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Four Positions to Watch Tonight and the Second Preseason Game Thread

| August 14th, 2014

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There’s only one more week of survival remaining for the Chicago Bears roster. One more injury-less week and the preseason will be considered a success, having only lost last year’s seventh-round pick Marquess Wilson to an injury of significance.  One more week.

Four positions to focus on tonight.

Backup Quarterback

Marc Trestman’s decision to move Jimmy Clausen into the backup role tonight means the organization has decide whom they’d like to win the spot. Both Trest and Emery have made no attempt to hide their excitement over Clausen since he auditioned for them a few months ago.

A few thoughts on this:

  1. Why play Cutler at all tonight? Jay will receive ample work next week against the Seattle Seahawks during the “dress rehearsal”. Wouldn’t it make sense to give his potential backup a few series behind a starting offensive line and with the weapons he might be tossing to in regular season action?
  2. Clausen’s biggest advantage over Jordan Palmer is Palmer won’t sign elsewhere. Bears can keep him close by without serious risk of losing him.

Third Wide Receiver

I’ve argued for months the Bears lack of depth at the wide receiver position is playing with fire and they’ve gone from relying upon an unproven 7th round draft pick who produced a whopping 2 catches a year ago to a collection of journeymen.

With Chris Williams feeling more like a speed specialist, Josh Morgan has an opportunity over the next three weeks to assume this role and his track record in the league would lead most to believe the job belongs to him.

According to Jim Miller on the preseason opener, three wides is the most utilized offensive formation in the NFL. He also said that night Jordan Lynch played Division III college football. So he could be very wrong.

Right Tackle

Does anybody know the actual status of Jordan Mills? I don’t. But I do know that when a player has surgery on a foot, especially an offensive lineman, then re-injures that foot, it’s not a good thing. And when that injury results in a walking boot I tend to expect the pain to linger.

The problem? Eben Britton, the backup plan, is also dealing with a nagging hamstring injury. The Tribune’s Rich Campbell reported Michael Ola is expected to start and one wonders if it’s not a realistic opportunity for Ola to find himself a position on the club’s roster come September.

Free Safety

It sure seems like some combination of Adrian Wilson and Ryan Mundy will be filling the team’s need at strong safety. But who will line up opposite them?

I said everything I needed to say about Chris Conte in THIS COLUMN FROM EARLIER IN THE WEEK. Conte needs to get on the field and contribute immediately if he’s going to be the opening day starter – the best case scenario for the Bears.

If Conte can’t go, do the Bears continue moving Mundy to an uncomfortable spot? Can Brock Vereen elevate his play? Danny McCray? Worth watching how the Bears handle the position throughout the initial fifteen minutes.

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  • Big Mike

    Good Morning.

  • Shady

    Everyone ready for some football tonight?? Woot wooooot!

    (Remember to call your doctor if your Bearce bone lasts for more than 4 hours)

    • GPLDAN

      Always be mindful of an engorged Ditka

      • MB30SD

        I like my Ditka engorged… actually, is there any other type?

  • For your consideration….

    Keep telling myself, “must have productive work day to watch game” over and over. I can’t read Bears articles and watch bears vids on the site. I have to earn the privilege.

  • MB30SD

    Who’s gots the chats?

    Where’s erik? Where’s rabbit? Why have they abandoned us?

    • CanadaBear

      I would say yes. MBP will probably show up once the season starts. I’m pretty sure Super has moved on.

      • MB30SD

        *sniff*

        • CanadaBear

          Yeah, you hate to lose great posters like MBP and Super. Oh well. We have new posters showing up every day (or else they are old posters with new names) and most of them are contributing. I’m afraid what this place will be like if The Beloved take off. Hopefully the bandwagon bunch won’t be a bunch of meathead douchebags.

          • MB30SD

            I’m texting with both erik and rabbit right now

            both alive and will come back when they have time

            And yeah, we’ll have to put a kibosh on those tools.

          • GPLDAN

            You are DBB’s Personal Jesus.

            (i.e. Jewish, with long hair, a killer beard, and a penchant for bring strays back into the flock. Also Jesus liked chicks with big tits, that was in one of those New testament books the Romans threw out)

          • MB30SD

            fucking romans.

            I wish I could still grow hair my mainjs. I can def do a phat beard in about 2 weeks flat (as all of us can)… but I look more like a fucking jihadi or a seal on assignment.

            Chicks do NOT like the shaved head/fat fuzzy beard combo. At least not outside of viking finland in times of yore.

            As for strays, meh, I don’t give enough of a fuck usually… but erik and rabbit are good peeps and would love to have their contributions again. We’ll sees.

    • Shady

      YOU tell US MB30SD… They were YOUR protégés…They were last seen hanging out with YOU… To detective Nuggets, YOU’RE the primary suspect…

      By the way, has anyone seen Butch lately? (last seen in a kale massage parlor with MB)

  • mediabandit

    I agree with your thinking except at O line. From everything I read, sitting Mills is precautionary. However, I think you are missing the obvious question at Linebacker. The team wants it to be McClelin but I don’t remember hearing his name called even once last week. He struggles with run defense. Bostic on the other hand may be good on the run but apparently can’t figure out his assignments in coverage. Run stopping is technique, pass coverage is intelligence (or lack therof in this case). What to do?

    • Peanut FTW

      Well, if it’s that simple then you play Chicken Dinner simply because you can’t fix stupid. Unfortunately I don’t think it is that simple. I think Greene needs to be given more of a chance there. Bostic may be needed at Mike as DJ is turning into a chandelier and let Mclellan learn how to tackle on STs. I also like the youngster, Jones quite a bit. I think he will be pretty good come next season.

      • MB30SD

        Have you been reading me?

        All of this.

  • “I’ve argued for months the Bears lack of depth at the wide receiver position is playing with fire”

    They signed 2 competent veterans (Hixon and Morgan) and had a young guy they liked (Wilson) all competing for the 3rd WR spot. You can’t blame them for having 2/3 out by mid training camp.

    • Blur of Ions

      Gotta agree here. Attrition is a bitch, but that’s the NFL. I trust in Trestman to adapt his offense to fit the players he has.

    • johnnywad

      Agreed. 3rd WR isn’t typically a big deal. This offense has so many weapons, it would seem a pretty ordinary player will work there. You have two receivers, a tight end and a running back that will all catch more balls than 3rd WR.

      • I worry about the WR depth right now. It’s just important to note they’ve already lost 2 of their top 3 backups. They can’t afford more injuries.

        • For your consideration….

          Woodman, Morgan is no slouch and will be the #3. He is a quality WR in this league and I view him as more of a known quantity than Wilson at this point.

          • MB30SD

            …and don’t sell yourself short judge… you’re a tremendous slouch.

          • I think Morgan is just fine as a 3rd WR. Nothing special, but fine. But I worry about depth because now they’re 1 injury away from them having issues trying to find a WR. But it took 2 injuries to get to this point, so that’s quality depth to begin with.

    • For your consideration….

      agreed, Morgan is not some bum off of the street. Hixon had experience as did Spurlock. Morgan is my pick to click. 6’1 210 slot guy with ball skills and experience is not bad at all

      • MB30SD

        That’s what she said.

        • Shady

          You want to throw down tonight before or after the game?

          • MB30SD

            yes. what times iz youz thinkings?

      • CanadaBear

        Morgan’s supposed to be an aggressive downfield blocker. Between BMarsh, Alshon, Black Uni and Morgan, if Forte gets loose in the secondary there are going to be a lot of 20-40 yd gains. Can’t wait to see Williams skittering around the secondary but you know he’s not going to be blowing up any DB’s downfield.

        • For your consideration….

          how’s retirement you goddamn considerate, insightful and pleasant Canadian bastard?

          • CanadaBear

            Just arrived in Nanaimo (Vancouver Island) yesterday. The moving truck should show up tomorrow. No more mountain living for me. I’m on Island time. Johnny if you ever find yourself on the Island, let me know. I’d love to get together with you (and your family if they are with you). One of these seasons I’m going to get together with the Bears Brotherhood at a game in Soldier Field.

            Needless to say, retirement is going well. Hope all is well on your end and Momma is feeling fine.

          • For your consideration….

            We are good. Momma and baby/fetus/alien being? are healthy and she has completely bought into Trestman’s system as well.
            I’ve got my Canadian accent down pat because I watch a lot of Property Brothers. i’ll fit right in up there although my son would probably bite your leg or break something valuable to you but it’s out of love, not hatred or anger.

          • MB30SD

            one of the girls I’m dating and i had that discussion. the design one is gay (NTTAWWT) and the construction one is straight… right?

          • For your consideration….

            I thought design one was straight (NTTAWWT) and the construction one was gay.

          • MB30SD

            really? how the fuck does that work out? Anyway, whatever, they both seem like nice, talented, good peeps. Know what other show I like… house hunters Int’l.

            Amazing what you can get for $500 in Mainland Mex… fucking mansion on the beach.

            Also like list it or leave it, the bald gay dude cracks me up… and the new one with the other pair… the chick is hot.

  • Trac

    Its game day trivia time boys and MB!

    The winner gets a free big chicken dinner next time I come to town. Nawt!

    What do the Bears have in common with the following teams?

    Seahawks
    Bucs
    Chiefs
    Saints
    Jets
    Rams

    • johnnywad

      They all end in s? Where’s my chicken Trac?

      • Trac

        Not that. Good one though.

    • MB30SD

      They’ve all had DCs as an hc

      • Trac

        Nope. Those are our peers MB. Along with the Bears, all those Teams have won the Super Bowl once. Even the Colts have two SB victories. Gag!

        As much as it pains me to say this, the Fudge are in the group of teams that have multiple SB victories and until we win it again, we’re Silver Standard at best.

        • MB30SD

          So you’re discounting our very rich history? ??? What’s the cutoff?

          • Trac

            Perennial playoff appearances?

  • Trac

    So many questions Jeff brings up. It’s amazing he’s able to get any sleep at all.

    Go Bears!

  • GPLDAN

    Biggsy was on the Score this morning. His breakfast was 6 scrambled eggs wrapped into a fried tortilla with a foot long polish and chili, gardinia and hot sauce.

    Anyhow, he said don’t be fooled by Miller, the Bears are well aware the guy has only played 4 games healthy since the start of the 2011 season and that you might see more of Rosario tonight. Bears like Rosario and have him projected to be out there with Unicorn and use Mulligan for run blocking situations.

    • For your consideration….

      I like Rosario just as much as Miller I think. I also had forgotten how fucking big Fiametta is. If you can get that guy a head of steam with a little dump off out of the backfield he will put some corner or safety in the hospital.

  • Jokey

    What’s with the Irish Pub photo?

    • For your consideration….

      isn’t that where the Chicago fan was knifed to death?

      • For your consideration….

        damnit, I should be working, I have to get some work done, ok i’m going

      • DaMurph

        No, Was Finn McCools irish pub

        • MB30SD

          MUUUURPH!!!

          post summa dem pics my man!

        • For your consideration….

          all you irish look the same to me

    • Shady

      Lynch’s Irish Pub
      4.0/5.0
      36 reviews
      $$ • Irish Pub • Beaches
      514 1st St N, Jacksonville Bch, FL 32250
      (904) 249-5181
      Open today · 11:00 am – 2:00 am

      Could also be a reference to Jordan Lynch?

    • SC Dave

      Obviously, Jeff was looking for Irish.

  • AlbertInTucson

    4 reasonable expectations. No arguments from here.

  • Shady

    It’s not a specific position per se, but I want to see a big improvement on special teams. Last week’s effort from that unit was spotty to say the least.

    • MB30SD

      You know, I was watching that game… I thought the 1st team actually did a pretty damn good job.

      What did I miss?

      • Shady

        Blocked FG, average punting, no return blocking/juking, a few suspect snaps, let a kickoff return go for a TD. What else am I missing?

        • MB30SD

          That all happened on the 1st team? Hmmm… I only watched midway into the 2nd quarter so far and things seemed really solid.

          • Shady

            No.

          • MB30SD

            oooooooookkkkaaaaaay.

          • our sp teams sucked balls, man. I’m still not sold on DeCamel.
            The only electric returner is Williams. Who’s our long snapper? Who’s our studly gunner?
            The punting is interesting. To me, they seem even, but I doubt we cut our drafted P.
            We let a return go for a TD, a FG blocked, we muffed a punt, etc…in ONE game.
            That’s lack of focus and preparation which falls on…DeCamel.

          • MB30SD

            1st pre season game maings. Not worried about it yet. If we have the same results in the final PS game I’ll start shitting.

            That said, I never liked or trusted decam or fucking tucker. Hope they pull it together but both should be on almost zero rope this year. blow shit up or get the fuck out.

          • KC’s sp teams was kicking ass in the first game. Almost didn’t matter who they put in there. We all know why that is (rhymes with Toub).
            But we’ll see. I’m optimistic by nature and am hoping these are just growing pains.

          • MB30SD

            I wish we could get toub back and bring in a real DC. Can you imagine that shit next year with one more of phil’s surgical offseasons. Deeums. a girl can dream.

          • CanadaBear

            Actually our return game was top 5 last year (because of a great returner who shall remain nameless). Our defense on ST’s was mediocre. I would love to get Toub back but that’s not gonna happen. Considering all the injuries last year the ST’s roster was changing from week-to-week. I’m not sold on CamelToe but like Tucker, they deserve a mulligan (and further watching).

          • Shady

            I don’t trust DaCamel either. A special teams coordinator should look like a military man. Conservative, clean cut, straightforward, etc. so that he projects what he preaches. DaCamel looks like a fucking slob and the specials unit has been just as ugly.

          • and his biggest red flag: from the cowboys.

  • why is Ola starting?
    I’ve like James Brown from day 1, and I don’t see why we don’t give him a chance (unless we’re trying to stash him by playing with the scrubs). I was very surprised Brown played LT last game (and well) since he was a RT being converted to OG. If he can hang with the #1 squad, then he’d be a real asset as a back-up at every position except C just in case Britton and the rest aren’t ready by the start of the season.

    • MB30SD

      Obviously rumors of your demise have been greatly exaggerated.

      New phone? Same #?

      • Was gonna hook up an Iphone.
        Yeah, I know I know, but I got an insanely good deal on one since someone I knew was getting rid of his cuz he was moving to China.
        BUT, it didn’t quite work out (for reasons that are too techy and tedious to post here), so I’m gonna go get one later today.
        Feels odd being disconnected from the matrix. Need to insert tentacles into my neck again.
        So, for now, send me conquest pics via my gmail, except for the dudes bwhaha (NTTAWWT)

        • MB30SD

          I’m an equal opty conqueror. It’s all good for the ego.

  • We need to sign Orton and start him!
    We need to start Lynch over Forte!
    The Tall Whites don’t like Shark Week!

    OK. I don’t believe this, but I miss Irish’s outlandishness and will sporadically make declarations that are Irish-y.

    • MB30SD

      you’re a comic geek right?

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/14/showbiz/batman-v-superman-aquaman/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

      Jason momoa as aquaman?!?! The dude is a 6’4″ 220 lb samoan/hawaiian… wasn’t aquaman nordic (or an arian)?

      • Yeah, but most of the original comic heroes were anglo given when they were created.

        Hell, even Super-man to an extent, and he was created by one of your tribe.

        I don’t know many Jews that look like SuperMan lol

        So It’s no surprise that some of the heroes are getting diversified. As long as it works, it’s cool with me.

        It’s like the blonde James Bond. Takes a lil while, but I thought he did a good job.

        • MB30SD

          actually lot of jews do… dark wavy hair and light eyes. If I had hair, I’d look ‘in that mold’ a little.

          Yeah, I liked the bond pick… thought skyfall was pretty lame though. lazy and relied too much on special effects rather than the classic bond smarts and smarm. oh well, we’ll always have sean.

          • “If I had hair, was 6’5, and resembled a greek god, I would look like superman” – MB.

          • MB30SD

            I’m small, but I’m slow (and ugly).

            I do look like a greek god, just a 5’9″ one. hahaha… don’t make me send you a dic pic (when you actually get a phone again)

    • Shady

      We tried throwing out some Irish bait on the last thread, but the crazy weren’t biting.

      • For your consideration….

        I bit a little.

        • some alien chum?

          • For your consideration….

            crazy 9/11 and Ray Rice shit. Regretfully.

        • GPLDAN

          Jericho!

          • For your consideration….

            i’m trying to be kinder gentler Waffle like when I morphed into Waffle 2.0 back in 2012

          • GPLDAN

            yeah good luck with that.

          • MB30SD

            fuck that. we likes you just the way you iz

          • CanadaBear

            No offense but I never noticed!

    • Trac

      Irish made some good arguments and though they weren’t main stream, they weren’t as batty as starting Orton over Cutty.

      C’mon back Irish.

      • Actually, he wanted to keep McCown and give Cutty the boot before the latter signed the big contract.
        Which is nuttier, Orton over Cutler, or McCown over Cutler?

        • Trac

          There was a compelling argument for doing that. I still can’t say Cutty has won me over yet. I’m about 80% there.

    • GPLDAN

      Sign Champ Bailey!

      (I’m trying to get in the whole Irish spirit)

  • GPLDAN

    Ola is being groomed at RT to back up Mills.
    James Brown is working out at LT, harder position, to back up Bushrod

    I doubt they will want to mix them up now.

    With the Seahawks powerful D line, tonight will be the test and hope no more OL get rolled up on.

    • Trac

      Seahawks? Jags mean you?

      • GPLDAN

        Sorry Seahawks next week – trying to get outta here and catch the train – tonight we don’t want any more injuries and next week would be the big test because starters will play heavy minutes and Seahawks have the baddest ass DL in football.

        • Cormonster

          How long a commute do you have each way? My cousin lives in the far NW burbs. About 1.5 hours each way. 15 minutes to Lake Forest, 1 hr train ride, 15 minute walk from Union Station. Not sure I could do that.

          • MB30SD

            fuuuuuck that noise. I’m not a city boy anyway, but that would quickly destroy my soul (after like 3 weeks).

          • GPLDAN

            I live in LaGrange. 40m on train, I live within walking distance of the train and I work within walking distance of Union.

  • Trac

    Is tonight’s game worth watching? I’m vascilating between deep dish and the game vs mowing the yard.

    Ehhh, deep dish it is.

    • For your consideration….

      You have chosen wisely.

      • Trac

        Lol. I could eat deep dish, er……., I mean watch the Bears evra night.

    • MB30SD

      the weather must be like 107 there right now… with like 107% humidity right? Pay a motherfucker to mow your lawn… whatever the cost.

      Or am I thinking about houston? I remember my dad complaining that it actually got hotter from 1-9 PM. weird… again, fuck that.

      • Trac

        Actually, due to global warming(wink, wink), this summer has been one of the mildest/coolest on record but yes, when it’s uber hot , life sucks around here.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, no thanks. I’ve never been to austin, but what I’ve seen of texas (houston, dallas, el paso, some of the gulf cities), you’re welcome to it my maing. I’ll hang here in the land of fish tacos, pineapple mojitos, and great white sharks.

          • Cormonster

            Pineapple mojitos? That sounds very intriguing (and very tasty).

          • MB30SD

            they’re pretty girly, but I don’t give a fuck… they taste like 28 yr old hawaiian strange. Delishiouz.

        • AlbertInTucson

          They changed it to “Global Climate Change” , Trac. Try and keep up or AlGore’s minions will brand you a heretic.

  • SC Dave

    Thread hijack risk: Moderate.

    I am in one of America’s true hells. Wasted my auto (no damage to people) and must buy a vehicle so I can get out of this gawd awful Yaris I’ve rented. Looking for a crossover / wagon so my excuse for not kayaking is gone.

    Recommendations?
    Tricks and tips for getting a better deal?

    • Cormonster

      I know a few people that own each of the first two and are happy with them.

    • Sactowns#1

      I’ve liked all my Subarus, take them skiing in the winter and kayaking in the summer. The newer ones have vastly improved MPG too. If yuo do go with a Subaru get the Outback. The resale is MUCH better. I would say check Craigs list and make sure you look in the surrounding areas. From your description I’m guessing youre somewhere in the central valley http://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/4603751444.html

      • MB30SD

        dave’s in south carolina maings. little diff than visalia.

        Dave, sac has good recs on subaru. Never owned one cause they’re gawd awful ugly (sorry sac), but I’ve heard nothing but good things from a couple outdoorsy buddies who have them and run them ragged out in mo nat

        As for buying, there are websites dedicated to what you should bring in. Basically tells you exactly what to print up before you go in and slap that shit on the table and say, I know this is what I want to pay for the car. If they balk, go to another dealer.

        • CanadaBear

          My friend at work does his homework and if he’s not getting what he wants he goes home and does the rest by E-mail.

        • SC Dave

          Guess im with sac in function over form. So chick magnet I’ll never be

    • Sactowns#1

      Oh and the CRV is vastly underpowered.

    • For your consideration….

      Go with the Forester or Outback you hippie, it comes with a subscription to The Huffington Post, the online version and a secret printed version that comes signed by Pelosi.

  • #cutlergo
    that is all.

  • McGinest on NFL Network just said that Mel Tucker will eventually become a head coach because, quote, “Players respond to him.”

    • Trac

      Ok Brah, we shall see.

  • Our D just got walked down the field by the Jags with Henne. HENNE.
    A bit worrisome.
    Bostic blew that last play up though. He’s a monster when he’s not lost. Like my wang.

  • Fuller going to locker room. RUH-ROH

  • For your consideration….

    Fuller ankle

  • For your consideration….

    Shea and mcray are brutal

    • For your consideration….

      Jennings hurt

  • Trac

    If our D plays like this all year , we b in trouble.

    • The JAGS. Literally, the worst O last year.
      Imagine what Det or Pack would do.
      We have NO push from our front 4.
      Our LBs look lost
      Our secondary is actually holding up well considering the front 7 is so abysmal.

  • It wouldn’t be a Bears game without a SP team fuck up.
    DeCamel.

  • For your consideration….

    Lol, weems

    • GPLDAN

      FUCK Weems

  • About time. Paea blew that shit up

  • For your consideration….

    McCray just played himself off the team

  • For your consideration….

    Brutal illegal contact

  • beninnorcal

    This whole new bullshit ticky tacky DB illegal contact will ruin the NFL as we know it if it lasts into real games. This is fucking bullshit!!

    • For your consideration….

      that was bad

  • bearsfantillend

    shit tillman just hurt his groin again

    • looks like it.
      I guess our entire CBs are gonna get hurt in this game

  • For your consideration….

    Tilman hurt groin

    • Shady

      I think he just got kicked in the junk.

      • I would never wish that on a man, but in this case, I hope that’s what it was.

  • Surprise. That was on Hayden.
    That should be nice when Peanut and Fuller are out.

  • Trac

    We still make opposing QB’s look like Joe Montanna. Smh.

  • Trevor Scott has really impressed me thus far. He always seems to disrupt.

  • CanadaBear

    Just read Jax has run 26 plays this quarter. We have run 3

    • I posted the link down there “pirate”.
      3 and out on O. Then weems fumbles the KR.
      Our D is letting the Jags inch them to death.

      • CanadaBear

        I tried the pirate feed and it didn’t give me a warm fuzzy. I’ve been following on the Trib’s twitter feed.

  • GPLDAN

    MB was right: Hayden sucks

    • MB30SD

      I don’t fuck around

    • For your consideration….

      McCray just played himself off of the 1st , 2nd and 3rd string.

      • MB30SD

        Why?

    • I banged that drum all offseason. Pissed they kept him over Bowman.

  • For your consideration….

    Shea has no clue what to do on bootlegs, passing downs. Jags going right at him and McCray

    • For your consideration….

      he must not be allowed to play LB this year.

      • CanadaBear

        I really hope we don’t hang onto him just because of the 1st pick thing. I hope he turns it around but if he isn’t one of the best 5-6 LB’s this year he should be sent packing.

        • MB30SD

          This. He’s horrible.

          McCray not looking bad tho

          • For your consideration….

            McCray??? are you fucking McCrayzie? he’s not in position, doesn’t make any plays on the ball, has no fucking awareness of guys crossing into his zone, etc.

            He is gone. I promise.

        • For your consideration….

          it’s really bad. They can’t defend what he did tonight. a couple of plays he didn’t have to be a linebacker and he did ok but when he had to use instincts and LB skill he simply couldn’t do anything. The TE for the Jags knows exactly where to settle in when Shea is around

  • Shady

    The Bears used to count on their ST advantage to create points, now their ST unit is a liability leading to points for their opponents.

    #Feelssowrong

    • DeCamel.

      • Scharfinator

        The Camel Ass has got to go. Said it last year. 🙁

  • Trac

    Forte just got blown up.

    • bearsfantillend

      and again

    • Trac

      And again.

    • This is why I wanted an angry 4rth round HB.

  • We’re getting owned on all 3 levels by the JAGS.

    • Trac

      Hence my silver standard comment earlier. If we suck this year I’m gonna unload at some point in time.

  • For your consideration….

    Garza run blocking is just not happening this year. Bad.

    • I think Trestman cares more about protecting Cutler than running the ball.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Protect the Franchise.

    • Shady

      Ola looking like Ole out there.

    • bearsfantillend

      it didnt happen last year either

  • beninnorcal

    Fucking preseason, this looks more like it than last week.

  • beninnorcal

    Oh fuck

  • Our pass protection is in inverse proportion to our run blocking.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, but we’ll find out next week.

  • Jacques Lacan

    “When you have points of emphasis you emphasize the points.” Uber!!!!

  • I say we cheap shot their rookie WR. See how they like it.

    • I’d say cheap shot their star player, but they don’t have any.

  • For your consideration….

    I almost booked a flight to Jacksonville to kills that guys family.

  • For your consideration….

    let’s just kneel until 3rd down instead of running it and then just convert it with a pass to Alshon brandon or martellus. it will save energy.

  • Paul Stuart

    fucking piece of shit malicious mother fucker.

  • beninnorcal

    I think that lack of run game is a preseason vanilla kinda thing. Saving all the good stuff.

  • our immaculate 1.2 yd avg per run

    • beninnorcal

      It’s not negative yardage? I’m kinda surprised.

      • as my coach used to shout, “You can’t even get 2 yds!? You only need to fall forward to gain two yds, and you can’t even do that god damn thing right!” (I wasn’t the RB).

  • beninnorcal

    I forgot, what ever happened to Michael Bush?

  • For your consideration….

    for as putrid as Garza is in the run game he is excelling this year in pass protection

    #CutlersFleshCannonofSweetDeath

  • Greene looks like a cheetah. Sleek.

  • For your consideration….

    Trevor Scott continues to look good

    • Yup. He’s looked better than Houston.

      • For your consideration….

        i’d say same as Houston but better than Allen

        • For your consideration….

          where was Young tonight?

          • For your consideration….

            inactive

          • johnnywad

            Jesus. He’s not hurt is he?

          • For your consideration….

            dont know

          • knee bruise. Didn’t want to risk him in the preseason. he’s fine.

  • Shady

    Prepare your Angerer.

  • Clausen time.

  • bearsfantillend

    wow a play without a penalty

  • Trac

    Mattay had 4 rushes for -2 yds. Not liking the fact that on at least two of those runs he got absolutely pummeled. If you’re going to put Forte in during the preseason, he shouldn’t be allowed to get blown up like that.

  • Shady

    I didn’t know shaun draughn was that quick, thought he was bigger and slower. He’s looked decent.

    • SC Dave

      He’s. The change of pace that ford does not bring

  • Jacques Lacan

    Bortels & James – isn’t that a wine cooler?

    • Shady

      Oh bonjour capitan jack lacan!

  • For your consideration….

    And the Zach Miller era is over. Carted off with foot injury.

    • GPLDAN

      Biggsy was right this morning – guy is made of glass

      • Shady

        #BiggsTime

      • For your consideration….

        Biggsy is made of Creme Brulee

    • Shady

      Yet another tough break for the guy.

    • For your consideration….

      #wheresFendi?

    • SC Dave

      🙁

  • For your consideration….

    is it just me or is our pass protection really good these past 2 games?

    • Shady

      For the most part. Still some weak links at C and T.

    • SC Dave

      We’ll find out next week

  • Jacques Lacan

    Jon Gruden and Mike Krzyzewski have very poor sinuses..,

  • SC Dave

    Is Clausen hair that bad, or was that just helmet hair?

    • For your consideration….

      he’s losing it badly, always had weird hairline

      • Scharfinator

        He should just rock the Hasselbeck and rock the dome.

  • beninnorcal

    Pat O’D. ftw, anyone?

    • Shady

      The less we see of the punter the better.

  • Shady

    I’m predicting Never Fales outperforms both Clausen and Palmer in the 2nd half.

    • SC Dave

      Ballsy, but we gotta do better,no?

      • Shady

        Predictions are like assholes, Dave. Palmer should do better against the Yags 3rd+ stringers.

  • johnnywad

    Weems is no Morgan

    • Shady

      Nice catch on 3rd down. Looks like the best of the rest.

      • johnnywad

        And bigger

  • SC Dave

    Blake bortles owning our D. It’s going to be a looong sewson

    • For your consideration….

      Bears are just playing all of the guys that are on the bubble or may be needed at other positions. don’t read too much into it.

      • beninnorcal

        I’m going to agree with Johnny, this game resembles preseason alot more than last week’s did.

        • beninnorcal

          Meaningless and super gay.

          • For your consideration….

            I’m sorry but at this point i don’t want to see Shea in there anymore. I’d feel better with Greene or Bostic or even give Jones a shot. Shea has no instincts for it. How many fucking times in a row can you fall for a bootleg?

          • Shady

            He may be blitzing on some of those plays, or selling out on the run. Definitely looks lost in coverage.

          • SC Dave

            Bostic has a whole seasons worth already. .. greene loks to be the only one that gets it…. our guys have some learning to do

  • For your consideration….

    shea faked out by another half assed bootleg

    • GPLDAN

      But he also blanketed a releasing TE twice. Gotta see the whole field to know, especially since he seems slow to react to the outside throws.

      • For your consideration….

        where’s a Pisa or Nick Roach when you need them?

        • Shady

          Or Anderson.

          • For your consideration….

            pick up the goddamn ball James!

          • Shady

            I know.

          • Cormonster

            Anderson reminds me of AJ Hawk. Can make a lot of tackles, but usually after a 5-7 yard gain. Has anyone even picked him up this year?

          • he’s in NE.

  • beninnorcal

    Whatever happenned to Justin Blackmon?

    • For your consideration….

      booze and drugs, suspended

      • beninnorcal

        Wow. That didn’t take long.

      • Shady

        x3

      • AlbertInTucson

        He’s a grease fire.

      • bearsfantillend

        Jags still havent officially given up on him and cut him yet

  • beninnorcal

    One thing the Bears have done consistently so far is sucking on ST’s. Brutal.

  • SC Dave

    Good fucking god sign earl

    • johnnywad

      I think Morgan can hold down that 3rd WR spot. Looks solid enough to me. Especially with Wilson likely due to come back in the first half of the season.

  • For your consideration….

    Trevor Scott and Shea are fighting to make this squad. Trevor will, Shea will not.

    • Shady

      No way, too political. Different positions. I think they both make it.

      • For your consideration….

        but Shea is just so bad.

        • Shady

          I know. He just needs to get mean, he’s gotta get angry!

          Somebody throw a wrench at his balls.

          • important to remember: Bears are tight against cap and cutting Shea costs them $2M in cap space more than keeping him on the roster.

            If he bombs he’s gone next offseason, when it will make financial sense. For now he’s on the roster at least as a backup, but realistically they handed him the starting SLB spot. He’ll play about half the D snaps this season.

        • johnnywad

          Looks like Emery whiffed on Shea. Time to own it like a man. I think he’ll do what’s right.

          • Cormonster

            Shea is always around the ball, but he never actually makes the play. Give him a few more weeks to learn the new position.

          • johnnywad

            Too late to cut him then. I’d hate to try and hide Christian Jones on the practice squad for the same of giving Shea another week or two. Jones would likely be gone in a hurry.

          • Cormonster

            Honestly, I have no clue what they should do with Shea. Leave it up to the coaches and see what happens.

          • CanadaBear

            I think if the new old-school coaches Herring and Pasquolone (sp?) both say he can’t play and Tucker backs up that opinion, PE will swallow his pride and cut bait.

  • Shady

    Gruden: I like this Ka’deem Cary.

    Who DON’T you like Chucky?

    Random ref in the booth: That’s a good challenge, except he was out of bounds.

    Smfh

    • GPLDAN

      Carey’s college coach was RichRod and he played the spread. Yuck. He looked slow in college.

      • CanadaBear

        When you watch his highlights you get pretty excited. Then you realize absolutely everyone on the D can catch him.

      • Wasted draft pick IMO. Senorice and Lynch look better to me. Ford is done. Weird.

        Fales might be a wasted draft pick too, but I’ll have to grudgingly defer to Trestman the QB whisperer.

  • For your consideration….

    Ok, honesty time.

    SAM LB is a huge problem.

  • GPLDAN

    Anybody see Flatbread sporting his swim move? I like it, he looks like a Hawaiian surfer paddling out from North Oahu.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    On the plus side, Cutler looked razor sharp! D looks like it’s gonna be bend but don’t break.

    • Shady

      What up BDiT? Cutler is gonna be fucking money baby.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Buzy, picked up a 2nd job (teaching intro to accounting at a local community college) and my 3rd kid (2nd son) was born 2 weeks ago but I’m back now and ready for this season to start.

        • Shady

          Congrats amigo! Welcome back to Bearce football.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Thanks maing! Daaaaaaaa Bearssssss!

        • For your consideration….

          congrats man!

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Thanks!

        • CanadaBear

          Congrats! Glad you’re back.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Thanks Canada, I’ll be glad when I can get a decent nights sleep.

          • CanadaBear

            Not sure how you do it. 2 jobs, 2 kids + a newborn … Holy Moly I feel so lazy!

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            My old lady won’t let me slack, which is what I would naturally do, hence the avatar.

        • yeah, congrats man! May we win a SB to christen the kid

  • Shady

    I don’t think we realize just how bad the Manziel coverage is going to be. Could rival Tebow.

  • GPLDAN

    FWIW Jones is just not seeing any action.

    • For your consideration….

      i saw him earlier and then he was taken out.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Trying to hide him?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The ST action is the only one that matters for him. He might have played there.

  • For your consideration….

    that was the worst roughing the passer call i’ve seen in years.

    • For your consideration….

      what the fuck is goodell doing to this game? The guy titty bumped him.

  • For your consideration….

    victory….super bowl.

  • Shady

    Aaron Kromer is going to be a head coach in the near future.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Hope we can keep him at least through next year.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It’s why he left NO. He’ going to become one in the future, but not the near future. Maybe in 3 years.

  • Cormonster

    Didn’t see the end of the game, but Bobby Babich must have been pissed to lose at the end. Probably playing the Lovie 2 at the end of the game.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They play Seattle’s style of D. It’s the total opposite.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Special Teams”. Currently a misnomer for the Bears. Neither Weems no Spurlock inspires much confidence.

  • Big Mike

    Blah. Why is the middle of the first team D so wide open. Pass rush looked healthy. Running game is on the side of a Milk Carton.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I saw few runs into the middle on the D. Very few between the DT. Many runs was between DT and DE. That’s on the LBs and Ss. Mixed results.

      • Big Mike

        Middle open comment was related to Pass D.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Bostic had 2 really bad plays on pass D, DJ Williams had one, McCray had another. To answer your question Why is the middle of the field so wide open ? It’s because the Bears have problems at LB and S especially when you play this vanilla style of preseason D. My belief is that they’ll eventually become a nickel D with the Ss not sitting in Cover 2 looks. I think they’ll use 5 DBs in base D and they’ll change looks, coverages and do more blitzing. It’s what you do when you employ a stop the run first DL.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    You could see more of the changes on the D yesterday night. They looked pretty good. They are susceptible to bootlegs in this scheme. The best news ? They have Houston and Briggs on that side. The ST will be a big problem this year It will hugely affect the roster at the back end. They’ll take risks at other positions (2 QB,9 OL, 9 DL) just to be decent on ST. On O I liked the backup RB in pass protection (great stuff here) and in the ball protection key department.

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