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Random Camp Thoughts: Volume I

| August 4th, 2015

willie

– I could care less how many interceptions Jay Cutler throws in training camp. You know why? I know the talent level of the Bears secondary. (This is not a Jay slight. Just pointing out the nonsense of some camp reporting.)

– Jimmy Clausen probably looks poor in camp practice because Jimmy Clausen isn’t any good.

– I have a feeling Cutler is going to throw the ball more to Eddie Royal than any other receiver.

– Can we give Willie Young more than a half week before writing him off on the Bears defense? If Willie Young weren’t on the 2014 Bears defense they might have allowed 60 points half a dozen times.

– I hope Marquess Wilson turns into a special player. But he’s not one yet and it would be helpful if folks used reservation when discussing him.

– Think the Bears offensive line and run game is going to keep them competitive almost every week. But they won’t be able to hide that secondary.

– When I hear a team is being secretive regarding a player’s injury I think, “Maybe we are all taking this sports thing a bit too seriously?” Does the Bears revealing anything about Kevin White’s shin really make a lick of difference? I don’t see how.

– Do you know how bad a defense has to be to get excited about Mason Foster joining them? Sam Acho?

– Why does anyone care what Mike Martz thinks about Jay Cutler’s potential season? Do you? I don’t.

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  • SC Dave

    First to say I’m miles from excited about Acho

    • I’ve seen Aaron Leming on Twitter talking him up as a starter. Yeah… ok. Chicago’s 3 highest paid (and arguably best) defensive players all also play his position, which only has 2 starting spots.

      • ha. where the heck did Leming come from? Seems like he came out of a pod or something.

        Barring inj, it’ll prolly go.

        McPhee-Shea-ChristianJones-Houston (oh, and Allen)

        Though I suppose “the jack” is still a bit of a mystery. If Acho outplays Jones, maybe Jones isn’t that guy (not to mention Bostic).

        • From what I understand, Acho has been working exclusively at OLB. Sounds like Jack will be Jones or Bostic, and Mike Shea or Foster.

  • The GP

    And… In other news, a south side man named Johnny Waffle set fire to the simulation’s computer by pouring a bottle of alcohol called “Tradewind” over the keyboard, lighting it with a match while yelling “burn you motherfucker, burn”

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/grizzly-detail/NFL-Simulation-Predicts-Bears-to-Finish-Dead-Last-in-League–320636572.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_CHBrand

    • BearDown100393

      Apparently the simulator factored in the sudden contraction of the Bucs.

      • Trac

        The Bears should win at least 7 games.

        • BearDown100393

          “should”

          • Trac

            Ha! You caught that.

    • Trac

      The pig on the loose story below the Bears one was more interesting.

    • SC Dave

      You’re talking USA Today… ’nuff said

    • Waffle

      haha, the computer lost me at Colts in the Super Bowl. Colts will be perennial winners of the AFC South and that is it.
      Also, Tradewind is so destructive that you don’t even have to light it once you’ve poured it. It’s the devil’s piss.

  • BearDown100393

    “Does the Bears revealing anything about Kevin White’s shin really make a lick of difference?”
    Was this sentiment also previously pondered over “Gabe’s knee” or “Chris’ lower back”? My guess, is yeah for more than a few out there, it does indeed make a difference. The barometer of trust may have already dropped a few points over Ray McDonald. Drafting a guy now labeled “a project” with perhaps (my 2 cents here) a possible cracked fibula before camp even commenced makes the circle of trust with Pace even more suspect. Time as always shall be the ultimate judge.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, Kevin White the next wasted #1. Isn’t that what the Bears always do? Is not Kyle the exception to prove the rule?

      • willbest

        Well Kyle Long. Fuller could be a 3 game wonder.

        • BearDown100393

          Maybe but I don’t think so. Considering the coaching staff woes, it might be a significant accomplishment that he had those 3 games in the first place.

        • BerwynBomber

          He was still effective at the end of the season. Even the best CBs get beat and you can’t expect them to create a dozen TOs a year.

          The big issue with Fuller will be, IMV, less his skill level/productivity and more whether he can stay healthy.

      • let’s say, for argument’s sake, he has a cracked fibula and misses the entire season. but then he comes back healthy for 2016. doesn’t that make him kind of like alshon, minus a few games the rookie year?

        and isn’t a broken fibula an injury you don’t have to worry about derailing a career? unlike a lineman with a busted knee or creaky back?

  • Trac

    My only thoughts have to do with waiting it out until preseason. Until we see our boys perform, everything is vain speculation and I’m not a vain guy.

    • willbest

      And by preseason you mean September, because lord knows very few teams look like they are in football shape until October anymore.

      • Trac

        I can only comment on what I see. That is my point.

  • J. C.

    A QB never looks good when he is chasing a lead in almost every game he plays. He is more likely to throw into coverage out of desperation. 2 years ago the Bears were only second behind Denver on points scored then last year a combo of predictability and line injures along with a horrible D destroyed them. Coaches are gone and Marshal is playing for New York so it seems very important how healthy the rookie is. If the D is better ( couldn’t get much worse ) and the line and rookie are and stay healthy, there is no reason to not to think that this year could be better than 2013.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He certainly appears to be sharp in practice this year, and enthused.

      • BearDown100393

        Have not read one significant criticism of his play so far in camp.

  • Irish Sweetness

    ” I could care less how many interceptions Jay Cutler throws in training camp / Just pointing out the nonsense of some camp reporting”

    What reporting? He hasn’t turned the ball over in five practices.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-jay-cutler-turnover-free-through-five-training-camp-practices

    • willbest

      I think that is the point. Cutler isn’t throwing interceptions because the secondary sucks, not because Fox/Gases finally unleashed Cutler.

    • If Cutler can keep his INTs under 15, and his fumbles under 5 while throwing 25 + TDs (preferably in the 30s), then I think I can live with that.

      For him, that’d be reasonably efficient.

      But as always, it also matter WHEN those TOs and TDs happen.

      TOs in the redzone or close games are killers, while TDs in junk time 50point blow-outs matter little.

      • Irish Sweetness

        32 TDs 15 TDs from Cutty would be playoff material for us, assuming defensive turnaround (and why not?).

  • Waffle

    I’m calling it here first. Cutler is going to have a pro bowl year…..and you know that this then has to be the year that one of his kids contracts the Hunta Virus or some shit and some kid in his play circle will die…yet he will live. All Cutty glory will be lost in the subsequent media firestorm that engulfs the nation. Lost will be that magical 36/8 TD ratio, only 2 fumbles lost, leadership on the field, joking with the media…..it will be all about the Hunta.

    • BerwynBomber

      36/8? Hah! At that point he won’t merely be a Pro Bowler but likely first team All-Pro. And maybe league MVP.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They’re A-rod numbers, is he capable of that? The 36 maybe, but the 8 would be a sea-change – the Elway turnaround. Something tells me Cutty isn’t Elway.

        • Waffle

          If I lined up the rosters of those teams next to the Bears you would simply stop being a fan of Chicago.

    • Cutty goes 36/8TD, then we’ll all pitch in to buy you a lifetime supply of Tradewind.

      • Waffle

        haha, a lifetime supply of Tradewinds would be less than 47.65 with tax included. I’ll need a bigger prize than that…..

  • Irish Sweetness

    No love for Amos/Mundy? I was hoping for that CB in the first this year though …. it’s Jennings- not Fuller – that worries me.

  • AlbertInTucson

    – “When I hear a team is being secretive regarding a player’s injury I think, “Maybe we are all taking this sports thing a bit too seriously?” Does the Bears revealing anything about Kevin White’s shin really make a lick of difference? I don’t see how.”

    If you treat the injury reports like they were a part of the Manhattan Project you INVITE overreaction.

    • As long as White’s inj is not a recurring type.
      And if it IS, whoever did the medical evaluation on him should be fired.
      As if we don’t have enough 1st rds busts do to bad medicals.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “– Do you know how bad a defense has to be to get excited about Mason Foster joining them? Sam Acho?”

    Pretty Freakin’ Bad?

  • Big Mike

    Kevin White.. SMFH. Goddam it

  • Trac

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