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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Goldman, Allen, Long & Some Odd Stuff From My Email Box

| August 10th, 2015

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Reason for Optimism on Defense?

Two passages from Patrick Finley in the Sun-Times. First, could Eddie Goldman’s emergence allow the Bears to move Ratliff to defensive end?

Calling his second-round pick a “big, square body,” Bears coach John Fox praised rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman’s performance the past 10 days.

“That’s why we drafted him where we did,” he said Saturday. “He’s had a good camp so far. We’ll get back to camp and evaluate the tape and have a better evaluation.”

Friday, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Jeremiah Ratliff could play either nose or defensive end. If Goldman keeps playing well, it would be little surprise to see him start in the middle on opening day.

Second, are we about to see the emergence of Jared Allen as situational pass rusher? Seems he thrived at the position in Pernell McPhee’s absence.

With starter Pernell McPhee held out because of a coach’s decision, outside linebacker Jared Allen saw additional snaps at his new position Saturday.

He might have been the scrimmage MVP, too, after “sacking” second-string quarterback Jimmy Clausen and batting down one of his passes.

Third, what the hell is the Sun-Times doing with their web design? There is not a newspaper in America with a sloppier, less focused presentation. When you see designs like these it is very easy to understand why newspapers around the nation re being led into the ground.

I Get Sent Some Odd Shit…

  • Wanna buy a painting of a bear with a comb? (I’d have to assume this was some sort of Google algorithm gone awry situation.) Here’s the link to do so: Bear with Comb. Oh, and here’s the star himself:

Tripper_Dungan_Bear_Hair

  • Wanna participate in a university study of Bears fans? The University of Illinois wants you! Click this link to take part: UIUC Bears fan survey.

Long on the New Look of the Offensive Line

From Bob LeGere in the Daily Herald:

The biggest difference up front this year is at center, where Will Montgomery takes over for Roberto Garza, which means some changes for Long at right guard.

“I can ease off my Rosetta Stone a little bit,” Long joked. “I don’t have to speak as much Spanish. Garza was tremendous. He was my veteran. He was somebody that really raised me in this league and took me under his shoulder.”

The 32-year-old Montgomery is four years younger than Garza and he is familiar with new offensive coordinator Adam Gase’s scheme, having played for him last year with the Denver Broncos.

“Montgomery has done a tremendous job with this offense to be able to relate the subtle nuances and changes from last year to the young guys and to the guys who have been in the league for a few years and are trying to find their way in this offense,” Long said.

I’ve stated it many times but I firmly believe that if Jermon Bushrod is healthy at left tackle, the Bears offensive line will be strength of their entire team.

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  • Trac

    Last verse, same as the first!

    Win the battle of the trenches and you control all the spice in the universe.

    • chitownproud85

      mmmmmm Dune.

      • Trac

        Mmmmm….da bears!

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Arakis”.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “…The Sleeper has awakened!”

          We can only hope.

          • Trac

            Bene Jesuit Bitch!

          • AlbertInTucson

            House Atreides. House Harkonen.

          • Trac

            One of my all time favorite reads. Dune and Lord of the Rings.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Only saw the movie. It’s not a great movie but, I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame whenever it’s on.

  • chitownproud85

    Cant describe how happy I was to fire up this page this morning and see “Audibles…” pop up. Welcome back, football. Bear down!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Long: “He was somebody that really raised me in this league and took me under his shoulder”. Classic.

    Rat, Goldmember and Ego sounds like a semi-decent line. But who’s manning RT on that team-leading line, Jefe?

    • DaBearsBlog

      I think it will be Mills, certainly to start things. Bears went out and got some meaty tight ends to protect the right tackle should it be an issue. You can cover one tackle. Not two. That’s why Bushrod has to play well.

      • Hopefully Mills does shake of the inj and performs well.

        Keeping a TE in limits the offense (and given that Bennett thinks he’s in a contract year, who knows how he’ll react to having to chip more and catch less).

      • AlbertInTucson

        Bushrod’s stock seemed to rise and fall with Slauson’s health last season

        • Bushrod was playing well until his week 4 ankle injury. Then he sat out a few games and played like shit after he came back.

          IMO it had nothing to do with Slauson’s injury, as the games he played well featured Slauson in the lineup some and out of it others.

  • beninnorcal

    Anyone on here still talk to MB30SD? If so, how is he doing and when will he ever come back to us?

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      I have. He’s doing superbly, from what I gather. Chasing tail in the So-Cal sun? How could he NOT be doing well?

      And no, he won’t be coming back to us.

      • beninnorcal

        Well thanks for the update Doc, tell him I said hi. Cheers

    • DaMurph

      Talk to him often, as Doc said he is doing well. I will be meeting up with him in San Diego for the Monday Night game in November. Doc, you coming down to SD for that?

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Not unless I win the lottery between now and then. But have a cold one on me (I’ll owe you).

        • DaMurph

          You got it Doc, you will be missed!!

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    G Ryan Groy has been traded to the Patriots, so long Ryan, we hardly knew ye.

    • wow. What did we get for him?

      I thought they were high on Groy. Maybe they’re just sold on Slauson/Long and maybe even Ducasse/Tayo/Leno

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        The Patriots traded 2015 6th round LB Matthew Wells to Chicago in the trade for G Ryan Groy. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/matthew-wells?id=2553443

        • ah, yeah, thxs, BDT. I just saw this on Roto –

          Bears acquired LB Matthew Wells from the Patriots in exchange for OG Ryan Groy.

          It’s an odd move, as Wells was a sixth-rounder in May’s draft, and Groy is a 2014 undrafted free agent. A bit of a linebacker/safety hybrid, Wells boasts sideline-to-sideline speed and athleticism. He was a big-time playmaker for Mississippi State. He’ll have to earn his rookie keep on special teams, but has the upside for more.

          So we essentially gained a Bill special 6th rounder. Not shabby, even though Groy seemed to have upside.

          Edit:Matthews 6’2 222 and ran 4.4

          http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/matthew-wells?id=2553443

          • EnderWiggin

            That makes what….. 12 or 13 Linebackers now? How many will we cut? 5? 6?
            If Wells can cover maybe we use him at safety on passing downs. We could always use another experiment.

          • Wells seems like a sp teams demon. That’ll be his niche and perhaps Safety. Wells did well with the 3cone drill (which apparently is a Bill staple) so he should be pretty fluid.

            It’ll be interesting to see if he sticks.

            I like that Pace is not sitting on his laurels and is actively gauging the market. I also like that he values athleticism and is trading with elite teams with elite scouts/training.

            Don’t know how it will pan out though.

          • worth noting Groy had been with the 3rd string OL all camp. That had surprised me, but everything I had seen had him working with 3rd stringers while Jared Weaver worked 2nd team at his spot.

            Translation: Groy wasn’t making the team. Wells will at least stick on PS.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t see how the kid wouldn’t make the team when he started 3 or 4 games last year … unless we were really hard up ….

          • New coaches, new talent evaluators, new scheme. The old regime liked Groy well ahead of Weaver. The new one apparently didn’t.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Groy was starting last season – hope this LB is good …..

        • Joecashflow

          Looks like Belichek picked our pockets. Read somewhere that Wells is legally blind in one eye. Is it possible, if NE knew that, they didn’t have to disclose it? A LB that sees half the field? Hope it’s not true. Guess NE had had enough of guys named Wells.

      • Trac

        Wells will most likely play special teams.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Patriots traded 2015 6th round LB Matthew Wells to Chicago in the trade for G Ryan Groy.

    • Trac

      Fresh meat for special teams.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    that is a sweet ass painting Bear with Comb. it is definitely not work $100. that guy be trippin’

  • In other news, Steve Smith proclaims he’s retiring after this season.

    He’s still relatively productive. Usually WRs who run good routes can still put up some numbers.
    Kinda sad. He’s a true football player. God knows he killed the Bears almost singlehandedly.

    • BerwynBomber

      Always remember him making both Peanut and MB look bad on one of his TDs in that Carolina playoff game years back. No small thing.

      Also caught him some years later (Cam’s first year I believe) when CAR played the Cheese and Woodson and Smith were matched up the entire day. Quite a battle. Smith scored once but Woodson picked Newton twice.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Yep. All the that negative publicity from Deflategate, Aldon Smith, AP, Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, etc is having an effect the popularity of NFL.

    The Hall Of Fame Game on NBC recorded scored the highest overnight ratings for a pre-season game in 3 years.

    • BearDown100393

      The hardest hitting action of the night was provided by Jeff Reed.

    • Trac

      Nobody cares about Iran getting the bomb, they certainly don’t bother with petty squabbles within the NFL either.

      Are you not entertained!

    • willbest

      There exists in the age of social media, a professional outrage industry. It exists on corporate buyoffs, and media looking to report stories. When your company gets hit by such a wave it is sometimes difficult to determine if your actual consumers are upset or if you are being maliciously targeted.
      The NFL made the mistake of thinking its consumers were genuinely upset with it and as a result it is now paying off the outrage industry. Oops. Now the NFL will forever be renting the victimization industry to leave it alone. And no it won’t attract more women viewers. Waste of bloody money. Should have just said “What is happening between Ray Rice and the state of X is between Ray Rice and the state of X”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Attract women viewers.

        There are probably execs pulling their hair out trying to actually find that one women who might be thinking “… hey, what’s this ? Foot ….. ball ? I’m intrigued ……”

        But concussion in professional football is a good one. Do we really care? Dave Duerson’s family does … but do WE? Do we really care what happens to millionaire gladiators, while we scratch out a living ?

        Anyone watch UFC?

        Like Trac (and Maximus Decimus….) said, are we not entertained?

        • willbest

          Well the players have had formal representation through union and the ability to pool resources/medical history/etc for over 50 years. So yeah its hard to feel sorry for them. And considering how bad they are with money, the agreement could be rookie contracts come with a 40k/yr for life salary plus full medical plus bonus based on draft position. But then that isn’t as sexy as 2 million over 3 years.

    • preseason game in which several of the biggest names (Ben, Brown, AP) didn’t even play drew higher ratings than the clinching game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. That’s insane.

      • AlbertInTucson

        THAT is the beast that is the NFL.

        • also doesn’t help the NHL that most of their games, even late in the playoffs, are buried on NBC sports network (or only local channels). Tough to generate interest when you can’t follow the sport easily.

          • BearDown100393

            Every year, the broadcast is getting better though.

          • at least the games aren’t buried on Versus anymore. But hockey avoids a lot of the problems people hate about other sports. No diving like basketball/soccer, not a ton of stoppages and commercials like NFL, much more team-oriented and less egotistical superstars than any of the other sports.
            I feel like a competent commissioner should be able to make it a lot more popular. But Gary Bettman is a worse commish than Roger Goodell, and that’s saying something.

          • I want to like Hockey, but it’s just hard to follow it on tv. A lot of folks in L.A. are actually getting into hockey since the Kings became good, but they’re still behind even the Dodgers and naturally, the Lakers, and if the Rams/Raiders/9ers ever make it over here, well behind them.

            I just don’t think hockey translates well to tv. Heard it’s a thousand times better live, but who has time for that?

          • I really enjoy it on TV. It’s not that difficult to follow with better picture quality. As a kid, I gave up on hockey quickly because I couldn’t follow the puck on crappy little TVs.

          • BerwynBomber

            Doesn’t do much for me either but I never played it as a kid, even recreationally, so can’t really relate.

            I also think the warm-weather hockey franchises seem odd. Why the league never plopped one in Milwaukee/WI I will never understand.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Even in HD,that puck is tough to follow.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It translates really well to the playstation as I recall.

          • willbest

            Its probably the lack of good commercial stops as to why its on channels people have to pay additional to get rather than on NBC.
            I tend to think the NHL should think outside the box because it isn’t particularly entrenched in any TV deal. I would like to see them take a chance with a stream service option. With a pay on demand single game for say $8, or various packages (purchase a single teams regular season games) for $150 or an all NHL access for $500 or whatever the numbers are.

          • that’s really high. Pretty sure NBA/MLB all-access passes are like $200 for the year.
            But if you want to grow the sport, you have to get it on channels people have. That means main channels and ESPN.

          • willbest

            But you sign on to ESPN and then you are stuck with them. All of a sudden that $1 billion a year they give you becomes too much to risk. Why not start building your subscription business from the ground up

          • BerwynBomber

            That would make it even more of a niche sport. At least initially.

          • willbest

            More than it is now?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Why ALL of the Stanley Cup Final games were not on NBC, especially with the Blackhawks involved, is a complete mystery to me.

  • Are we on board with moneyball?

    The Broncos will have their Director of Analytics on the headset with coach Gary Kubiak during games.

    Credit the Broncos for joining us in the 21st century. Analytics chief Mitch Tanney will give Kubiak reports on statistical probabilities of situations such as fourth-and-short, and will also provide risk-reward analysis on other similar situations. It’s a much-needed step for a coach who has bungled this aspect of the game before and a move that should be followed by other teams around the league. Far too many coaches are conservative when the math says otherwise. – Roto

    Fox seems too old-school for this, but both Pace and Gase are relatively young. I wonder if they’ll put something like this in place (if we don’t already use it)?

    • I think this might be part of the divide between Fox and Elway. Fox is a very safe in-game guy (just like Lovie was/is), while Elway thought that approach was too limited to win championships.

      • Trac

        There was a time or two that didn’t work out so well for Elway back in the day. His first SB (I think)was atrocious. I think they lost like 99-3.

        • Irish Sweetness

          This is the only hope I hold out for Cutty – The Elway effect. His tenth year was when he turned his numbers around. He had really BAD numbers on completion percentage and turnover differential his first nine years. Year 10, he turned it around. Maybe it happens to Cutty – but Elway had already shown a lot of can-do stuff in his early years …… we’ve never had ‘The Drive’ from Cutty. We got one from Brian Griese (Eagles, I think), but I don’t recall a legendary drive from Cutty. Like, Ever.

    • BearDown100393
    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I’d be on board with just a general clock management/end game strategy coach.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m on board. If all the numbers, when they get crunched right down, tell you that ‘double jets wiggle’ strong side gets you a TD 8 times out of ten on the goal-line, then it’s a no-brainer.
      Not to mine mineable data in a billion dollar business is insane.

      Do you draft a guy just because his arms have a two-inch longer reach than most guys his height? That’s another story.

    • Scharfinator

      You’re kidding me – this hasn’t been happening already?

  • Trac
    • AlbertInTucson

      Encouraging.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Steelers may be lookin’ for a placekicker after yesterday.

    • BerwynBomber

      Saw that. Heinz is a tough place to kick too. That’s a big loss.

      • willbest

        Is it like Soldier Field where its got a large body of water nearby creating a vortex in the stadium?

        • BerwynBomber

          The turf at Heinz was very crappy its first few years. Don’t know if it has improved but it was notoriously tough early on.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Speaking of turf, they still can’t seem to grow grass at the 49ers new home in Santa Clara.

            Does Levi Strauss make a synthetic turf?

        • Jack Lacan

          That vortex can transport one to other planets – see Jodie Foster in some god awful sci-fi film – except for Jodie Foster…

      • AlbertInTucson

        Could be. One end of that field is notoriously tough on placekickers

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    None of crazy shit – CTE, criminally activity off-field, Goodell out of control – is having negative impact on NFL. It’s getting stronger.”

    Translation: We want our NFL. We want our Fantasy Football. We want our point spreads. We want our prop bets.

  • Trac

    Lovie strikes again. I was wondering where McDaniel would end up.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/10/tony-mcdaniel-heads-to-tampa/

    • willbest

      Thus begins the decline of Seattle

  • Trac

    Interesting. Trae Waynes is projected to be a major project in Minny.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/08/10/trae-waynes-is-off-to-a-bad-start/

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “None of crazy shit – CTE, criminally activity off-field, Goodell out of control – is having negative impact on NFL. It’s getting stronger.”

    Kinda like Trump.

    • SC Dave

      Trump is everything Obama is not. And so, many like him.

  • Trac
    • willbest

      Bleh wrong one

  • Irish Sweetness

    Anyone see Jodorowsky’s ‘Dune’ – worth a watch ?

    • Trac

      Herbert’s Dune?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Jodorowsky was going to make Dune into a movie back in the seventies – it’s a doco about it …. heard it was interesting, but I wonder if that’s only to diehard Dune fans, of which I am not one. Liked the movie though.

  • AlbertInTucson

    From the “Ignorance is Bliss” department:

    Floyd Mayweather ranks Muhammed Ali as the FIFTH best boxer of all time.

    Guess who Floyd ranks #1?

    • Trac

      Boxing sucks now.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, and for quite a while, too.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow, no Marciano (unbeaten) or Sugar Ray Robinson ?

      • Trac

        Jerry Cooney? Hahahaha.

        Pound for pound, Danny “Little Red” Lopez was one of the greatest.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Best nickname, ever: Chuck Wepner, “The Bayonne Bleeder”.

          • Trac

            Hahaha

    • SC Dave

      Gotta be himself

  • Irish Sweetness

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