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Enigma that is Marquess Wilson Could be Important for 2015 Bears

| July 15th, 2015

Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson (10) warms up prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Chicago Bears could end up needing Marquess Wilson more than many think.

While nobody seems overly concerned with Kevin White’s health, the fact that he’s barely practiced since the Bears drafted him should be worrisome. Alshon Jeffery has had various injury issues in the past. When the Bears top two receivers were struggling last year, they didn’t have an answer. It should almost be expected for that to happen again this year and, if it does, they’ll need Wilson to step up.

 

Ordinarily, an expected starter missing time before training camp begins wouldn’t be a big deal but White is a special case. Before the draft, there were some concerns about his route running and ability to adjust to the NFL. The Bears are expecting him to be ready for training camp, but he’s already behind. As physically gifted as he may be, he’s raw and needs as many reps as he can get.

Wilson will be the starter entering camp and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him split time with White early in the season. Although last year’s rookie wide receivers were super productive, that should be treated as the exception, not the rule. Even super freaks like Megatron and Julio Jones started slowly as rookies.

 

If you look beyond 2015, as the Bears likely are, they need to know if Wilson could be a potential replacement for Jeffery. The team still hasn’t had contract talks with their star receiver and his price tag is only going to go up after Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas get their contracts. If the Bears viewed Jeffery as a Number One receiver, they’d be working hard to get his deal done. All evidence at hand suggests they don’t, so they need to know if they have a potential in house replacement.

It seems like a long time ago, but the Bears were once in love with Wilson. It’s why they didn’t add serious competition to him before the 2014 season. The old regime is gone but two big supporters Wilson still has are wide receivers coach Mike Groh and quarterback Jay Cutler.

Groh has raved about WIlson’s footwork and route running. Even at 6’4”, he can play in the slot and has shown the ability to get open. Cutler trusted Wilson with a big play in the 2013 finalé, going to him for a first down on second-and-short. Wilson made a catch in traffic and broke a tackle.

Before Wilson returned to the lineup last year, Cutler said he trusted Wilson as much as he could trust any receiver. That trust was broken a few weeks into Wilson’s return as he couldn’t catch a cold.

The second-year receiver has since said he didn’t feel like himself. He seemed to drop as many passes as he caught and didn’t really get into the flow of the offense until Week 16 with Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. In his last two games, Wilson caught nine of the 13 passes thrown his way and managed 33 yards after the catch, according to Pro Football Focus. If he can be relied on to catch passes and make plays after the catch, the Bears will have a hard time keeping him off the field this year. If he can’t, he won’t have a job. The Bears didn’t have a choice but to keep him and play him last year. This year, they do, especially due to the arrival of Eddie Royal in the same position.

The best thing Wilson has going for him is the fact that he’s still young. He will be 22 when the season starts, the same age as White, although Wilson turns 23 in September. The fact that Wilson hasn’t become an established star shouldn’t be a surprise. Going back to 2010, there have only been five receivers who have had 1,000-yard seasons before their 23rd birthdays.

Early returns have been positive for Wilson as Fox noted him as someone who “caught their eye.” Practice has never been a problem for the young receiver. He has two years of being a camp all-star under his belt, but only 19 receptions on his NFL resume.

Although he’s young, Wilson is fighting for his NFL life in 2015. If he proves to be the player the Bears once thought, he could allow them to ease White into the offense and give them an option when it comes to the future of Alshon Jeffery. Even if White and Jeffery are firing on all cylinders from the beginning of the year, replacing the vertically challenged Royal with Wilson in the red zone could make the Bears a matchup nightmare.

While his performance may not be as crucial as it was a year ago, the Bears to need a contribution from Wilson if they’re going to reach their full potential. Whether he’s capable of doing it is anyone’s guess.

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  • Sactowns#1

    Wait…Marguees is still on the team? He must have been doing his best Chevy Chase, the Invisible Man.

  • BearDown100393

    Glad to read Marquess is catching eyes. He certainly wasn’t catching footballs last season.

  • Artoo

    I understand the hype and potential for Wilson.

    However, you have Eddie Royal and newly drafted White, who will definitely take the number two and three roles.

    Wilson will have to fight hard for number four or hope Royal is here more for the PR job.

    • they didn’t pay Royal $5M a year to return punts.

      • Artoo

        Exactly my whole point. I would love to see Wilson’s talent explored but let’s face it, he’s got a lot of obstacles in his way.

        Jeffery, White, Royal, and Wilson is how this depth chart will probably play out. Unless, White struggles a lot and that could happen for Jeffery struggled his first season too.

        • but on the flip side, there’s basically no competition for that WR4 spot, so he’s one injury away (to any of 3 guys) from playing starter snaps.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yup let’s see …. White, Royal, AJ, Mad Uni, Forte, Zach Miller (yes, Zach Miller) … Langford … JockSqueeze …. Nomark Wilson won’t (and shouldn’t) even get a look in. He’s likely Cutty’s ninth target on a progression list that will have two names on it.

    • If Wilson were part of the Justice League, he’d be the flash. The guy who gets the left over criminals.

  • The GP

    I’m not going to go to Bourbon Haze this year. Last year before his collarbone injury, I thought Wilson looked slow off the snap, slow on his breaks, and was the human equivalent of a ’96 993 Turbo – terrible dig from the hole, terrible torque off the line, but once it hit 2k RPM and the spool hit – POW – a killer shift into 3rd gear.

    That was Wilson. Straight line speed, had another gear to hit – which is opposite of what you want in the slot. Looked easily chuckable and lethargic at times. Probably get beat up on the line as much as any Bears wideout since Johnny Knox.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Marquess Wilson is not an enigma. Marquess Wilson is a 7th round draft pick with 19 catches and 153 yards to his name. The enigma is the unsubstantiated hype that surrounded him last offseason.

    • the hype was NOT unsubstantiated. didn’t you hear that wilson went to south florida to train with b.marsh+alshon, then joined them and the rest of the offense on a bonding boat ride? if that doesn’t spell pro bowl, i don’t know what does.

    • Two words: YouTube HighLights
      (or is that four words?)

    • Irish Sweetness

      See? Even Cheesy gets it.

  • If the coaches don’t let draft status cloud their view, I think Wilson starts over White this year. People forget just how raw White is. The two players most similar to him in terms of college resume and draft position based on size/speed potential are Robert Meachem and Demaryius Thomas.

    Meachem spent his rookie year on IR and had 12 catches for 289 yards as a sophomore, in the first year he played. Thomas had 22 catches for 289 yards as a rookie.

    The odds are that White is not ready to handle a big-time role in the NFL. Royal and Jeffery are the only other 2 NFL WRs on the roster. White will have a real chance to grab PT.

    • Irish Sweetness

      (facepalm) …..

      • it’s more about White not being NFL-ready yet than Wilson being anything special.

  • Trac

    Enigma?

    More like a question mark.

    Trust me, WR is the least of the Bears worries.

    • BearDown100393

      #EnigmaRocks – Kyle Long tweet

  • The GP

    The 4th has passed, but:

    Here is a 627bhp Mustang painted in Saturn V Rocket livery, dedicated to the Apollo missions:

    http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2015/07/ford_launches_627-hp_apollo_ed.html

    Because ‘Murica. Fuck yeah!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      I heart this car. I’m not a car guy, but I heart the Mustang. It is to cars what Vanessa Hanson is to UFC ring girls.

  • Can anyone think of a 6’4 twig at the slot? Me neither. Those guys tend to be more compact fir a reason, just ask Johnny Knox.
    Wilson should get limited duties there. Plus, i wholly expect Royal to be Cuttys go to guy on 3rd and critical downs. Remember the bromance between Bmarsh and Cutty that first season? Well , cuttys found a new beard. ..

    • AlbertInTucson

      He sure doesn’t look 6’4″ in that video, does he?

      • Knox looked brilliant at times too, until his lips kissed kis anus.
        I think WWilson should def focus on ye perimeter. The fact that Royal was brought in makes me think the coaches feel the same.

        • Trac

          I actually liked Johnny Knox. Great value for 5th rd.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I still cringe at the thought of the injury that ended his career.

          • The GP

            Awful.

            It was a class move that Lovie kept him on the roster the following year, so he could collect a check and have medical.

          • SC Dave

            Actually, lovie was not deficient in class

          • It was in inverse proportion to his game management.

          • Doc Hamstring

            Agreed. Lovie was well-known as a “player’s coach.”

            It was a no-brainer for any organization worth supporting to keep Knox on the payroll that year.

  • AlbertInTucson

    For me, the important item in this article is the health, or lack thereof, of Kevin White.

    • BearDown100393

      His nurse is damn fine.

  • SC Dave

    Still distracted by Pluto,.thankfully. lotsa cool science on the way. Before I know it, it will be preseason. I hope.

    • BearDown100393

      I don’t trust a planetary scouting report that cannot distinguish physical attributes such as dwarfism. Fire NASA.

      • Scharfinator

        I see what you did there. 😛

    • Cormonster

      I’m distracted by the beauty and courageousness of Caitlyn Jenner, and a little bi-curious how the whole lesbian thing works with Caitlyn and another woman. To use or not use the package, that is the question.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        package??? didn’t they confiscate that already?

        • BearDown100393

          The ESPY recognition guaranteed ESPN the exclusive pay per view rights for the surgery.

      • NewBearInTown

        Cor! Play chess!

        • Cormonster

          I’ll start playing again soon. I’ve just been so damn busy lately and too tired to make moves and “get into the game” when I get home at night.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Pluto.

      One of great mysteries of our times;

      Pluto barks and walks on all fours but…

      Goofy can speak and walks upright.

      Walt Disney took that secret with him to the grave.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I heard Pluto got declassified as a dog. Something to do with him not clearing out the poop behind him ….

  • Irish Sweetness

    DAFUQ ???? WILSON !!!?? AGAIN ???

    Jebus H. Christ on a bike.

    Who the fuck is Marquess Wilson ?? WHY? What has the 7th rounder ever done? Why are people obsessed with Roster-filler Lite. OMFG.
    No ….. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    (Jedi hand wave)

    This is not the receiver we are looking for … move along.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      no different than some fans going crazy about some crappy RB named Ford a couple years ago.

      • The GP

        That kid had wheels.

      • SC Dave

        Or devin aromashedu, for that matter

        • Throw Smoking Joe Anderson into that mix.

        • beninnorcal

          He is the 2nd coming of Aro-shimado

        • Irish Sweetness

          Shabba was good. Our QB couldn’t hit the broad side of a cruise liner in dock.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I don’t think anyone was going crazy over Michael Ford. I made a comment based on a juke move he used in a pre-season game.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Ommmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Sactowns#1

    Slow sports season so I’ll try and get a few of you on another bandwagon. This dude is awesome!

    • SC Dave

      Maybe I’ll check this guy out. But since the libs here are entranced, I’m not optimistic it will be other than a waste of time.

      Other the other hand, maybe he’ll be fun like Alvin Green.

      • Sactowns#1

        I’m thinking more like Ralph Nader but a bit more fiery and outspoken.

    • beninnorcal

      To be honest, I’ll take him over Hillary. But I think these current polls are a mirage(Trump?!), her minions will come out mindlessly in droves when they are told do so.

      • Sactowns#1

        I think you will be pleasantly surprised with how Bernie does in the early states. He’s ramping up a grassroots campaign that will be almost double the size of Obamas. He’s going to be everywhere!

    • Cormonster

      Bernie reminds me of Ron Paul in the last election. He knows he doesn’t really have a chance in hell to win, but he wants to push the party further left / socialist, like Ron Paul wanted to push the Republicans in a more libertarian direction. Ironically, Paul and Sanders share a lot of the same views when it comes to foreign policy and corporate cronyism, but they are at complete opposite ends of the political spectrum when it comes to most other issues.

  • The GP

    Jenner winning that ESPY award over Lauren Hill is a fucking, fucking joke. ESPN execs going for the cheap ratings ploy. Fuck the 4-letter execs.

    • BearDown100393

      The network was a sensationalistic joke before last night. And the only purpose toward hosting a yearly award ceremony is to play out a cheap ratings ploy.

      • BerwynBomber

        Baffoe makes decent points but death is life’s ultimate foe and Jenner wasn’t facing it.

        Also — and this is no way meant to diminish what I assume the hell transgender people face and the cojones it must take to make to such a drastic decision — but there is something about the Bruce/Caitlyn phenomenon that has a PR-hungry/Kardashian whiff to it.

        • BearDown100393

          It takes cojones to remove one’s cojones

          • Trac

            This is not the last you’ve heard of this saga. It will not end well.

          • BearDown100393

            Which might mean it actually does.

        • I would have given it to Lauren Hill, personally, but I think it’s important to note different types of courage, and Jenner definitely shows courage by making her transformation public and dealing with all the bullshit that accompanies it.
          Call it self-promotional or whatever, but it’s also helping raise awareness for an oft-ostracized segment of the population with shockingly high rates of attempted suicide.

          • BerwynBomber

            Agreed.

    • SC Dave

      Truly, utterly appalling. Yet another (albeit especially galling) demonstration of the classless, morally bankrupt culture of mass media.

    • Trac

      Was the award for rear ending a car resulting in a person dying? Interesting how it got a pass on that one.

      • BearDown100393

        In other news, the NFL was inspired by the ESPY speech to review its tuck rule.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          oh god i am laughing so hard because of this comment. 10000+ blog points.

    • I never really got the premise for the ESPY awards. Is it usually given to the greatest athletes on earth (in which case, do they really need MORE accolades?), or is it given to any athlete with the sobbiest/inspirational story of the calendar year? – or is it like the Kennedy Center Award – rewarded to a lifetime of excellence? (in which case, don’t most sports have HOFs?)

      I never watch them. Seems like another country club circle jerk with a dash of sensationalism to me.

      • The GP

        The last time I saw an ESPY clip, it was Lance Armstrong making Brokeback jokes to Jake Gyllenhall during a monologue. “Ha ha ha, Jake, we know you like it up the ass”,

        The whole thing was weird, it was pre-humiliated Lance, when he had a few drinks and his full asswipe came out. Like you, I saw it as a circle jerk for the athletes to mingle with the TV execs and a bit of Hollywood and self-congratulate to the world.

      • BerwynBomber

        All valid questions and I have never watched it either. But yeah, always struck me as horribly redundant.

        ESPN wanting to create its own Oscars, I suppose.

        • Maybe it would work better once every 4 years.
          I mean, I can understand the awards for TRULY transcendental athletes, guys like Ali or Jackie Robinson, Bruce Lee, (or Sweetness), but those athletes don’t come along very often.
          IMO, that award should not just be given to a great athlete, but a great athlete and IMPACTFUL person off the field.

          • NewBearInTown

            If that’s your criteria, Jenner qualifies. Was a great athlete back in the day, and has definitely made an impact in the past few months.
            Then again, you could say the same thing about O.J. Simpson or Pete Rose. Great athletes; very impactful. Whatever you think about the transgender issues, it wouldn’t be fair to put those three names together.

          • BearDown100393

            Jenner impacted that poor woman to death. And is facing a lawsuit. Putting on a skirt doesn’t negate that situation.

          • I was going to put “postitive impact” but would Ali have been given an ESPY when he said, “No Vietnamese ever called me nigger”? or Robinson when he first broke the color barrier when a lot of America didn’t want to desegregate? I doubt it.
            And if they had won the ESPY, those pro-Vietnam, pro-segregation section back then would probably grumble about “liberal social engineering media”…

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think it’s criminal that OJ mysteriously disappeared out of all-time RB lists.

          • Sactowns#1

            Kill one white lady and suddenly people forget you could carry the rock.

          • BearDown100393

            What about Ron?

          • Sactowns#1

            Meh. If you’re famous and you kill some random dude you can easily get away with it. (See Ray Rice and Dante Stallworth)
            But you kill some blonde white lady and society is gonna get all up in arms.

          • Trac

            Wow!!!

          • Trac

            Self mutilation qualifies a person to jump to the front of the line these days?

            Step right up ladies and gentlemen, step right up…….hurry, hurry, hurry…….

  • The GP

    http://time.com/3958348/tennessee-counterfeit-money-cash/

    When caught, and she says “I don’t give a fuck, all these other bitches get to print money so I can too.”, I’m not exactly sure who these “other bitches” are.

    My guess? She’s talking about Janet Yellen.

    Hey! I made $1,000,000 US last week working from home and you can too! Just go to http://www.inkjet.com and find out how!

    • SC Dave

      Yellen don’t fuck around with chump change like that.

  • beninnorcal

    ESPN is dumb and so are the ESPY’s. And as far as BRUCE(yeah, I said it) Jenner, who cares? Tired of hearing about it.

    • SC Dave

      Nobody cares, except for liberal social engineers and conservative reactionaries.

      • BearDown100393

        Did anyone actually watch the award show when it aired? I didn’t.

  • BerwynBomber

    Another DBB article, another replay of an isolated, decent play against the Cheese. Somehow the whole Cheese element of these highlights makes them seem more desperate (or misleading) whether it be Wilson, Carey or McClellin (or hell, Cutler), though in fairness McClellin’s was truly a game-altering, even season-altering POY for the homeboys in ’13.

    When does camp start?

  • BerwynBomber

    Btw, the most humorous part of the Wilson highlight is seeing AJ Hawk bounce off him.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Our D-Line coach (Jay Rodgers!) was part of the NFLs best rush defense over the last 3 years (90 YPG), and the Broncos were fourth in the league for sacks. Interesting.

  • 505Bears

    Side note….Going up for the Bears/Broncs game. Need 3 tickets and would like to sit lower bowl, end zone. What is a good price for these? I found some on stubhub for $370/ticket or so….Do ticket prices tend to go down the closer to the game it gets because they are not being sold, like they do with other teams? Or is that a decent price for the location of the seats? Never been to a game at Soldier, so wondering the market. Plus, being cold as hell, potentially, will that make a difference and should I wait?

    • I’m just passing on what I’ve read/heard from others, as I’ve only been to one game, but apparently it depends a lot on how good the Bears are. If they’re sucking, prices might drop. But if they’re playing pretty well, prices will go up.
      I’ve also heard from people that you can buy tickets last minute for cheaper, as people are desperate to get rid of them, including possibly a big discount right after the game starts. But that’s a risky strategy if you’re traveling from out of town.

      • 505Bears

        Yeah, gotta go to this one. I am coming in from NM, a buddy from Seattle, then another from Korea so I think we may bite the bullet and play it safe. Thanks for the feedback

  • Sactowns#1

    So, tickets went on sale. I’ll be in town the week of the Bears vs Raiders and figured not a lot of people are going to want to watch the crappy Raiders. But even with that sorry team in town ticket prices are sky high. There is no freaking way I’m paying $300 for nosebleed.

    • BearDown100393

      Oakland wants to know who are you calling crappy….

  • BearDown100393

    Lamar Houston should just STFU and dance.

    • AlbertInTucson

      On 2nd thought, maybe he SHOULDN’T dance.

    • Shady

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    I am in a bar. A replay of the ESPYs is on. And somebody is getting mad that LeBron won something.

    I may officially quit sports soon.”

    My next viewing of the ESPYs will be my first.

    No one should hold their breath waiting for it to happen though.

    • BearDown100393

      Quit sports? As in play sports? Or blog about sports? Watch sports? Read about sports? All of the above. Or is an intervention in order?

  • The GP
  • Trac
    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i think BM might be crazier than anyone actually thought.

      • Irish was all for the Neckbeard protocol.
        Then again, he’s all for the “anybody but Jay” bandwagon.

    • BearDown100393

      He’s probably right.

  • The GP
    • Trac

      Dig those ghetto rims.

    • BearDown100393

      And parks halfway in the fire lane.

      • SC Dave

        Gotta love that vision, eh?

        • BearDown100393

          Diabetic retinopathy is a bitch

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Yea, St. Andrews is past its prime. It’s only producing the most entertaining major championship in years.”

    Possibly, but, isn’t it always the Scottish Weather, which seemingly changes hourly, that provides the bulk of the drama?

    • BearDown100393

      Every golf course dies.
      Not every golf course really lives.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Stephen: “Fine Speech. Now what do we do?”

        William: “Just be yerselves.”

        Hamish:”Where are you goin.?’

        Williams: “I’m goin’ ta peck a fight.”

        Hamish: “well, we didn’t get dressed up fer nuthin’.”

        “WALLLCE! WALLACE! WALLACE!”

        • BearDown100393

          Meanwhile Tiger took the land bribe, lowered his flag and left the battlefield to enjoy his right of prima nocta.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Stephen: [to William Wallace] “The Almighty tells me he can get me out of this mess, but he’s pretty sure you’re fucked.”

  • Waffle

    I’m posting a real article tonight and will repost tomorrow. I want real content that addresses the moves and huge changes that happened this offseason and Jeff just hasn’t delivered to date. I don’t blame him but i’d like to put something out there for you guys to chew on.

    • SC Dave

      Please do, Yonny. Looks like its gonna take a village now.

  • NewBearInTown

    Matt Bowen’s most recent article (which apparently I can read on my phone without a pay wall, but not on my PC), addresses some good questions about training camp.
    Biggest take away for me? Eddie Royal is a really good slot receiver and is not getting a lot of press for it. The Bears starting lineup with three WRs is Jeffery, White, Royal. Marty and Forte are the other offensive workhorses.
    If you want to post an article this summer, post about Royal. White is a rookie, and rookie WRs tend to be quiet unless they were drafted in 2014. Eddie Royal, on the other hand, is likely expected to catch a lot of passes this year.
    If we see Jeffery and Royal combine for over 2000 yards. If we see Forte and Bennett grab another 1500 together. And if we see some production from White… say 500 yards. That’s already a 4000 yard season for Cutler. At that point, anything that guys like Wilson do is pure gravy.

  • Waffle

    I was inspired to put some thoughts on paper by the lack of content and passion from Jeff this offseason. It’s apparent that this past season kicked him repeatedly in his bears nutsack to the point that even the arousing thought a new training camp has him limp and disinterested.
    There were many reasons for the shit show that was the 2014 Bears but we will address these issues and the corresponding offseason moves that will serve to begin the rebuilding process for the team and the healing process for us fans.
    Reason number 1 (in no order of importance) is the Offensive Line. Let’s be honest with each other…..they were dogshit in 2014 and the lack of chemistry, health and skill on the line resulted in pocket pressure and lack of push that i could sense even in my living room 4 rum and cokes deep.

    Roberto Garza, though a great dad, teammate and community member, was a complete waste of space for at least the last 2 to 3 years. It’s tough to talk shit about a good guy and he played the good soldier but his presence in the run game was laughable and his pass protection was subpar at best. Roberto being gone at this point in his career is addition by subtraction. In his place the Bears brought in veteran Will Montgomery and 4yr Oregon starter Hroniss Grasu. BOTH are upgrades at this point in Roberto’s career.
    Montgomery is a seasoned vet who is healthy and is a known quantity by OC Adam Gase and HC John Fox. He has experience at both Guard and Center in the West Coast offense and in the hybrid shotgun offense of Peyton Manning. Being able to play both positions is something that not alot of people have talked about but that could prove to be very interesting if Mills continues to suck balls and has his foot fall off and Hroniss Grasu, who sounds like a character from some epic lyric old english poem, steps into the starting role at Center.
    Grasu is a proven college player who is healthy and has a long track record of performing well. His teammate Kyle Long sprouted a huge twitter boner when he was drafted and you know that a young, healthy, intelligent player like Grasu could be that missing Center that Irish has been ranting about for the past few years between throaty moans about Jake Fitzpatrick or whoever the fuck that QB is from Harvard who sucks peen.
    If the Bears kick Long to RT, move Grasu to Center and have solid vets in Montgomery, Slauson and Bushrod then it allows the Bears to put Leno, Mills and Ola through the meat grinder to find out who can be the swing tackle or even Tackle/Guard 6th and 7th lineman to round out the main starting components of the line.

    Losing Slauson last year was the equivalent of getting kicked in the groin by your little brother during a wrestling match. It fucking hurts, you want to cry a little but you can’t be completely honest about how much of a blow it was. Losing a vet leader like Slauson on a team coached by muppets was a huge blow. Garza could only lead so much because you can’t really suck at something while trying to inspire guys to dig into the trenches even harder when you’re the one giving up the sack, getting pushed 4yards back on a pull, getting bullrushed by rookies, etc. Having Slauson back this year is HUGE make no mistake about it.
    Leno, Mills, Ola and Groy and the new kid Fabuluje are interesting. Fab could end up being another Ducasse which means a huge mountain of a man that somehow can’t push people around like we all think he should. Every stop on his NFL tour has been underwhelming. Leno showed flashes although he did play so badly at times that i called him naughty words at very high decibels. Mills is a 5th round pick from LA Tech and is not allowed to play OT for the Bears ever again…and he won’t start more than 2 games at that position unless Long or Ola die of Ebola or MERS at camp. Mills does intrigue me at Guard though and i would not hate to see him thrown in there to see if his foot can hold up. I don’t see him pulling very well though. Groy is interesting because he is Badger tough but raw. If his NFL IQ increases and comes in stronger than last year i actually think he has a chance to play in the league in a meaningful way.

    Overall the line has been upgraded because of Garza being let go, Montgomery being picked up along with Grasu and with Long being moved to OT while Groy and Leno enter their 2nd years in the league at Guard. Mills has a lot to prove this year but i just don’t think he has the talent to play and i also don’t think his foot will hold up. I would say that people should feel much better about this years line than last year pending a healthy camp, preseason, etc. The line was so disappointing last year but somehow it felt like everyone gave them a pass or at least didn’t really appreciate how badly they performed and how it impacted the run and pass game.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Agree.

      Garza had become a liability at center over 2+ seasons.

      Losing Slauson hurt, big time.

      • Scharfinator

        One of the most underrated effects on the team in 2014.

    • Trac

      Bravo yonny, bravo! I had to chuckle more than a few times at some of your comments.

      You write very well, may I please have another.

    • I want to say Montgemery will stick around because of said familiarity and flexibility, but now that Grassu got drafted, not so sure.

      Teams usually go with 7 Olinemen

      Bushrod-Slauson-Grassu-Long-Mills

      (Near locks no matter what position, with the exception of maybe Mills).

      Let’s say they keep Montgemery.

      That leaves one spot for Groy, Leno, Fab and Ola (and Ducasse).

      IF they really believe Grassu is the future, just let him start already. Why waste time? Let him get chemistry with the rest of the starters (and it’s not as if Montgomery is All-Pro).

      Just depends though I guess, but are we willing to risk putting Fab, Leno or Groy on the practice squad?

      • NewBearInTown

        Center is another position where rookies really struggle. Just a lot of mental pressure handling line calls and that sort of thing. I understand the teams desire to have a vet backup available to make sure Grasu’s transition to the pros is as painless as possible. Having him at guard for the first few games would be one way to let him get reps on the field without having to worry about snapping the ball. That’s a distinct possibility if we cut Mills and push Long out to right tackle. The line is then:
        Bushrod – Slauson – Montgomery – Grasu – Long

        • Yeah, I think that line-up might be more prudent for the reasons you stated. Then again, many teams are starting rookie QBs now, and that’s an even harder position to learn. Starting Grassu at C might send a good message too: compete, win – start, no matter what (the ‘hawks blueprint).

          If Mills is not healthy, he might be the odd man out. Then again, Mills has a lot of starting experience and that would be nice for a bench guy.

          It’ll be interesting. I think Bushrod/Slauson/Mont/Long/Mills will be the starting 5.

          Leno/Grassu the other two,

          with one of – Fab/Groy/Ola on practice squad

  • Trac

    @dabearsblog
    “I know there are people who don’t love golf. I just don’t understand it.”

    Lab rats love the maze because it offers the illusion of escape. Golf is not a sport but it offers the illusion of being one. He he

    • That’s like Forest Gump saying, “I dunno why ppl don’t love ping-pong.”

      I actually rather see badminton, ping pong, dodge ball, and possibly bowling before golf.

      • chicks playing any sport in lingerie (football), bikini (volleyball) or short skirts (Iceskating, tennis) too.

  • Trac
  • And picking up on Johnny Tradewind’s positive spin, the biggest addition by subtraction was getting rid of Bubba Gump. I don’t think any defensive player actually progressed under his tutelage, and some may have even been retarded due to his horrible coaching.

    Fangio in charge will instantly improve that entire side of the ball, and if we reach the low 20 or even Teens in important defensive categories, then we’ll have a fighting chance (barring killer turnovers).

    And no team has a bigger first game than the Bears, I would argue.

    Right now, everyone has us battling the Vikes for last place in our division.

    If we catch the Pack off-guard, suddenly, every Bears fan and player gains supreme confidence and urgency, and then the question becomes, “Why not the Bears?”

  • is Bennett being a douche again? cuz if so, I always liked Gresham (barring health)

    Free agent Jermaine Gresham’s visit to the Cardinals will take place on Tuesday.

    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders and Saints have also maintained interest in Gresham after flirting with him earlierthis offseason. RapSheet notes that Gresham’s physical with teams will
    be “important,” as he is recovering from back surgery. Gresham turned 27 years old last month. – Roto

    • BearDown100393

      When did he stop?

  • Jack Lacan

    Are you ready for some football?
    Yes, as soon as Bachelor in Paradise ends…
    Television is spectacular.
    Did I see some “golf” references on this Blog? I must have dreamt it.
    If true about “golf” I’m blogging Roger Federer ATP comments.

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