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What To Watch For In The Most Meaningless Game

| September 3rd, 2015

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Remember last year when David Fales hit Santonio Holmes and Holmes made a move before scoring a 32-yard touchdown? Holmes looked like an NFL wide receiver when, in reality, he was just a veteran playing with a bunch of young players. It didn’t translate, just as nothing from the fourth preseason game does. Veterans usually look good because they’re going against rookies and we can’t tell if one group of rookies stinks or if the other is good.

But here is some stuff to watch for:

1. Offensive tackle. Will the Bears play Long over there? Will Long play at all? Where will Leno line up? Is Mills back with the starters? Can anyone else take the job? OK, you get it, it’s a nightmare.

2. Tight ends. The Bears picked up two tight ends during the week, even trading a sixth-round pick for one of them. It’s clear they don’t like any of the tight ends on the roster not named Martellus Bennett. It’s a safe bet that Khari Lee makes the roster since they gave up a draft pick for him, but can veterans Dante Rosario, Zach Miller and Bear Pascoe make the cut?

3. Wide receivers. All of the young players have made plays at some point this preseason, but none have shown consistency. With the injury question marks at the position, the Bears need to know if they can rely on any of them for a spot start. If not, they’ll have to search through the cuts made by other teams.

4. Ka’Deem Carey. No other running back should touch the ball, which means Carey has a prime chance to show he belongs in the NFL. The Bears are probably going to keep four running backs and Senorise Perry going on IR means that fourth spot is open. Whether it is taken by Carey or not could be determined in this game.

5. Zac Dysert. The perception was that when the Bears signed Zac Dysert, it was bad news for Fales, but it might also be bad news for Jimmy Clausen. While Clausen is out with a concussion, Fales and Dysert are expected to get all of the snaps, if they both impress, it could spell trouble for the injury-prone veteran. The word throughout Denver at this time last year was that they loved Dysert, some even thought he was better than Brock Osweiler. New Denver coach Gary Kubiak obviously disagreed even though they tried him with the second team over Osweiler in OTAs, but decided to move on last week. Dysert has more experience in Gase’s system than any other player on the roster and has good physical skills, that could be enough to get him the backup job behind Cutler.

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  • MB30SD

    Konichiwa bitches.

    …oh, and meh. Let’s get next week going already. Tired n of all the meaningless talk.

    • Trac

      Indeed!

  • Joecashflow

    Waiting for somebody to drop an OT in our lap this week. Surely we can’t go another week with just Jay Leno and Wilber Mills.

    • good OTs don’t get cut. Few teams have 2 good OTs, much less 3, and teams keep 4-5 on the roster.

    • AlbertInTucson

      LONG line of teams looking for O-Line help.

    • willbest

      F it. We should just line up 10 wide, and Jay can snap the ball to himself.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    I’m pretty excited about Dysert, given his experience in this system and his size for the position. I hope he can play and we can offload the pickle.

    • MB30SD

      BC, is that you?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        In the digital flesh old friend, welcome back!

        • MB30SD

          my maings. Thanks… happy to be back with all you motherfuckers!

  • The GP

    radio says:

    Mills to start and play heavy minutes at RT. Leno over at left, but only 1Q. Then onto Weaver and others.

    I say:

    Lawrence and Chiles will get a lot of throws. Fales and Dysert: I am all for sending Pickle packing.

    Rosario is a bubble guy, he was a Tresty thing. I want Pascoe to make the club because his name is Bear.

    I got a quarter that says Carey can’t even bust runs against scrubs.

    Look for Bostic and Mason Foster to start.

    Game isn’t even worth watching, just reading about after the fact. This team is going to strike the waiver wire hard and often. The Texans offense sucks with Hoyer and w/o Foster, but they have 2 bubble receivers that will probably get cut that are better than Lawrence, Chiles and Bellamy combined.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Chiles got cut, no?

      Pulling for Falesy and Tayo.

      • The GP

        Sorry, yep. Cameron Meredith from ISU is getting his spot and shot.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They kept Ify Umodu. I just wanted to type that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            AJ, Bellamy, Wilson, Rashad Lawrence, Eddie Royal, Cameron Meredith, Marc Mariani, AJ Cruz, Ify.

            Mariani (or Cruz) will stay as a STer, so if we carry five WRs then it’s AJ, Royal, Bellamy, Mariani, Meredith/Lawrence ? Wilson doesn’t look to make it – they might keep Ify because of his size, too.

          • Waffle

            lol, why wouldn’t Marquess Wilson make the team?

          • The GP

            another broken collarbone

          • Waffle

            I know you’re kidding but for a second I fully believed this comment.

          • The GP
          • Waffle
          • Waffle

            Ify is DA. He admitted it.

    • Bender McLugh

      Lawrence & Bellamy seemed good, nice length, decent hands. Who are the two on the Texans that are better?

  • The GP

    Some fuckwad in the loop scammed two college kids out of $400 with fake PRESEASON tickets?

    PRESEASON?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-chicago-bears-love-story-kass-met-0903-20150902-column.html

    Holy shit that is some Mordor level of douche evil.

    • more important: some dumbass college kid paid $400 for preseason tickets? PRESEASON?
      He paid more than face value for preseason tickets? Those are face value for regular season games… that’s insanely dumb.

      • MB30SD

        darwin Jon…. it’s aaaallllll about darwin.

  • The GP

    Diana Russini of ESPN blew the Skins GM for info on RG3? Stay classy Washington.

    http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/wife_of_washington_redskins_gm.html

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Notice there’s no denial….

    • NewBearInTown

      Reminds me of listening to the tapes of Blagojevich and his wife.

      Rich executive does not equal classy. Not even a little bit.

    • Trac

      It’s called the DC shuffle! Avoiding a lawsuit double time.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Tayo’s not on the roster !! WTF?

    We have 4 tackles. Leno, Bushrod, Mills, Ola, and he’s not listed at guard. Fuck.

  • Waffle

    Brady reinstated…..and a collective groan rises from the Indianapolis, Baltimore and Pittsburgh fan bases.

    • NewBearInTown

      If I’m a Pats fan, I’m pretty ticked off that my team didn’t fight losing our first round pick next year.

      If I’m any of the other 31 owners, I’m pissed off that Goodell screwed this up so badly. Again.

      But I still don’t think Brady is innocent of all punishment.

      • BerwynBomber

        As if the Brady fanboys needed something else over which to crow.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But now he’s a hero to the rest of the world.

        So Goodell pulled the trigger on a hugely expensive witch-hunt of Brady … when he had no proof linking Brady to the crime? He deserves the sack.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Piss on Judge Berman.

      Was that CHRIS Berman???

    • willbest

      The guy that picked Brady up in the 8th round in my draft is looking rather genius right now.

  • Waffle

    only within the Bears fan base can we obtain a QB that has not made another teams’ 75 man roster and have him annointed our “Big Ben”.

    https://imgflip.com/i/qiamd

    • Bender McLugh

      New Big Ben! Savior!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “While Clausen is out with a concussion…”

    That should read ‘While Clausen is out with a ANOTHER concussion…”

    • BearDown100393

      That is what is claimed by the Bears but really Clausen might have been lobotomized for all we truly know.

  • BTW, Dannehy was in a podcast (along with Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron) on my (ex) site. Worth a listen, IMO:

    http://www.dabearsbeat.com/2015/09/03/episode-26-preseason-roundtable-part-1/

    • EnderWiggin

      Do you have a new site that you work exclusively on?

      • no, I’m not writing right now (except for the occasional morning news links roundup on Da Bears Beat). Just moved, have a 1.5-2 hour commute now, and starting a new job in January. So still affiliated with Da Bears Beat, just kind of not doing much for the near future.

        • Waffle

          2hrs each way?

          • The GP

            uphill. in the snow.

          • MB30SD

            with shoes that I got from my sister’s, brother’s, uncle’s, grocer’s niece.

          • I wish I could afford shoes. Barefoot it is.

          • Sadly, yes. I live in Oak Forest right now, which is in the SW suburbs of Chicago. It’s a 5 minute drive from my new job (chemistry professor at my alma mater), which starts in January, but I’m still at Northwestern until then, which is a 45 mile commute through the city of Chicago.
            I can do it in a bit under an hour and a half if I leave at times when there’s not a ton of traffic, but bad traffic leads to 2+ hour drives. Right now I leave the house at 6:15am and get to work around 8 am, then leave work at 3:30 and get home around 5 or 5:15. Bears game today is going to add another 15+ minutes to that, I’m guessing.

          • MB30SD

            Holy shit. You’re a chem professor?!!?!?

            My god, I’ve taken one chem class in my life… I got a C, but only because the teacher loved my brother and I for taking his son under our wing in the weight room and on the football field. I’m sure I failed it. I was told there’d be no maths involved (in life).

          • yeah, in the tail end of getting my Ph.D. in chemistry at Northwestern.
            God that makes me sound so much smarter than I actually am.

          • MB30SD

            Impressive. Congrats!

            My HS chem teacher (mentioned above) always blew up a pumpkin Halloween week. My sr year I think he fucked up the ratios of explosive and blew out all the windows and doors in his class. Seems like a fun gig if you do it right.

          • we also used to throw sodium in some water in a big trash can in the parking lot in HS the day before Thanksgiving. Good times.

          • BerwynBomber

            Braniac.

            Seriously, that is impressive. I can’t imagine going to a school like NW or UofC.

          • DaMurph

            Hell yeah, Im impressed!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Good for you Woodsy. Got to eradicate commuting from your life though. Somehow.

          • it’ll be gone in 4 months. Just moved a bit early because my wife got a new job too, and it would have been a 2-2.5 hour commute from where we lived before.

            Once I start my new job (where I plan to stay for most of my career), I’ll have a 5 minute drive.

          • Waffle

            Holy Shit Wood, you could get a physics degree in the next 4 months at 1:55 a day in commuting. If you’re single find some chick and sleep with her for the next 4 months and stay up there…..not a student or Research Assistant though…

          • The GP

            Wildcat grad student poon

            (yuck)

          • married

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            get a helicopter. learn to fly.

    • Waffle

      Lester Wiltfong sounds like a name from The Onion.

      • he’s a guy I really respect who writes for Windy City Gridiron. Former offensive lineman and has coached OL at the high school level, really well informed and well reasoned.

  • The GP

    Bostic ankle, eh?

    It’s like the guy who misses all of his entrance ramps to the highway.

    • Scharfinator

      He really hasn’t shown much. Does he play ST well?

      • The GP

        Good question

      • MB30SD
        • Scharfinator

          So where is he in the preseason? GOSH! DOESN’T HE KNOW I NEED TO ARMCHAIR SCOUT OUR PLAYERS?!

          • MB30SD

            no idea my maings. I haven’t watched a single down of our preseason. who knows

          • I haven’t had a chance to watch the entire preseason, but I know he’s played more ST snaps than just about anybody. I don’t know how well he’s done though.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I haven’t noticed Bostic. Like I said, our best LBs are backups right now. Anderson, Timu, Acho. At DB, McMannis, Mitchell and Martin. All ballers.

      • I don’t recall him being in a single defensive play. I thought he was hobbled most of the PS.

        I doubt he makes the cut, esp the way Acho played, and the upside to Bass and some others.

  • The GP

    Al –

    We need you to Burma Shave the crap out the Brady decision. We’re braced for genius.

  • MB30SD
    • The GP

      Matty F gets some love.

  • Dysert Storm?

    ##FFPleaseBeaFranchiseQB

    • The GP

      Bear Pass Go?

      • This too shall pass. They’ll end up on the scarp heap of time along with 85clobberingClutts! and

        GreeneMachine

  • Mitchell can return kicks too? Holy fuck.
    Dude’s on the team.

    • BerwynBomber

      Hubby said he wouldn’t be surprised if Mitchell eventually starts at one of the CB sports this year.

  • Mariani-sauce! between his solid returning and decent WR play, I think he has to make the team.
    Some no name OG Moore made two solid blocks to spring both Carey and Langford.
    Mitchell once more on the spot recovering the football and trying to go all Deon. I think Timu was trying to hold him down, but he wanted to return it. Baller!

    • Timu just looks very comfortable in the middle. Good instincts. Angles. Stout.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Loved him and Anderson, Mitchell, McMannis, Martin thru PS. Pumped for this season. Diamonds will be revealed every week.

  • Trac

    Fales looking like Montana?

    • haha, not really. He took too long on both of the plays in the redzone under 1 min.
      left them with 3rd and 1 with 6 seconds left. Should’ve threw it away immediately on 2nd to at least get one last chuck into the redzone or at least get a lil closer for Gould (who missed).

      Fales has looked OK. No better than Clausen has though.
      Plus, when was the last good QB with long hair? Namath?

      • BerwynBomber

        At times, Elway, Brady and maybe even Montana — at least peeking a bit out the back of their helmets, right? And didn’t McMahon have a little party in the back mullet or am I mistaken?

  • Trac

    For GP.

    Is Michigan still that bad? 3-3 2nd Qtr.

    • The GP

      Yes. Harbaugh has no talent, because nobody wanted to play for that fat POS Hoke.

      • Trac

        How the mighty have fallen.

  • Waffle

    http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/John+Waters+63rd+Annual+Writers+Guild+Awards+A0Txc07ngKPl.jpg

    Doesn’t John Waters look like George McCaskey? Do you think John Waters is actually a long lost McCaskey?

  • RenoBear

    Holy. Crap. I think you’re on to something

  • Nice throw from Fales. Dude rushed untouched. Threw basically a perfect fade going backward with guy all over him.

    • I still think Fales is an ideal backup in a best-case scenario. Continues to look smart and play within himself.

      Doesn’t have all the physical tools to be the guy you want as your starter, but crafty enough to get you through in a pinch if need be.

  • Waffle

    Carey running violently tonight

    • Big Mike

      Trying to make a squad somewhere. Good for him.

      • Waffle

        If we had dallas’ offensive line I’d keep forte, Carey and Langford and pound the rock. But we don’t…….

    • NewBearInTown

      Carey and Langford both with great stats this game. Its encouraging that our third string QB and RBs are talented. Means we’ve got some good prospects to add to the mix once we start trimming the fat off our starters. And there is a lot of fat.

      • Waffle

        It will be weird to see big names trimmed on D

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          what big names???

          • Waffle

            Maybe young…..haha, andddddddddddd, I guess Willie Young?

  • Irish Sweetness

    As suspected, our backup defense is better than the names on the sheet going into PS.
    Seven sacks? Takeaways. Mitchell shows up again. Sherrod Martin makes his case at safety. David Fales is an awesome kid, happy for him. Ify catches a beaut for 6. Mariani nails his spot on the tem. Running the ball all over the place. Shutout.

    What’s not to like?

    • BerwynBomber

      Been the story the whole season. Second and third teamers have played with fire and passion. First team mostly meh.

      Leads me to believe that if Pox had their druthers they would have blown this whole thing up and started from scratch. Minnesota had that feel the last two years and it may soon pay dividends for them.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s all good though. It was the last pre-season game for everybody, difference is we got a shutout. That means we did a lot of things right, and only made a few mistakes. It couldn’t have gone much better.

        We also din’t jinx ourselves by going 4-0.

        • starters outscored in all 3 games they played in (handily in 2 of them), backups didn’t give up a single point all preseason and scored about 60 of them.

          So Chicago apparently has competent depth, but lacks quality players at the top. Too bad we can’t force teams to play the 2nd half with backups all year long.

          • That’s pretty muxh my biggest concern w bears. No true blu chip playmakers at the top. Need a few of those to truly make a run, or insane coaching, luck

    • MB30SD
  • Irish Sweetness

    Jennings joins Melton and Conte in Tampa.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000521403/article/tim-jennings-signs-with-tampa-bay-buccaneers

    Lots of cuts to make … this is going to be hard.

  • The GP

    Go Fales and Dysert.

    #PuntthePickle

  • Scharfinator

    THIS WAS A GREAT GAME WITH LOTS OF MEANINGS. BEAR DOWN WE WIN

  • BearDown100393

    The most meaningful meaningless preseason game in NFL history.
    Or maybe it wasn’t.

  • Waffle

    watched Tampa v miami.

    glennon = bad
    khaseem greene 99 yd int return for td

    • The GP

      Good on Greene.

      • Waffle

        greene cut

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