Wrong

          • MB30SD

            guess we’ll find out when the rubber hits the road and there’s not dead cash and ‘fuck it, might as well now’ keeping him here Mike. Right?

          • Big Mike

            One of the beautiful things about football is that it’s an honest sport. The game tells you the truth. From a financial standpoint, if he’s only a back up, he’s cost effective for the next 2 possibly three years. Upside has to be classified as unknown. Need to forget that he was a #1 Draft Choice at DE and washed out there. Game 4 of preseason, We’ll see a lot Christian Jones, James Franklin, Jordan Senn and the other guy. Those are the guys fighting for a spot. Not McClellin. Everyone is excited about Jones. I like him as well. He’s played LB his entire life. He makes the squad and pushes Shea or passes him.

          • MB30SD

            But that’s the problem mike… he was anointed the starter from the get-go, and I haven’t seen anyone else get reps because of it (or very few). And he most certainly wouldn’t be a starter on a team with a top 10 D. That’s just irrefutable fact for anyone that’s watched this preseason.

            THAT is my big issue with him, not that he obviously isn’t going to work workout in the NFL. He’s cannibalizing the possibility of either finding a guy that will work, or getting one. I advocate cutting bait, because in the long run, the $2M is worth eating if it forces us to go get someone who can be our guy there for a few years to come.

          • Big Mike

            Getting reps every day in camp. The guy that might be our guy for a few years to come isn’t on the roster. The only possibility is Jones and he’ll make the cut. Going out and getting someone’s waiver wire cuts isn’t going to solve the problem for years to come. There are only 2 guys in camp that can do that. CD and Jones. Both make the squad. Jones will get 2-3 quarters of playing time in preseason game 4. Big night for him.

        • Big Mike

          So we should keep Jerry Franklin instead? Need to get over him not working out as a first round DE and look at what we have. He is a $2million cap hit, costs about a million in cash. In the 3rd year of a four year rookie contract with a fifth year club option. Even if he ends up being a backup you don’t cut him. He had 4 tackles in a 1/2 game. One was a tackle for a loss. These were only the 3rd and 4th QTRs he had ever played LB as a professional. Think there might be upside left?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Valid points. We better HOPE there’s upside.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      only won time after accepting redux his salary months ago, never produced

    • AlbertInTucson

      and special teams has to be considered a continuing area of concern.

      • SC Dave

        Kinda feels like a first to worst scenario, although we know its not THAT bad.

      • This Camels’ fault. I’m gonna keep calling him that cuz he’s a hump.
        The coach’s responsibility to target quality players. Now, we’re stuck with leftovers.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He was making Emery a bit sqWEEMish.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      He was one of the better STers last year in coverage. 2nd in tackles if I remember wright. Holmes, Morgan, Wilson, Williams don’t play ST. If these are the 6 WR they’ll use.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather tweet: “3 of 5. If I’m Seattle I sit Percy Harvin on PUP to start every season. He can’t hold up for 16 games. So just shorten his season to 10. ”

    So right.

    The geese are honking “Ooooh, how good will the Seahwaks be with Harvin all season?” when this guy has show zero durability.

    • Cormonster

      Al, is From Here to Eternity worth a watch? I love Burt Lancaster, but the movie description sounds a little boring.

      • AlbertInTucson

        DEFINITELY worthwhile viewing and yes, it IS a part of my DVD library. I understand Burt and Deborah Kerr clicked on AND off screen.

        Sgt of the Guard “Fatso”Judson (Ernest Borgnnine) to Pvt. Angelo Maggio (Frank Sinatra):

        “Tough monkey. Guys like you end up in the stockade sooner or later. Some day you’ll walk in; I’ll be waiting. I’ll show you a couple of things.”

        This is the Sinatra role alluded to in THE GODFATHER.

        • Cormonster

          Thanks Al. Gonna give it a late night watch right now. Not sure I’ll make it through tonight.

        • MB30SD

          Al, what’s a D…VD?

          • AlbertInTucson

            I still have LPs and 45s, boy.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… I just haven’t used/seen a DVD in about 2 years. Between appleTV and pay-per-view they’re obsolete. Sad.

          • AlbertInTucson

            With all due respect, MB, the fact that you don’t use them doesn’t make them obsolete at this time.

            I work in video production and I still find them a very viable medium. I also still make a LOT of DVDs for clients and supervisors.

            Peronally, I’m at about 370 features + TV shows, Cartoons, Serials, Documentaries, Sports highlights. Most are commercially produced, but few were acquired at list price. Lots of Amazon, Ebay, Trade-ins. I NEVER leave Wal-Mart without inspecting the $5 bin. Picked up the 2 Disk version of HEAT there for $3. My DVD recorder snags commercial-free versions of classics (including FROM HERE TO ETERNITY and OUT OF THE PAST) that I want to add to my collection.

            Of course, they aren’t ALL “classics”.

            ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, with Bogey and a baby Jackie Gleason, is entertaining but hardly a classic.

            There’s even SOME from THIS century!
            I really like THE KING’S SPEECH.

            I can watch a feature daily and I don’t have to “pay-per-view.”

            Yeah, I’m sure eventually DVDs will be “obsolete.’

            And me, too.

          • MB30SD

            I was actually just yanking your chain al

          • AlbertInTucson

            Well, after all, that IS what you do.

          • MB30SD

            True story. Someone’s gotta play that part, right?

        • Cormonster

          Very good movie Al. I recognized a lot of the other actors, including Donna Reed and Sheriff Lobo.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That movie is FILLED with great character actors. Sheriff Lobo is, of course, Claude Akins AKA killer/prisoner, “Joe Burdette” in Rio Bravo. Jack Warden (12 Angry Men, The Verdict) is the coporal who knows the “treatment” Prewitt (Monty Clift) is about to get for refusing to box for Capt. Dana “Dynamite” Holmes. Mickey Shaughnessy is the dolt demanding a written order to hand out live ammo, despite the fact that the barracks is being strafed. George Reeves, who gives Sgt. Warden the low-down on Karen Holmes past, had a bigger part but preview audiences reaction to seeing him (he was already TV’s SUPERMAN) caused the producers to trim his scenes, mightily.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    “According to Pro Football Focus Marshall was utilized in the slot on 43.8 percent of his snaps last season. Jeffery lined up in the slot 21.1 percent of the time.

    In comparison, Holmes lined up in the slot 25.1 percent of the time in New York last season. This is close to the amount of snaps (29.9 percent) the departed Bennett saw in 2013.

    This suggests that Holmes is a good fit to fill the role Bennett held a season ago. He and Jeffery can work primarily on the outside of formations while Marshall utilizes his size and strength to find holes in the middle of the field. According to Pro Football Focus, 60 of Marshall’s 100 receptions came inside the numbers”. (BR)

    • SC Dave

      Can Holmes return punts? Can he block?

      • For your consideration….

        He can do both but primarily he specializes in averaging 17 to 20 yards a catch and touchdowns.

        • For your consideration….

          or at least he used to

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He’s a star receiver. He doesn’t block punts. As for the returns I don’t ever remember him in that area.

  • GPLDAN

    Spurlock has to be bummed right about now.

    I thought Josh Morgan played well enough to claim the 3. How long is Williams out with the hammy?

    • MB30SD

      Phil Emery’s Waiver Wire Shopping List:
      1. Free Safety
      2. SAM Linebacker
      3. Pass catching TE
      8. Another RB

      that’s just me.

      • Perry and Draughn aren’t shabby.
        I would never have drafted Carey. Wasted pick. Never liked him. Mediocre at best. Doesn’t even play specials either.

        • MB30SD

          I’m witcha. That was my point. Between ford, perry, draughn we have enough RB fodder… it’s not and shouldn’t be a focus. We need a real FS and a real SAM. Period. Those are our two most glaring needs.

          • Big Mike

            A broken record…

          • MB30SD

            Bag ‘o mike…

        • Big Mike

          Hating on the draft choices. Who else?

          • I’m not sold in Fales, but have to defer to Trest since he is a qb guru.
            But still, Fales almost forces us to carry 3 QBs when we desperately could use that extra slot (if we only carried 2 like last year) for LB/SP teamer.

          • Big Mike

            Clausen’s only 3 years older than Fales. I think he’s going to the practice squad. Nobody will claim him. Unless he lights it up in game 4.

    • Big Mike

      You cannot say that about Carey. He’s a rookie and it is still the preseason. Crazy talk.

      • He sucks.

        • Big Mike

          Based on what?

          • my eyes. his tape. His COLLEGE highlights didn’t wow me.
            And that was college.
            And those were his “highlights”.
            You don’t think Perry or Draughn, or even Lynch ran better than him thus far?

          • Only reason he won’t get cut is cuz he’s a draft pick, and he can pick up the blitz and catch. But no specials, and avg runner (if that) won’t help much.

          • Big Mike

            Picking up the blitz and catching are pretty big requirements. 3800 yards says he can carry the ball. Bears drafted him for a reason. So of course he stays. That is true for every team in the league. When you say average runner, are you talking about combine stats?

          • ah, shoot. I wrote this long ass scouting report, then the site took a crap.
            So, in sum. I think Draughn, Perry are more explosive and possess more upside than Carey, but Carey is safer.

          • Big Mike

            Let’s see in college he had 3,800 yards in his last 2 seasons. The guy finds yards. He needs some time. He isn’t going anywhere. We’re talking about a roster spot, not replacing Forte. I think Draughn has the back up slot sewn up. Draughn, yes, Perry has made no impression on my whatsoever. Lynch.. seriously? He was a Heisman finalist playing against undrafted free agents and camp bodies. Lynch might be good down the line. He needs time. Practice Squad for him.

  • GPLDAN

    Nobody wants any part of Michael Bush. He’s like an Caddy with 75,000 miles on it; ditch it.

    I wonder what the story is there; all the fight went out of the guy when he cracked his ribs.

    • SC Dave

      Maybe the several million dollars he made playing football convinced him that getting his body destroyed was a bad idea.

    • AlbertInTucson

      A Cadillac is no good after $75K?

      Yeesh.

      Nice goin’, General Motors.

      Remember when a Caddy was THE American Luxury Car.

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Clowney abused Sam Baker (2008 1st Rounder) and later Baker tore his patella and is out for the year.

      #badmojo

  • CanadaBear

    Have to laugh about Jeff and the airline peanuts. Good god Jeff, how long has it been since you’ve been on a plane? They haven’t handed out peanuts in years. Gotta protect all those people with peanut allergies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MB30SD

      i like the mini pretzels if I gots to chose… alas, it’s much more healthy to just take a few of your favorite protein bars with you

      • Big Mike

        Air travel sucks.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather tweet:

    ” If Sammy Watkins is seriously hurt you think Doug Marrone will say, “He went down, its unfortunate, but he needed the reps.” (Answer: No.)”

    A little CONTEXT makes that tweet look downright IGNORANT, Blogfather.

    You make it sound like Watkins was running with Buffalo’s 2s or 3’s in the 3rd or 4th quarter when, in fact, Watkins was dinged less than FIVE MINUTES into the game.

    Is Doug Marrone supposed to be clairvoyant and not play his top pick AT ALL and have him get NO reps? “Learn the playbook by osmosis, Sammie.’

  • Anyone know where I can watch Hard Knocks Falcons? It’s for a…friend…

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