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Mild, Bemused Reactions to the First Meaningless Summer Exercise

| August 9th, 2014

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NFL sold me their Preseason Live package. They might as well have sold me the Brooklyn Bridge. Most of the night the program failed to load. When the program loaded it was awful. I shall keep you up to date on the battle I began with folks at the league last night. Apparently I’m not alone.

A few thoughts…

  • If you’re Martellus Bennett, what are you thinking this morning? You are away from the team because you’re an insane person and last night you watched two tight ends with a tenth of your ability – Rosario and Miller – flourish in what should have been your role. Maybe, I don’t know, stop being crazy, apologize and get yourself back to practice.
  • Anybody can look at the numbers and state Jimmy Clausen played well. But what struck me was how confident he looked from the second he walked onto the field. He was lost throughout his tenure in Carolina. He looked like he didn’t belong in the NFL. Last night he looked like he very much did.

  • Anybody else intrigued by how jubilant the Chicago media and fans were at Josh McCown’s struggles last night? I’m rooting for the guy to succeed.
  • Boy, Nick Foles looked a mess.
  • I’ve said it many times but there is 0% chance Tress Way beats Pat O’Donnell for the starting punter gig. POD’s ability to bomb the ball through the end zone from seemingly anywhere on the field is too valuable an asset to a team that hasn’t fielded a professional punter in a few years.
  • My long snapping panic seems to have been unwarranted.
  • Apparently the defensive line was the star of the evening. I won’t be able to see this until the game is replayed this afternoon on NFL Network. Rich Campbell does a nice job evaluating that unit HERE.
  • Positive plays from safeties should not be overlooked but Ryan Mundy’s interception had very little to do with him.
  • I may have a Chris Williams Boner. Williams displayed the type of ability last night I’ve been dying to see from the third Bears receiver. When the Rams had Holt and Bruce dominating on the outside, Az Hakim thrived inside because his speed was something opposing defenses had trouble handling. Williams could do that in Chicago but he must stay healthy.

I’ll have more once I have an opportunity to watch the entire game. If you missed it last night due to Preseason Live’s meltdown or Fox in Chicago being Fox in Chicago it’ll air on NFL Network at 1 pm EST.

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  • johnnywad

    First to ask……Is it possible Clausen might make us forget the wonder that was Josh McCown? If so, Trestman is the real deal.

    • For your consideration….

      Josh had a rough night,

      2-4 for 20yds with a pick six and 2 fumbles

      • johnnywad

        I don’t want him to fail. Seems like a good dude. He’s probably doomed in Tampa. He could have backed up Jay here a long time while making serious money without playing more than a handful of games a year at most.

        • For your consideration….

          no one was jubilant for his tough night. I want him to succeed because he’s a good dude but when we play them i want him to fucking die…temporarily.

          • DaBearsBlog

            You obviously don’t use Twitter. Bears fans were downright giddy.

          • For your consideration….

            i try not to because it’s brutal. Just a bunch of guys and girls saying shit that, if said in person, would get them killed or maimed…or at least slapped.

          • For your consideration….

            also, i remember Bears fans being downright giddy that Cutler was out and McCown was doing well. It goes both ways.

          • For your consideration….

            do you know what it’s like working in an office on the south side of chicago and listening to idiots bash Cutler all day because “he’s soft, throws his guys under the bus, quits on the team”, etc. Absolutely none of it being true of course. You would be amazed Jeff at what transpires at ground level here with these fucking meatbags.

          • CanadaBear

            Morons set up a scenario in their head (with the help of idiots on talk radio/tv) and nothing is going to change that scenario. Facts are useless. Best to tune out that noise.

          • For your consideration….

            last night would have been perfect if De La Puente and Williams didn’t come up lame.

          • CanadaBear

            Sounded like our ST’s weren’t special. I’m not sold on DeCamillis but with about half of the bottom of our roster turning over it’s gotta be a pisser. Hope they get their shit together.

          • For your consideration….

            the first team ST’s were definitely ok and Trestman said as much. Shea, Mundy, Greene etc were flying down the field to kill people. The backup ST’s played like pussies.

          • Big Mike

            Shea on special teams is going to be amazing

          • SC Dave

            Especially Twitter noise. Good god, what a load of crap.

          • DaBearsBlog

            I get it in bars all the time. You just have to tune it out.

          • CanadaBear

            I always stand by my statement, “The Bears have some of the dumbest fans on the planet.” Being happy a guy had a tough night is kinda bad juju (if they aren’t the opponent). Being giddy about it when the guy was on your team last year, was a great teammate, by all accounts is a great person, well that really says a lot about that person. And none of it is good.

          • MB30SD

            I think you can probably say that about most team’s fans Canada.

            For the vast majority of ‘fans’, all they watch is a few games a year, only once the season starts, and only watch the 15 minute loop on espn.

            Over the last 4 years, I’ve run into maybe 10 bears fans out and about at malls, in the gym, restaurants, bars, etc… all wearing official bears gear.

            I almost always go up and start talking bears to these people. out of the 10 I’ve tried that with not one has known a god damned thing about the bears save MAYBE how we did in the last game they watched. They know some of the big names, but that’s it.

            People like wearing the gear and the thought of being ‘attached’ to something bigger than them, but 99.9% of people don’t go any deeper. Tools.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m sure you’re correct but it just seems like a ton of Bears fans revel in that stupid Bears skit from 25-30 years ago and play up that stereotype. Never understood why someone would take pride in being a dumbass. I’ve had the exact same thing happen to me when I’ve struck up a conversation with a fan wearing Bears gear. They know absolutely nothing about them and you’re left standing there saying to yourself, “What was I thinking?”

          • beninnorcal

            I spent last weekend with my best friend who I only see every few years. He’s a big Vikes fan. He just hates Cutler and whenever I ask why all he can say is that he’s a whiny little bitch and proceeds to reference things that the media made a stink about five years ago.
            It’s frustrating when people formulate an opinion based off stuff they’re fed by other dumb fans and the media instead of just looking into things themselves. That’s not just football either, our news media is a giant steamy pile of shit, a big part of the problem in this country but that’s a bit off topic.

        • McCown sucked in the only game last year where he got hit (against STL). Cutler has learned how to deal with that. McCown hasn’t.

          If TB’s OL is gonna suck this year, McCown is in trouble.

          • For your consideration….

            woody, what was your analysis of the RB’s last night. I know the blocking was piss poor but any thoughts?

          • CanadaBear

            Everything I read about Ford is he still isn’t picking up the blocking. No matter how good he is, he isn’t going to play much until he figures that out. That’s a huge thing for Trest in his O.

          • I really liked Carey. Stats were meh, but he consistently got a couple more yards than the blocking gave him (that is, turned losses into short gains). Also had a couple solid blitz pickups.

            Perry looked good with the ball in his hands but whiffed on a couple blocks. Draughn seems to be competent at everything but good at nothing.

          • beninnorcal

            I noticed the same thing re: Carey. On a first down in enemy territory he ran off the RT and got tackled, diving along the sideline. While the NFLN crew were talking about how great a stop it was. I was thinking he actually squeezed a few yards, sure enough he gained four yards, not a good stop if you ask me.

        • MB30SD

          Thiz

    • For your consideration….

      it’s just a professionally run offensive strategy. Get the ball out quickly to reduce sacks and pressure. Get the ball into the hands of the weapons effectively and with as little risk as possible.

    • johnnywad

      Shit

  • For your consideration….

    -Willie Young and Lamarr Houston provided exactly what their scouting reports said, constant pressure and quarterback “touches”. No sacks but Foles knew they were coming every fucking play. trevor Scott also showed flashes.
    -McClellin was uninspiring
    -Zach Miller and Rosario played well and had key receptions
    -Clausen’s complete progression check down to Spurlock for that TD probably almost made Trestman blow a load
    -Punting was refreshing
    -Morgan, Spurlock and Bellamy looked hungry
    -Williams is fast as balls but can’t believe he pulled his hammy, he runs that route 15 times a day
    -Carey, Ford, Perry and Lynch all showed burst so that will be a heartbreaking set of cuts for those guys
    -Losing De La Puente fucking sucks as his knee got rolled up on so badly and then it got trapped under the pile for good measure
    -Gould looked good
    -QB’s showed command of the offense
    -Cutlers back shoulder TD to Miller between 2 defenders was fucking beautiful. What a professionally thrown pass.
    -Marshall and Jeffery fucking dominate. Cutlers stats would have been gawdy with that 40yd completion
    -First team D played with swagger. SWAGGER.

    solid first game but i could have survived without the brutal injuries that have 4 of our 7 OL hurt at this point.

    • Cutler had several absolutely beautiful throws last night. The one to Rosario earlier on that drive was also just ridiculous.

      • For your consideration….

        the way he dropped it in right over the linebacker was sick. Props to Rosario for holding onto it. Got off the ground and flexed.

        • SC Dave

          Rosario looked really good to me.

    • johnnywad

      I think the OL will be fine. Mills and Long should be good to go by September. I don’t mind seeing them on the sideline right now. At least they can’t get rolled like De La Puente standing over there. Sounds like De LaPuente is probably fucked. Guess we can roll with one more year of Garza if needed. As far as the run game goes, that probably gets a lot better in a hurry when Long, Mills and Bennett are back on the field.

      • even without Long and Mills last night, Cutler was untouched and unbothered on 13 dropbacks (plus at least one more called back by penalty).

        Run blocking was another story though. But the depth on the OL appears to be really good.

  • A few thoughts, both good and bad:

    -Starting OL was incredible in pass blocking. Cutler had 13 dropbacks (plus at least one more negated by penalty) and wasn’t touched. At all. Pretty good for a team minus two starters.
    -Starting DL looked great. Ratliff was a beast, as were the new DEs. And that was without Allen! PHI had like 4 holds in the 1st quarter, plus they got to Foles 2x and forced INTs. It was like watching CHI against GB from 2009 to 2012, only PHI played the role of the helpless offense for a change.
    -backup TEs showed nicely. In general I loved that Cutler was willing to spread the ball out and not just force it to Marshall/Jeffery. Continuing to do so will make the O that much harder to stop.
    -The only really bad thing I have to say for starters is that Shea and Bostic both looked completely lost out there. LB has the potential to be an issue if that continues. I thought Greene looked pretty good though. Not just the fumble, he was consistently in a position to make plays and did a solid job with some open field tackling.

    Eagles thought: Foles is due for a drop this year. Can’t handle pressure at all. He better hope his OL kicks it in gear.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Greene is a more natural linebacker than Bostic. He’s not the athlete but he’s sound.

      • He’s not far off athletically. Also a former safety with good athleticism for the position. I might be interested in seeing him get some reps with the 1s.

        • MB30SD

          did jones even see the field last night?

          • yeah, but he didn’t do much that I noticed either good or bad.

          • GPLDAN

            He was with the clean up crew and he crashed down the run twice and looks like a beast.

    • For your consideration….

      Bostic did look lost again, not getting off of blocks, on roller skates going side to side, etc.

      • CanadaBear

        I read that he and CD didn’t exactly wow anyone last night.

        • Big Mike

          Shea looked very athletic, sprinting and chasing plays out of his area and getting to his responsibility. He didn’t finish a couple plays he read correctly and got to. He got beat on a pass route, where he lost his man. The eagles also had success between the LBs and Safety, with their TEs. This would be a shared mistake. CD did make a couple tackles. Bostic, looked like he’s never played before. 0 tackles. Jordan Senn looked better (albeit against 3s and 4s). Did not get a look at Christian Jones.

          • For your consideration….

            Jones showed so much potential last night. His limbs are so long. Athletic freak with a mean streak. He will make the team

          • Big Mike

            We’ll see looking at game slo mo. Coaches always say “the eye in the sky don’t lie”

      • MB30SD

        damn. I know it’s only PSG1, but was hoping my boy would take a leap.

        Let’s see how it rolls… was he in the middle or on the outside?

        • GPLDAN

          Nickel LB.

          Bostic looked worse than Shae. Shae made 3 tackles.

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          Bostic must learn pass recognicion situations if he want to seat Shea..

    • For your consideration….

      +1 on Ratliff. He was solid inside. Trevor Scott looked good as well. The 2 rookies got their ass handed to them in the red zone, ego and sutton

      • GPLDAN

        This.

        Ego and Sutton got rolled up on during that Dirty Sanchez drive in the 2nd. Ego looks like he held at the point of attack but Sutton’s run defense is suspect.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Passes between safeties and LB is my the biggest concern, was one of the critical problems last season and still is, it´s time for Bostic to make the next step in pass recognicion. meanwhile I hope that dump ass of Benett realized that Miller & Rosario are behind his foot steps. Perhaps “Miller´s TIME” arrives for best.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Jeff has a Chris Williams Boner, but isn’t sold on Marquess Wilson. I’ll bookmark this.

    • For your consideration….

      they were shown testing the integrity of his knee on the sideline as he was lying down before camera cut away. it’s not going to be good.

      • he’s having an MRI today.

        • GPLDAN

          THe roll up was unpleasant to watch.

          • For your consideration….

            and he couldn’t escape the pile, he was tapping out on the guy below him and couldn’t move. not cool.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            it was nasty…fucking shit.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Sigh.

        • AlbertInTucson

          MRI: Major Ruinous Injury.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Marquess Wilson never even performed in the preseason as well as Williams did last night. What the fuck, did Marquess brainwash you people? Every team in the league passed on him six times, he was kicked off his college team, he’s done nothing as a pro….yet you all accept he’s the second coming?

      • MB30SD

        I don’t give a fuck who’s name is on the back of the #3 WR’s jersey, as long as he’s contributing when he’s called on. 5’6″ and 4.43, or 6’3″ and 200… just catch the fucking ball and move the chains. It’s all about BMarsh, Ashlon, Bennett/miller/rosario, forte.

        • For your consideration….

          i’m calling Morgan or Spurlock

          • CanadaBear

            Just not Morgan Spurlock (I hope).

          • MB30SD

            Hahaha… love that joke. I have to hold myself back from posting it every time someone writes those two together

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          We’ll see what you think about that when the Bears play the Patriots in New England. Revis will shut down or close one of Marchall of Jeffery. The other one will be double teamed be a combination on Browner/Dennard and McCourty over the top. Now what ? Look… every high end Offense needs at least 3 WR that can make damage. And it better be a cheap one.

          • MB30SD

            Sounds like we have 3 – 4 options on the team right now. Right?

            And by then marquese will be long back. He broke his fucking collarbone not his spine mainj

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I want everything right away.

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          Spurlock play nicely, besides the fumball, if he shows consistency.. is the “dark horse” for 3 WR.

      • GPLDAN

        Except…. ahem… me, who went to Bourbounais and then proceeded to trash him.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He wasn’t “kicked off his college team”. He chose to leave. And that’s the reason I had a feel for him from Day 3 on last years draft. He ‘lost’ a lot of status and money by going against a stupid white coach and his bullshit rah-rah. Fucking idol. My instinct told me he was a baller who would thrive under Emery-Trestman. And until today I was right… Trestman said he was the clear favorite for the 3rd WR role. Not bad for a 7th rounder who didn’t prove shit. Trestman used him last year, so that’s a prof of trust. Many times he was used in run plays with the Bears WR key components in that part of the O. That’s not something that Chris Williams can do.

        • MB30SD

          For the record mike leech is a complete fucking asshole.

          He got I trouble for locking a freshman in a fucking equipment shed for practice and hazing his players. Fuck that idiot.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I have no fucking idea who he is., but I’m sure he is a cunt. Wilson risked status and money just to fuck him up… it takes a rebel leader type of man to do that. My kind of a man. He become ‘my man’ from Day 1. The fact Emery drafted him tells you he’s a real player…you just don’t draft maybe players with that kind of ‘red flags’. So if he’s a real player and his ‘red flags’ aren’t ‘red flags’ in my mind -to the contrary- you can bank on his success.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Well said.

      • johnnywad

        Not me. With Bmarsh and AJ out out there, just about any of the remaining bodies in camp will be successful for a 3. If one of those guys goes down, then yeah, I want the big, tall guy with range coming in.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        When Wilson is back, he’ll be the #3 WR. I hope it’s sooner rather than later. I’m a big fan of his.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I just searched. Found nothing beyond “injured knee last night” and those were all 20+ hours old.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Why watch the rerun on NFLNetwork instead on downloading the game from the internet ? You can rewind and skip the 100 ads they force you to watch.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Williams tweaked his hamstring on the tackile–watch the guy grab at his heel the pulling motion. That’s how hamstrings get popped a lot: the muscle is transitioning from flexion to extension, when suddenly a load gets put on it, straining the muscle when its least ready/able to handle it.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Oh, and Tress Way boomed the hell out of that punt that got called back for the illegal touching. Seems like no matter who’s doing the punting, it will be a HUGE upgrade over Podlesh.

  • MB30SD

    I only saw the 4-5 highlight vids on Da site last night after I got the kids down… but immediately decided that I am getting the directTV feed through my PS4 again this year.

    Just seeing those unis on the field again and actual bears football got me so pumped. Excited for this year.

    Boyah boys!

  • GPLDAN

    Other things to consider:

    Eagles had the 30th rated pass defense last year, an abysmal unit which looks like it did not improve this offseason. They stacked their two best LBs against Cutler to generate some pressure on that Miller TD drive and it was picked up.

    Ola and Leno looked stout in there, and James Brown made some decent plays late in the game from the LT side. It would be a big deal if Brown made a step up in the offseason to be able to back up Bushrod at LT since Leno might be cast inside.

    Jim Miller kept harping on the fact that Michael Ford doesn’t block. The kids body language seemed different this year. He doesn’t seem like he’s got fire.

    Weems dropped two passes with the 1s from that 3 slot. In the pre-game show he’s running his mouth to Zaban about all he brings to the table. Apparently a pair of hands wasn’t part of that.

    Austen Lane looks to be in line for Cornelius’ spot. Washington – so much engine, so little horsepower.

    Wilson did, in fact, lay some wood on an Eagle. This got Miller crowing about his upside. Go back and watch, however, who loses the TE on the Eagles pass to the TE for a TD.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They didn’t seem like the 30th rated pass defense in last years Week 16 orgy. Their offense played that hurry like shit tempo, so the D was always playing a lot of snaps. Also they were very good against the run, so the pass was the way to go against them almost by design. They want to win shootouts, they want to force you into that.

  • Big Mike

    @DaBearsBlog:disqus Jeff, I had the same problems with NFL preseason subscription. However, at least on my iPad the game was available almost immediately after it ended. It is now also available on the desktop. As disappointing as it was that it didn’t work live, I’m happy to report that I can now watch top plays from every teams pre-season game, pick the Bears, Eagles or broadcast audio, look at stats from the game and watch in slow motion. Pretty good pay off for $20.

    I was not able to mirror this using apple TV on to my flat screen.

    • GPLDAN

      The app prevents AirPlay from mirroring it?

      • Big Mike

        The audio was sent, but not the video. This leads me to believe the video codec is proprietary or not compatible with Apple TV
        I was going to fiddle with it a bit, but I just watched on my iPad last night. I’m having a bit of a preseason football fest here at the moment, checking in on Hester, Carimi, McCown, Looking the Bills. Also about to go back and look for C.Jones, K. Greene in the Bears game. Looking at those plays in slow mo to see what’s really up. My first take from watching the first team d-line was SUPERBOWL!!

        • johnnywad

          I have read and heard that you can’t mirror anything up with Apple stuff

          • MB30SD

            jes

      • MB30SD

        Yes

  • GPLDAN
    • Big Mike

      And he tweaked his hammy at the beginning of the play.

      • AlbertInTucson

        At the beginning. And he still TOASTED that DB. We NEED that fellow.

  • beninnorcal

    Well don’t I feel like a fool, he’s not THE Zach Miller. I’m an idiota. But he sure was playing like THE Zach Miller.

    • For your consideration….

      is it safe to say that everyone’s camp boner is for Miller Time?

      • beninnorcal

        But that’s the thing, I didn’t even see or read anything about this guy that I remembered. That’s what caught me off guard. Obviously he must be doing alright at camp if he got in with the 1’s. That and Marty Saurus being out.

  • For your consideration….

    Read down the article, the part about Zach Miller is crazy. This guy has had a tough road. Has to have a lot of emotions about last night.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-brad-biggs-10-thoughts-on-bears-win-20140809-story.html#page=1

  • GPLDAN

    Vikes DT Linval Joseph shot in the leg at a bar.

    • MB30SD

      Jesus

    • bearsfantillend

      Just Flesh Wound!

      • AlbertInTucson

        “What are you going to do? BLEED on me?

    • For your consideration….

      when keeping it real goes wrong.

    • beninnorcal

      He got Plax’d?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Stray bullet. Not self inflicted and, according to NFL Radio, not a sketchy part of town.

  • bearsfantillend

    I’m still kind of worried about the long snapper position. While there were no catastrophic snaps, if i recall correctly there were a couple high snaps to the punter, and at least one on a field goal that was slightly off target. Call it nerves or 1st game jitters, it is something to keep an eye on.

    • MB30SD

      Meh

  • Trac

    “two tight ends with a tenth of your ability – Rosario and Miller” Sorry Jeff but I don’t agree.

    Players that have 10 times these guys talent don’t find themselves on 3 NFL teams in as many years. Team Emery will not put up with his crap. I hate to say it but don’t be surprised if Bennett gains too much weight and checks out mentally for the remainder of the season if his character ain’t what it should be.

    • bearsfantillend

      I think BMarsh needs to introduce Bennett to his shrink.

      • MB30SD

        Or his knuckles.

        I keed I keeeed

        • AlbertInTucson

          The old Marshall WOULD have gone “knuckles” but now, thankfully, he’s a better man. Martellus should notice THAT.

    • CanadaBear

      Bennett just has to grow up. Because he’s funny and engaging everyone wants to like him and overlooks some of his BS. The only way I see this ending well is if Bennett is truly contrite and takes the msg to heart. Otherwise, if he keeps acting up he will get cut.

      • For your consideration….

        I predict he is back by Tuesday…and if he’s not this is going to get serious.

        • beninnorcal

          I predict we’re not talking about this whole thing come regular season. He’s gonna ball out this year.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Yes

    • AlbertInTucson

      “…two tight ends with a tenth of your ability “.

      Hyperbole, for sure.

  • bearsfantillend

    I really didn’t like us playing the ‘SOFT’ cover 2 at the end of the first half. We were down, kickers seem to be able to kick almost 60 yard FGs these days. All it would have taken is a couple passes be caught instead of dropped or broken up and they would have been in FG range.

    but it was the 1PSG so probably over analysing it a bit, since coaches want to analyse play in that situation.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they were in soft cover 2 the whole game. I think they only blitzed against the run.

      • bearsfantillend

        let me clarify then, the EXTREMELY soft prevent type cover 2 with safeties 30yrds down field at the snap.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Well… I agree with you. It seems like a Tucker kind of decision. I enjoy D coaches like Rex Ryan. He called 6-7 blitzes in the first 10 snaps of their preseason game. That being said these games don’t mean much, so you can’t really analyze them even if you want to.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Meh. Exhibition Game #1 or “We aren;’t about to show how we’re REALLY going to play this situation at this point in time.

  • Viva

    Blog Poll:

    How many of you are flat brimmed wearing baseball hat dudes?

    Side note: I can’t stand them.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Not me. I wear other type of hats, but not baseball ones. They suck.

      • MB30SD

        Like a fedora? Tophat? Beanie?

        • Shady

          Yarmulke?

          • MB30SD

            BOOM!

            You know Irish rocks one all the time in Thailand… especially at the Nazi rallies he organizes, runs, and stars in. Zeek Kyle!

            http://freethinker.co.uk/images/uploads/2013/07/nazi1.jpg

            Solid work Irish!

          • Shady

            Don’t be an ass.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… couldn’t resist. I know you’re reading Irish. Just fucking come back. Whatevs mainj… we all have our own POVs.

            BTW, moshe, get online now, the kids are napping!

          • beninnorcal

            Where is that Irish?

          • johnnywad

            Judging from last month’s posts, he’s likely in the Gaza Strip.

          • Guest

            building rockets???

          • MB30SD

            No, launching them

        • Barb UMihai Mar
    • MB30SD

      Old skool mainj.

      bent brim all the way. Flatbrims are for kids and skodes (san diego word for surfer scumbag child-men)

      • Viva

        ditto

      • Cormonster

        The flat brim look only works if you tuck the top of your ears inside the cap. That’s pretty cool.

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha… I think they’re great for 14 – 20somethings… MAYBE early 30s if you’re a fucking hip asshole… Any older than that and you’re trying way too hard.

        • Viva

          zero tolerance.

      • beninnorcal

        Skodes, I like it, haven’t heard that word up here in the bay but I see them everywhere.

    • Paul Stuart

      I’m almost literally offended any time I see some new era fashion ponce wearing one without bending a curve into that fucker.

      • Viva

        I like the way you think.

    • beninnorcal

      I think it’s weak, I bend my brim so the hat actually conforms to my dome and therefore actually fits.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Thanks, but no thanks.

      I don’t leave stickers on my hats and I don’t wear ’em backwards.

      Please stop that, Jay Cutler. You’re the QB, not the catcher.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    I hope DeCamillis is in a thin line as Tucker is… never sold even when he was with the “boys”

  • Shady

    What the hell? No. Chip Kelly is a freak. And we thought Trestman was a weirdo.

    http://deadspin.com/chip-kelly-and-the-timeless-art-of-seduction-1618695401

    • EnderWiggin

      Haha! At least his mic doesn’t look like Bob Barker’s 2 Foot Mushroom…

    • MB30SD

      who fucking cares? you’re weird.

  • Cormonster

    Watched most of the 1st half of the Vikings vs Raiders game. Vikings looked sharp with Matt Cassell at QB. The Vikings got some legitimate offensive weapons with AP, Greg Jennings, Cordarell Patterson, Simpson, and Kyle Rudolph. After the 1st TD drive with Cassell, Bridgewater came in and they looked completely disorganized. Bridgewater looks like he has a ways to go to look anything like an NFL QB.

    • MB30SD

      hee hee

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they didn’t play vanilla on defense like the Bears did. Mannnnnnn.

  • Cormonster

    No one mentioned it, but Paea had some nice pressures from what I saw in the spotty 1st quarter coverage of the game. He looked faster and more explosive than I’ve seen before.

    Gpldan may be right about Collins not making the team. He was playing mainly with the scrubs late and didn’t really do anything that I saw. Same with Washington. He’s fast as hell, but it just looked like he was running around with no purpose half the time.

    • MB30SD

      …like a blind dog in a butcher shop?

      • Viva

        Alonzo Spellman syndrome

        • AlbertInTucson

          Spellman was playing excellent defensive Rright End whenthe Bears messed with what they KNEW was a fragile psyche and moved him to the other side where he promptly played his way out off the team and, in short order, quickly out of the league.

  • MB30SD

    btw, is clausen basically a carbon copy of McCown? Jesus, talk about hitler youth. haha

    • AlbertInTucson

      Funny, but also true in a spooky way.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      he looks like danish, don’t really see him as german.

      • MB30SD

        I was kidding.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          man… why ? that’s my area of expertise.

          • MB30SD

            Uhhhhh…

  • AlbertInTucson

    Trestman managed to get SIGNIFICANT reps for 4 different QBs in the first preseason game. THAT is nice work, Professor.

    Meanwhile, Lovie gets his hands on Josh McCown who immediately looks unrecognizable.

    Looks to me like Jimmy Clausen throws a MUCH better ball than Palmer.
    Good decisions by Clausen on busted plays: 2 Throwaways and a very nice scamble for a first / slide out of harm’s way. For I guy who was signed in what, February? He sured looked pretty comfortable out there, even if it was the Eagle scrubs.

    Here’s hoping Zach Miller is not this year’s Joe Anderson or Brandon Rideau.

    • MB30SD

      Exactly.

    • bearsfantillend

      Clausen is even more impressive since he was signed in June not February. good decisions, grasp of the playbook, and good progressions. Here’s hoping he never sees the field in the regular season.

      • Viva

        amen

      • AlbertInTucson

        June?! Wow.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’d be happy to see him, in several “Mop up” appearances.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Is that a Jimmy Clausen boner I see?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Apparently the defensive line was the star of the evening. ”
    No sacks but lots of pressure and all with Jared Allen as a spectator.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I’m not rooting for McCown to fail but, sorry, I AM rooting for Lovie to fail. I am TIRED of hearing how he got the shaft from the Bears.

    • MB30SD

      Al… I knew I loved you for a reason. I thought I was the only one!

      Granted, you’re much more classy than I am.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I’m on the same boat. And I suspect that my hate for Lovie is bigger than my appreciation for McCown. Damn it.

      • MB30SD

        bingo

    • beninnorcal

      Wouldn’t say I’m rooting for Lovie’s failure, more that I fully expect it. ’14 TB is no ’04-’05 Bears when it comes to defensive talent. As for Mccown, while likeable, he’s equally screwed. ’14 TB is no ’13 Bears when it comes to offense talent/supporting cast, not even close.

      • For your consideration….

        My main problem was with Angelo but Lovie didn’t fucking care about an evolving offense so he was part of the problem.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      I’m glad he’s in Tampa and not Chicago. He’s more irrelevant to me than someone I’m rooting against.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “I’ve said it many times but there is 0% chance Tress Way beats Pat O’Donnell for the starting punter gig.”

    So, you’re actually saying “No Way, Tress.”?

    Or is it “No Way, Way.”?

    • GPLDAN

      Stand back, kids. Al is en fuego

      • AlbertInTucson

        Flatterer.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Is Blogfather saying Way is about to be UnTressed?

  • AlbertInTucson

    ” When the Rams had Holt and Bruce dominating on the outside, Az Hakim thrived inside because his speed was something opposing defenses had trouble handling.”

    A MOUTH-WATERING, and not far-fetched, comparison, Blogfather.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      How serious is his injury? Any timetable for his return?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Hey @RobbieGould09, its preseason. Don’t attempt to make tackles on specials. Not even that half-ass attempt last night. Olè that shit. ”

    Oh my lord, YES! WHATEVER was he thinking?!

    Robbie. You’re kicker. An OLDER kicker. Be smarter than THAT!

    • beninnorcal

      Not even an ankle grab attempt, more of an attempted ‘toe tackle’.

      • AlbertInTucson

        When placekickers dive, BAD things happen.

  • For your consideration….

    I have to disagree with Jeff here. The only thing meaningless about the preseason is the final score. There are very important things going on in this camp for the Bears:
    1. getting number 1 pick acclimated to the NFL speed so he can contribute day one
    2. same as number 1 but for the 2nd , 3rd and 4th rd picks
    3. finding a TE behind Bennett – Miller put everyone on notice
    4. getting the D some much needed reps in real game situations due to the fact that it’s completely revamped.
    5. getting the timing down between the new snapper, new holder and all pro kicker. Gould will be needed this year to be perfect and reps are needed to get this 3 man crew there asap.
    6. determining who the fuck is going to play safety come game 1. That’s kind of meaningful.
    7. finding the other starting receiver to play the slot. Kind of important.

    Sorry Jeff, this preseason is chock full of meaning.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I thnk Fuller looked like he belongs in the NFL.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Good point, but couldn’t this be done with 2 preseason games?

  • For your consideration….

    anyone else a tiny bit concerned that Brandon Marshall tweeting a picture of Zach Miller in a TD celebration with Marshall and saying “This boy balled last night” is a veiled shot at Bennett???? I think it is and i don’t think it will play well. I predict issues.

    • Viva

      If Emery sent the tweet I’d be more concerned.

      • For your consideration….

        lol, that would be pretty badass. I hope Bennett is back soon. Bears don’t need this distraction. This is the super bowl run right here. the offense combined with Houston, Allen, Young, Briggs, Peanut, Gould, young bucks like Fuller, etc. Now is the time

        • Viva

          I’m all in on PE, Tresty, and Jay.

          Chemistry issues are as real as Marty’s talent. We’ll find out soon enough if he get it or not. I hope he does. Cutler trusts the dude on the field.

          • MB30SD

            exactly. shape the fuck up or get the fuck off this team ASAP… douche.

        • MB30SD

          this

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bennet is suspended so Marshall can’t compliment Miller?

      • bearsfantillend

        agree – no shot at Bennett. Johnny you gunning for a job at the Trib. Marshall just giving credit where credit is due.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Those were two nice grabs of well placed throws. Not to mention showing some wiggle to get a first down.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Nice grab by Rosario too. I think 12 differnt guys caught at least 1 last night.

        • For your consideration….

          i just want the family to sit down to a nice dinner and get along.

          #CutlersSteakhousePlansbeingdrawnup

    • AlbertInTucson

      It’ll be a sad day if Bennett takes issue. C’mon, Marshall didn’t tweet “Here’s our new starting TE!” Somebody needs tobuck up, man up and start thinking TEAM.

      • MB30SD

        all this… if BU does have an issue with it, he needs to be off the team. We don’t need that shit all year this year… no matter how good he is. I’m way over that shit.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I suspect Professor Trestman “Does not suffer fools gladly.”

          • MB30SD

            indeed. I love that about him. Emery too. Love having two professors in the big office instead of fucking dumb and dumber.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      I don’t think it’ll be an issue, but if it is then feel free to tell me “I told you so.”

  • For your consideration….

    I sincerely hope Marty does come back soon. The guy is a powerful, enormous, multi faceted player and he is 30lbs bigger than Miller. Marty is fucking huge at 265 and we need him to make this super bowl run. Marty come back, you’re a little cray but we love you anyway.

    • Miller is more suited as a move TE who you can put all over the place (but not on the end of the offensive line) and let him be a pass target.

      IMO he sticks and finds a niche role in the offense there, while either Rosario or Mulligan (most likely Rosario IMO) sticks and is the backup to Bennett.

  • For your consideration….

    i was laughing when Jeff tweeted about Willie Young. That guy does look fucking enormous on TV.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Great signing by us. I love all 3 DE’s we signed. Go Bears!

  • Cormonster

    Just watched the 1st quarter of the Packers vs Titans game in a monsoon in Tennessee. On the Packers first drive, they ran it right down the Titans throat with James Starks, mainly right up the middle. Lots of big holes.

    Preseason, but Julius Peppers looked like shit. The first play a skinny tight end knocked him back a few yards on a run play. On the next play, he was unblocked on an inside run to his side. He looked slow. He came around the end and whiffed on a tackle after the running back had already passed him. Other plays he looked like Shea last year. Run up field a few steps, get blocked, and stand in place. The only play he showed any aggression was when that little tight end knocked him back again a yard or two and he threw the guy to the ground by grabbing the outside of his shoulder pads.

    Chris Spencer was playing center for the Titans, and looks like he might have blown a knee.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Muddy track. Pep was probably more worried about not getting hurt.

      • Cormonster

        True. Not many 10+ year vets put much effort in during pretend games.

  • JoeCashFlow

    Great last bullet point, LOL!

  • GPLDAN

    It would be kind of humorous and a feather in Phil’s hat if he goes and finds a Jags TE cast-off in Zach Miller, a guy with a knock on him for not being NFL durable and sees through all that shit to a guy with a bit of bad luck and the guy ends up out playing Ebron all season, the big Lions #1 who everyone is so afraid of but seems to have the rookie blues:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2155719-eric-ebron-injury-updates-on-lions-tes-status-and-return

    • Frank Schoenburg

      I was happy when the Lions selected Ebron. Fuller is a better player. They should’ve taken Beckam Jr.

  • GPLDAN

    Hey Shae – this is how a 1st rounder makes an impact

    https://d16jfyletng9p5.cloudfront.net/media/ToMjGpy8ojMW4GdVbxe/giphy.gif

    • MB30SD

      that had to be clowney. I liked him in #7. Single digit numbers for D is so badass.

  • Cormonster

    I’m having a tough time trying to figure out who to root for in the religious civil wars in Iraq and Syria. The rebels in Syria, and ISIS in Iraq are Sunnis and they have a strong argument. After all, most of the world’s Muslims are Sunni. It also makes sense that the Prophet to lead after Muhammed’s death should be Abu Bakr. After all, he was the father of Muhammed’s favorite wife.

    The Shia’s make a little weaker argument, but still valid. They believe the true successor is Ali, the husband of one of Muhammed’s daughters. The Shia’s make a good point that the leader of Islam should be a direct descendent of Muhammed, whereas the Sunni’s just believe you need to be a member of his tribe.

    It’s a tough call, but I’m putting my money on the Sunnis to win, even if they are the minority in both countries. They are flush with cash from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Cutter, our good buddies and allies in the Middle East. It should be fun to watch how this all plays out.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I’m for whichever side stands up and says “Flying aircraft into skyscrapers and waging Jihad against anybody who isn’t a Muslim, or isn’t the kind of Muslim we approve of, is NOT what Muhammed had in mind to represent Allah or Islam.”

      Frankly, I’m not sure such a side even exists.

      • johnnywad

        That’s my pick too. I’m easy.

        • MB30SD

          2 sides enter, no sides leave?

          • AlbertInTucson

            That is reminiscent of the ending to DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24th AND HALF CENTURY.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather tweet: “…younger…in terms of his age” than Julius Peppers.

    If my 2010 car has 50,000 miles on it and your 2010 car has 100,00 miles on it, is there not a difference in value?

    I submit that Pep’s been a lot more dinged up the last couple of seasons than Allen, starting with the dreaded “big man with foot issues.”.

  • MB30SD

    not. impressed.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Mel-Tucker-Feature/7713ca62-5614-4b55-99b9-8a5b22c98120

    Motherfucker better fucking blow shit up for us. Mel BETTER fucking be good man. fucken a

    • Trac

      I agree, as that video was rolling I thought, “this guy might make assistant coach to the assistant one day”. Lovie had way more swagga and stoic presence than this guy. Lovie, lovie, lovie…… Too much?

      • MB30SD

        I’d take lovie as our DC… meeeehhhh, prolly not.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Josh looked turrible last night because the Bucs O-Line is swiss cheese (what can I say I live here so I might as well know what’s going on to be able to talk to the turd Buc fans at work). The Jags had free rushers in his face all night, it wouldn’t have mattered who was back there. Josh is a good dude, but he was definitely the product of Trestman’s mad genius.

    • MB30SD

      Take the money and run baby… hopefully you’ll retire with your brain intact josh.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Can’t fault the guy, and he IS a class act and kept the Bears in the hunt last season, for cashing in but I think Tampa erred.

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