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Offense Has Talent & Vision to Carry 2015 Chicago Bears

| June 14th, 2015

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2014 never happened. It never took place. It was a kind of perfect shit storm that rarely strikes an organization in professional sports. Last year’s Chicago Bears were not just a horrendous football team. They were a public disgrace; an alarming amalgam of overmatched and out-witted coaches, underperforming and over-chatty divas and straight up rats.

It never happened. Any of it. And understanding that concept allows one to draw an optimistic conclusion: the Bears 2015 offense has the talent and vision to carry the club through a successful campaign.

Does this mean they will be a playoff team? Perhaps not. A winning record? Possible if not likely. What this means is they will be competitive week to week. They will line up and play sixteen professional games whilst delivering sixteen professional performances. They will be an enjoyable experience for their loyal fans.

The Bears have a good quarterback. Not a great one. A good one.  They have a great running back, a top tight end and a receiving corps that brilliantly fits the offense their coordinator wants to run. The middle of the offensive line has the potential to be downright nasty. The tackles? They are the offensive roster’s only noticeable hole but if Jermon Bushrod and Jordan Mills stay healthy they will be serviceable on the edges. (And if only one of them provides serviceability, the Bears coaches will find a way to cover the weak link.)

This is a very nice collection of offensive talent. If Kevin White delivers the type of rookie season receivers seem to deliver with regularity nowadays, this is potentially a great collection of offensive talent.

There are two dozen offensive coordinators across the league that would sign for these players right now. Adam Gase doesn’t have to. They are his. If Gase is as good an offensive mind as many around the league seem to believe, there is no excuse for this offense not being ranked in the top half of the league in every meaningful offensive statistic.

If the Bears offense plays to their ability and the combination of Fox & Fangio can simply make the defense better than abysmal, this suddenly becomes a football team.

2015 is not about erasing the shameful memory of 2014 because 2014 never happened. It is about improving on the offensive performance of 2013 – a season that ended with many of us believing the Bears were on the precipice of delivering their best offense in organizational history. If that happens, the Bears should be playing meaningful football games in December. 

Who wouldn’t sign for that right now?

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  • Viva

    I would sign-up for that FIRST thing in the morning.

  • Viva

    Cro is on fire!

  • BearDown100393

    No it did happen. And I won’t forget.

    • Joecashflow

      God damn right it happened and I won’t forget either. Still a fan. Always a fan.

    • Sactowns#1

      Never forget gentlemen. Never forget.

  • John Doe

    One way to make sure offense will deliver in 2015…

    Sign Evan Mathis. Put him at RG. Move Kyle Long to RT.

    The fact that Mills is still injured tells you everything. If he is not healthy 6 months after the season ended, there is a good chance he will again play injured and be ineffective in 2015. And even if Kyle Long will have some learning curve at RT, he will be better than an injured Mills or any other option Bears currently have on the roster.

    John Fox drafted Evan Mathis in 2005 at Carolina. So there is a connection. And Bears have the cap space. Get an incentive laden deal done that pays Mathis top money only if he is healthy and plays at a high level.

    • Scharfinator

      Mills is done, I think. He has been out too long for this to be a simple injury.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Big Men + Foot Issues = Bad News.

        • John Doe

          Mills should be shut down for one full year and re-evaluated where he is next off season. He is not going be effective playing injured.

      • John Doe

        Exactly. Emery missed on Seantrel Henderson in the 6th round last year.. he is a big, mauling RT. Bills got a steal when they picked him in 7th round last year. Pat O’Donnell is another Emery bust pick, IMO. Way too inconsistent. That Oklahoma UDFA Bears had signed in 2013, Tress Way, proved better in 2014 for the Redskins. Had Emery picked Henderson instead of a punter in the 6th round last year, Bears RT problems would have been solved and would have been better off with Tress Way in punting department as well.

        • So many hypotheticals there. O’Donnell legitimately beat out Way in camp/preseason last year. Way had a gaudy punt average in Washington in 2014, but that does not mean he’s a better punter. Whole lot of variables go into that.

          And as for Henderson, everybody knew he had potential, but he was bad in college. Gambling on him was no different than gambling on Cornelius Washington in 2013. There’s a reason he fell to the 7th round.

          Hindsight is 20/20. You could go back for literally every draft pick and say “look at how good this guy who was drafted after him turned out! Should have drafted him!” Doesn’t mean it was dumb at the time.

          • SC Dave

            So that last paragraph

          • NewBearInTown

            With that said, how many times has the blog accurately spotted a bad pick and accurately picked a winner in the first three rounds? We universally scratched our heads with Shea and wanted Chandler Jones.
            Henderson/Washington/Mills day 3 players I agree with you wholeheartedly JWood. In the first three rounds, the blog has some more legitimate beefs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Moneyball, Woodsy. Give me the guy with the better average, not the better player. YPP punt is a pretty big deal in punting, and I’ll wager without knowing, that Way had more coffin-corners?

            And every team in the league passed on Henderson. A lot.

          • Sactowns#1

            Our punting game has been pretty terrible as of late. There’s really no place to go but up.

        • Joecashflow

          Tress Way was even better in pre season. Only reason he was cut was they drafted PO. Way will be pro bowl one day.

      • T’Challa

        Before giving up on MIlls, I would want to see the Bears try him at RG.

        • Scharfinator

          I don’t think he’s bad on the field. He just need to be out there playing. I would also love him to get out and be great at RG 🙂

          • T’Challa

            He has the size, strength, and demeanor to be a OG. His lack of lateral quickness is a detriment as OT.

    • I don’t think he was out for anything related to his foot last week. He had an article the week before saying his foot was completely healed and he had been told by doctors and veterans alike it was an injury that took 12 months to fully recover from.

      Not sure if I buy that, but we’ll see.

      • Irish Sweetness

        People mention Mills’ foot a lot. Not so much that he’s just not good enough. Kyle will clear the road over there. It’s just a matter of pointing at our best guy to go to RG.

    • let’s take Long becomes an avg RT, is that more important than a great RG?
      RGs frequently match up w the best DTs, guys like Suh, while RTs tend to go vs run stuffing DEs.
      Now, if they have an eye a. Him at LT w RT as temporary, then i can see the value there, but keeping the pocket clean inside gives tge qb a chance, and that inside push def helps the run and short yd plays

      • John Doe

        let’s take Long becomes an avg RT, is that more important than a great RG?

        Yes. In Kromer’s O-line interior was more important. Dave Magazu’s zone blocking scheme will need good tackles.

        And regardless of scheme, tackles are harder to find than guards. Plus Long’s athleticism is better suited at RT.

        • SC Dave

          No, its not

        • I can see that argument, but are avg RTs really harder to find than PBer OGs? That’s a goid question. All QBS hate that interior rush most, and RTs go against the likes of Houston, not exactly keeping offenses up at night.
          I say give long reps at RT, but i would like to see how Mills, Leno and that new fat bastard compete for the RT.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Don’t their salaries answer that question? Mills sucks in comparison. Long is a good player, so he should be at RT …. Tayo could be something special with the best coaching, he’s motivated to do well more than most. I really hope he make it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Tayo is bigger than Kyle Long by some way. I’d say we’d look pretty safe up the middle with Garza gone.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Sign a 33 year-old guard? Draft and develop. I’m pulling for Tayo at guard and Long moving to where he belongs. If Grasu starts quickly, that could be a helluva line – not a huge fan of our LT, but we could be good.

  • AlbertInTucson

    My first reaction: Wishful thinking.

    • Trac

      When was the last time a Chicago offense carried the Bears? Uh no!

      • Johnnywad

        Technically it did last year.

        • Trac

          To mediocricy?

          • Johnnywad

            Yes. But carried nonetheless.

          • Trac

            Meh

          • Johnnywad

            Indeed.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Kicked in the nards and bit at their ankles …. I don’t know that anyone gets carried to 5-11 !

        • AlbertInTucson

          Not with all those turnovers it didn’t.

    • SC Dave

      My first tbought? Vapid pablum.

      The whole post reeks of a mind ruined by Twitter.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sunday, June 14, 2015. Flag Day. Show the colors, folks.

  • Scharfinator
    • Viva

      AWESOME PICTURE!!!

    • SC Dave

      Lol… thanks, i needd that after this long day

    • Irish Sweetness

      NTTAWWT.

  • “If Kevin White delivers the type of rookie season receivers seem to deliver with regularity nowadays”

    This is a bit of a misnomer. It happened in 2014. There was no trend leading up to that. Exploded out of nowhere. Will it repeat?

    • Here’s what I mean. The table here shows average receiving yards as rookies for 1st round picks since 2006. 2014 came out of nowhere. I highly doubt that repeats itself, but we’ll see.

      http://i.imgur.com/2Nga39b.png

      • Irish Sweetness

        Dude, numbers. Kevin White is his own sample. If we had an accurate QB I’d be pumped for the aerial attack we could make. And Zach Miller is a dark horse to boot. Eddie Royal is golden, and I’m a believer in Jaquizz. In fact it’s the kind of setup where we don’t even need a cannon-armed QB, we need the Kyle Orton type, nothing flashy, just spread it around without so many lasers.

    • That’s the million dollar question. Is it an aberration or a trend?
      Rule of thumb was a WR doesn’t make a real impact until year 3, even Megatron in his rook year only had 45 catches and 700 yds.
      Odell Beckham might have had the best rookie WR season ever next to Moss, and the others like Evans, Benjamin, etc, made impacts early, but I do wonder if that will be the case going forward.

      I think GMs feel that way, not hesitating drafting WRs early now when in the past they got a bit of a “bust” label (Lions had a lot to do with that). That’s probably the part of the reasons the Bears felt comfortable letting Bmarsh walk, a proven consistent receiver, for White.

      One theory is that college is producing ready made NFL WRs (perhaps at the expense of NFL ready QBs and Safeties). I guess we’ll see, but it’ll be interesting to monitor.

      Maybe this past draft was simply the 83′ version of WRs?

  • I do agree that the offense has a lot of talent/potential. I’m intrigued by the improved depth at the skill positions compared to past years. Curious to see how it all plays out.

    • SC Dave

      Depth did not improve measurably unless white is close to bm, and we have a te close to bennett. Otherwise, all we got is a better slot wr who cutler does not know how to throw to anyway

      • Cutler has thrown to Royal plenty in the past. He also used Earl Bennett in the slot in the past, and Royal>>>>>Bennett. The RB depth is also the best it’s ever been by far, and Jacquizz Rodgers is a 40-50 per year catch guy there, so they have 2 really good pass catching backs. And I think TE depth will work itself out with some solid backups in camp.

        But WR depth and RB depth are definitely improved (though WR top talent has dropped off). They can spread the ball around more now.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I think that’s what they’ll get into Cutty’s head this off-season. Spread it around, and that doesn’t mean checking down from Brandon Marshall straight to Forte like he did. Look for the guy that’s wide open in space and hit him in the numbers if you need to rifle it. There’s a lot of dudes with talent there now. AJ for the jumpers, KW for everything. Sneaky Eddie Royal. Jaquizz/Forte (a back other than Forte who can catch and run, awesome!). Zach Miller has hands. That’ll do right there.

          Is this Cutty’s Elway-in-his-tenth-year turnaround? If Tayo gets on that line and Kyle is our RT, then at least we can run the ball for once.

          • Trac

            Yes, one day Cutty himself will be the Bears GM. He he.

          • The idea that Cutler locked in on Marshall is simply not true. He had almost identical targets to his top 4 guys last year prior to Marshall’s injury (all between 95-105 targets at the time).

            The problem was nobody outside of those 4 was involved, save Wilson for the 2 games he and Marshall overlapped. That’s where I think it changes this year. I count 7 guys who should be involved in the passing game: Jeffery, Bennett, Forte, White, Royal, Rodgers, Wilson.

          • BerwynBomber

            Nah, what killed us were Cutty’s YPA and TOs. I don’t think the TOs will ever be rectified, but Bears would be wise to drill Cutty into chucking it down the field. Cutler is a big-armed gunslinger. A modern-day Jeff George. Let him be what he is and live with it.

          • Trestman tried to turn him into Alex Smith last year. That will not be the case going forward. Square peg, round hole.

          • That’s pretty much what the WCO needs, but yeah, Cutty is a bootlegging long ball qb more in the vein of Shanny or even Norv Turner.

            Martz for that matter, though that was more about timing, anticipation and accuracy, three things Cutty struggles with.

          • I think Elway had some crappy stats early in his career (w regards to qb rating) , but no doubt he carried some turd teams for a long time until late in his career when they focused on tbe run.
            It would be nice if Cutler followed that , but I’m not holding my breath

          • Irish Sweetness

            He threw interceptions like a mofo. Cutty is Elway-lite for the INTs.

          • Johnnywad

            Sneaky Eddie Royal. Sounds like a bookie.

        • SC Dave

          I’ll believe Jizz like i did Ford. Show me

          • Jizz has shown it in the NFL. Averaged 53 catches the past 3 years.

          • Irish Sweetness

            jacquizz has already got tape – lots of it. Like a Mike Tolbert type.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I agree with you on the Cutler to Royal thing. Even Orton had better success getting Marshall the ball. Maybe Royal makes Cutty better in those situations, finding a hole and sitting down for the dump off.

        • I think Cutler will have some good games , esp vs teams with lil pass rush. Royal is a nice safety blanket esp if Bennett gets the boot.
          But as alway, it’s about consistency and TOs w cutty.
          Also, it would be nice to see him hi hit a slot WR in stride in the middle. Royal isn’t a wide radius WR.

    • Trac

      Potential belongs to those poor souls that never see the victory. Sho me the monay!

    • Irish Sweetness

      All teams and all players have potential, the word should be banned from the blog.

      Do or do not …..as Kermit the Yoda said.

      • SC Dave

        Yes.. there is no “try”

  • Irish Sweetness

    Where can the offense carry us?

    Defense wins championships.

    • Big Mike

      Be happy for a minute would you Irish 🙂 No championships this year. But do you know how far from playing 16 respectable games and playing games in December that provided any joy, last season was? Last year is erased, it’s gone.

      • Irish Sweetness

        No expectations here, Mike. I’m sure we’ll all have a certain feeling/expectation going in … and then week two hits and it’s all suddenly very different. The pressure’s off … NOBODY expects us to win anything.

  • Trac

    Let’s lift our glasses to the prospect of the Bears engaging in trench warfare this year. Bully I say, bully!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Isn’t it? Tayo and Grasu are new, Goldman and Fatboy Williams on the other side … can’t wait.

  • Trac
  • Big Mike

    There is nothing about this post to disagree with or not like. What will we talk about? Oh yeah Lord Stanley in the house .

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Jerramy Stevens, the husband of USWNT goalie Hope Solo, defended her on Saturday, calling the domestic violence allegations a ‘witch hunt.’.”

    Translation: Leave my meal ticket alone, please.

    • BearDown100393

      Just means he is getting it the worst.

  • The GP

    Jeff Ross has had some risque jokes. I need to watch the prison gig.

    “Shaq, your knuckles look scraped, did you walk here?”

    “Sandra Bernhard, I wouldn’t fuck you with Bea Arthur’s dick.”

    • Waffle

      Besides the old Dean Martin roasts, the next best thing was the early to mid 2000’s group of Jeff Ross, Greg Giraldo, Nick DiPaulo, Lisa Lampanelli, Sarah Silverman……
      That group was like the Blackhawks core group and you just built around it with Kimmel, Andy Dick, etc. haha, laughing just thinking about it.

      • BerwynBomber

        Loved Greg Giraldo. He killed it every single roast. Shame that drugs took his life.

        • Waffle

          He simply couldn’t kick heroin even though he knew it would kill him. Left a wife and little baby girl I believe.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Is Jeff the guy that wouldn’t have a career without roasts?

        Gilbert Gottfried is great. It’s hilarious listening to him in real life and he’s just this normal soft-spoken dude.

        Silverman needs to STFU about her vagina.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Our Offense was “respectable” in 2013 as well. Where did that get us?

    DEFENSE.

    This is and always will be the “key” to a Bears winning season.

    I still have huge concerns about our “D” and if our Defense can be “respectable” I’ll be happy. We all know the talent on our Offense was squandered last season. Now with our new GM and Coaches as well as a new outlook, I am confident our Offense will be fine.

    It’s our Defense that will dictate how well the Bears will be in the next two seasons.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I thought the 2013 defense went down as “Historically Bad”?

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Exactly my point. Even with a decent to good Offense, without a good Defense, it’s not going to matter, 2013 proved that. Our defense the last two seasons were below crap level. I’m more concerned about how they come out of that hole this season.

    • SC Dave

      I think you overrate the offensive talent

      • Johnnywad

        They’re just one season removed from being the second highest scoring team in the league. Gotta be something there to work with.

  • TheBigCheesy

    If you want to take away the INTs, the benchings, the press conferences, the mutinies, the witch hunts, the fifty-burgers and the firings, then do what you feel you need to do. But don’t you dare expunge this from the record:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/chicago-bears/0ap3000000417882/Lamarr-Houston-injures-himself-celebrating

    That most definitely happened.

    • The GP

      That play was 2014 personified.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Sometimes I find myself so intensely in to whatever I’m writing that I don’t notice I’ve been watching Sleeping With the Enemy for an hour.”

    I’d be willing to guess that half of TV “viewing” is strictly as background noise.

    Commercials that start in silence gather a lot of attention because suddenly that background noise is no longer there.

  • Trac
    • BearDown100393

      Another ESPY winner.

    • Sactowns#1

      Awe… mommy and daddy have hurt little feelings.

  • Waffle

    haha, Shady, you’ll never guess what stock I bought after it bottomed out that just proceeded to go up 22.1% in the last 2 weeks which I promptly sold and used the after tax proceeds to fund my Stanley Cup and NBA Finals gambling unbeknownst to the wife. Mwa ha ha ha ha. I simply cannot lose when it comes to gambling. What a country!

    • Trac

      Oh yeah? Then why aren’t you allowed to gamble? Lol

      • Waffle

        haha, my wife doesn’t share my viewpoint on the need to gamble good money on the outcomes of sports contests played by other men. She would rather me bet on myself and control the outcome. Damn woman and her rock solid common sense.

    • Shady

      Those crazy Chinese internet/green energy stocks. They can cooks the books with the best of em. Good times.

  • The GP

    Jed dork just said the Niners may consider going to LA

    • BearDown100393

      Might as well. The 49ers already left San Francisco.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jed needs a muzzle and a keeper.

      • BearDown100393

        I hope he stays forever with the 49ers and never shuts up. I hate that team.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yes, upon further review, keep it up, Jed!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      didn’t SF just build them a billion dollar stadium…. i think he has the making of the next Al Davis(the senile years).

  • SC Dave

    Gee, no Hawkce posts?

  • Trac

    Hawks win! And there were plenty that didn’t think they could do it a month ago.

    • BearDown100393

      I didn’t. Glad to be proven wrong. This is outstanding team with great character.

    • SC Dave

      Looking maybe Bulls like now. Unfortunately, the only team that matters sucks. Soon, the refrain will have to be like the fucking Cubs… “wait til next year” . Grrr

      • Trac

        How can you say that Dave? Totally disagree with your take on the Bears upcoming season.

    • AlbertInTucson

      All hail Blackhawks GM, Stan Bowman!

      3 Cups in 6 years in the Salary Cap era is AMAZING!

      Likewise, Coach “Q” !

      • crazy to think they’re a game 7 OT loss away from a 3 peat.

        • AlbertInTucson

          On a goal that took a feakin’ kangaroo hop over Crawford.

          • and I believe was offsides? Or a goal earlier that game was.
            Still, the Kings were their equal that year (just like the Ducks this year). Usually Chicago comes out on top in those series, but the Kings found a way. Kudos to them.

    • I was one saying if they traded away the entire draft without winning a Cup that would be an epic failure.

      Looked like that might happen. But then Q put Vermette at C and Teuvo back in, and that fixed the 3rd and 4th lines (by shifting Shaw to 4th wing). The rest, as they say, is history. After that change, Hawks went 13-5, 13-4 in games in which those 2 played.

      • Viva

        Word.

  • Viva

    Da Hawksce!

    • Shady

      Fuck yeah!

  • Trac

    This is what I’m hoping to see in the Bears locker room under the Fox era. What a great story line, congrats to the Blackhawks and to the city of Chicago, well done.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/38480/kimmo-timonen-i-leave-this-game-a-champion

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Timonen’s story is like a Hollywood movie. The guy had a dream that he just could not let go and for once in this cruel world, it paid off. Awesome job Blackhawks!

    • the video of Toews giving the cup to Timmo, him raising it up with a look of sheer joy on his face, then trying to hand it off while Toews tells him to take the first skate with it… oh man. Somebody was cutting up onions while I watched that last night.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They did the same thing for retiring Jamaal Mayers in 2010.

        Class operation.

  • The GP

    In the last 17 years, no team that lost Game 3 in the SC Finals ever went on to win the cup.

    Until now. Streak broken.

    What was amazing was watching the Hawks get jumped by teams coming in with this or that: hard physicality with the Ducks, a fast fast transition game with the Lightning, and then watching the Hawks “figure it out” and make adjustments until the tables were completely flipped.

    I’ve never seen a team in any sport make adjustments and respond from being whipped to whipping so completely. Coach Q must be some sort of hockey genius, like Phil J was to the Bulls.

  • The GP

    I don’t even find the Martellus Bennett shit cute anymore. He’s not clever. He’s not witty. He’s a dope. If he never met media again, great.

    Jeff has “Unicorn regret”.

  • Sactowns#1

    And welcome back Unicorn. Your zaniness has been missed.

    • Zaniness gets old. Just ask jim carreys career.
      LLet’s hope he doesn’t body slam White this training camp

  • I normally don’t read Don Banks, but it’s the preseason, and filler-time.
    He ranks the past 10 QB classes.

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/04/09/nfl-draft-best-quarterback-classes-history

  • New thread.

  • AlbertInTucson

    When Adam calls plays, does he first (wait for it….) GASE into his Crystal Ball…?

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