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Notes from Day Three of Bears Camp

| August 1st, 2016

Bears Offense

• Context is the most important thing when it comes to evaluating training camp, but it often gets lost in the shuffle.

That was my biggest takeaway from Bears training camp Saturday morning as I watched the team run through routine drills before a few sessions of 11-on-11 scrimmaging. Daniel Braverman is too crafty for the Jacoby Glenns of the world to stand a chance, but does that mean he’s really standing out? He has stood out in the way that he’s caught more passes than any other player in camp, that he’s clearly better than Kieran Duncan and Derek Keaton, but the constant reports about him excelling are misleading because of who he is competing with and against.

There is an inherent problem with moving Braverman up the depth chart: Is he better than Marc Mariani? I don’t think he is and Mariani towers over Braverman (you don’t understand the size difference until you see them standing side-by-side. Mariani is significantly bigger). I expect Braverman to continue to stand out against the bottom of the depth chart guys and that should earn him a roster spot. I’d warn against anyone suggesting he’s going to earn actual playing time this season, however.

• The Bears mainstream writers and other bloggers have written extensively about how the Bears are going to have a running back by committee approach this season, but it certainly doesn’t look that way right now.

The common thought was that Ka’Deem Carey was going to get carries — even though there really wasn’t any evidence to suggest that that was going to happen. On the first day in pads, Carey was third on the depth chart and the only back outside of Langford to get any run with the first-team unit was Jacquizz Rodgers. If Rodgers continues to play like he did on Saturday, he’ll have the backup job locked up by next week.

There are a few parts to this. The first is that Rodgers looked legitimately good on Saturday. He had a few nice runs, including one against the first-team defense in which he made a great cut to get into the open field. He also stayed on the field with the second-team offense.

The next is, if they’re going to have a RBBC approach, Rodgers isn’t the kind of back who is going to get 40 percent of the carries. He’s always been a change of pace back who is solid on passing downs.

Rodgers’ gain, of course, is Carey’s loss. Carey didn’t look bad on Saturday. He had a nice run against the second-string unit in which he broke a couple tackles and got outside. He struggled badly in pass protection drills, however, where as Rodgers and Langford both looked good.

• I expected to see Leonard Floyd destroy Joe Sommers in a pass protection drill and I was disappointed. I’m not going to read too much into that, but Floyd went for a bull rush and Sommers, a UDFA from Wisconsin-Oshkosh, held him up.

I also expected Floyd to blow by Adrian Bellard, but he didn’t. He did show the athletic ability that made him the ninth overall pick when he got in Hoyer’s face on a screen pass, but the pass was completed. Floyd also held up well against the run, from what I could see. I just didn’t see the pass rush, but it was also his first practice of the summer so I’ll wait to make any judgements.

• The Bears starting offense gave up two sacks during 11-on-11 scrimmaging. The first was to Lamarr Houston, the next to Akiem Hicks (according to the Tribune as my view was blocked). I’d really need to see replays to determine who got beat on those plays, but it should be a concern for the Bears.

Kevin White

• Jeffery and White are just two different physical specimens. You can tell just by the way they walk that they are different from pretty much every other player on the roster.

This is the first time I’ve seen Jeffery in camp, but his route running was impressive. He turned Kyle Fuller inside out on one route and just looked as smooth and precise as I’ve seen him.

White isn’t as precise in his route running, but it doesn’t seem like he needs to be. The first play the Bears ran in 11-on-11 was a reverse toss to White in which he cut back across the field and had what would’ve been a long touchdown. He also had a nice pickup on a screen and caught just about everything thrown his way. The one exception was a miscommunication with Cutler in which White sat on a route and cut in when Cutler thought he was going to stay put.

• I spent quite a bit of time examining David Fales and concluded his arm looks stronger in person. It’s easier to judge arm strength and how quarterbacks throw the ball in person. It helps you tell the difference between a strong-armed quarterback like Derek Carr and a guy with a cannon like Cutler, as I saw in person last fall. Fales obviously doesn’t have Cutler’s arm and probably isn’t particularly close to Carr, but he was as good as anyone else on the roster. He threw tight spirals with a good amount of zip on them, but it appears Hoyer has a big lead for the backup job.

Connor Shaw was pretty far behind everyone else. While the top three on the depth chart were taking a break and speaking with quarterback’s coach Dave Ragone, Shaw was still throwing in drills.

• The Bears might have a big problem when they try to play big offensively. With Khari Lee out, their second tight end was Greg Scruggs, a defensive lineman last year. Scruggs made a nice catch when they were going half-speed early in practice, but dropped another pass and struggled in blocking drills.

The other option when they go big is with a  fullback, which they did quite often on Saturday. It’ll be really hard to evaluate Paul Lasike until we get actual film on him in game action. Sommers did make a nice one-handed catch during a drill and held up against Floyd in a drill. Maybe he’s a find? But I’ll be nervous about this situation until I see it play out in actual games.

• John Timu intercepted Hoyer during seven-on-seven drills, but was roasted by Carey out of the backfield on another drill.

• Two guys started with the first-team defense who I don’t expect to be there when the regular season starts: Mitch Unrein and Sam Acho. Both are solid veterans who the Bears can rely on, but they have high draft picks at both of those positions who they need to take those jobs.

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  • Bender McLugh

    Happy Lughnasadh, everyone. Get your eat & drink on

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    The Bears might have a big problem when they try to play big offensively. With Khari Lee out, their second tight end was Greg Scruggs, a defensive lineman last year. Scruggs made a nice catch when they were going half-speed early in practice, but dropped another pass and struggled in blocking drills.

    What happened to that ivy league whiteboy TE they picked up? Rob Housler?

    • Ososfan

      He got hurt today apparently….

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Zach Miller and Cutty are on the same page. Miller is healthy. When he’s in he’s going to be blocking the edge or running a pattern. Fox/Loggins , DO NOT get him tied up inside in the preseason. Pretty please?

    Andrew, thank you for the updates. I agree that Unrein may not be 1st team D but he’ll be in the rotation and will definitely be in there in short yardage O. Bullard must overtake that spot.

    • Bender McLugh

      UNREIN!!!!

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    haha, I had forgotten that Biggsy blocked me on Twitter. I don’t remember being especially harsh with him.

    • MB30SD

      one too many Italian Beef and heartattack jokes

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        haha, it’s not a joke if it’s true….it’s still funny though.

        If you’re wearing a lot of pattern shirts and a constant pattern on your shirts is au jus stains then all is fair.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Surprised ur not black listed from all chi sports outlets like mickey got black listed from Vegas in Casino

  • MB30SD

    good report andrew.

    btw, can you go tell goldman to stop being a pussy for will

    • Ososfan

      Let him do the talking on the field when it counts MB! HAHA

  • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

    Per Jeff Dickerson on the Twitter machine:

    Bears tight end Zach Miller and receiver Eddie Royal suffered concussions, per head coach John Fox. Also, another injury for rookie 1st round pick Leonard Floyd, who was limited on Monday with a sore shoulder.

    https://twitter.com/DickersonESPN/status/760148501514911744

    • willbest

      That sucks.

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        Miller.

        That guy just can’t keep his shit together.

        • You’re about to get Jericho’d

          We should just run a 4 WR set called Ebony and Ivory. Alshon and White on the outsides and Mariani and Braverman in the slots.

          Lasike looks Hawaiian or Asian so he would line up in the one back set and then shift prior to the snap to either side to blow up whatever slot corner or safety comes up to cover our Ivories.

          • Swing Tackle of Destiny
          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            lol, yes.

          • MB30SD

            Have you seen the manning grocery shopping commercial where lionel richie opens… dude looks like the bottom half of his face has grown twice the normal size of a bottom 1/2 of a face. dude looks like he’s wearing a bakkara mask: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/44/BarakaMK9render.png

          • Swing Tackle of Destiny

            LOL

          • Ososfan

            Hahaha

          • SC Dave

            Gotta go with that. Call it a piano set. And if it works, the Grand Piano set.

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      Every single day that Miller and Royal are out in the concussion protocol is another day closer to the season where they don’t have knee or ankle injuries!!

      #BrainInjuriesHeal….KneeInjuriesLinger

  • beninnorcal

    Nice work, Andrew. One of these years I’d like to make it up there for camp.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    I was playing WWE 16 on the PS4 with my kids for laughs. The game is insane LOL fun, you can lift up the ring curtain and pull out a folding chair and hit opponents over the head with it. I want to play online with MB as Superfly Snooka and the Iron Shiek. I want to make a Marc Trestman character and then body slam him again and again. And THEN hit him with the chair.

    But the company deleted Hulkster from the game after his racist tweets. It has nearly everyone else you can think of, including The Rock (whose stats are insane). Good news? Bollea gets paid his $140M settlement today from the estate of Gawker. Bad news? The guy filing for bankruptcy, Nick Denton, only can liquidate about $10M, at best, to send over.

    Still, 10M is not a bad payday for the Hulkster. Little Hulksters can learn a valuable lesson. Don’t show your penis in public, even if it looks like a thermos.

    • MB30SD

      In! I’ll download this week

      • beninnorcal

        Maybe I should have gotten PS4 instead of One. The thing that really gets me is that there’s a MMO war game called Warthunder that I play on PC and you can, apparently, play it on PS4 as well, but not on XboxOne. Really grinds my gears.

        • MB30SD

          I see what you did there.

          but yes, bad choice. Xbox blows.

    • Sactowns#1

      Oh does it have Andre the Giant? If so he’s got to be unbeatable. I would also take Ultimate Warrior, Mr Perfect or George the Animal Steele.

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        It does have Andre, yes. He is a man mountain.

        As my son said, “his franco features have been distorted into Franken-stein.”

        • MB30SD

          Fraco-stein?

          smart kid

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

          Undertaker!

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        Bam bam Bigallo

    • Bender McLugh

      I read that last paragraph in Hulkster’s voice….awesome

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        message to all the little Hulksters. Say no to whipping the loaf out! stay in school!

        • MB30SD

          when in doubt, whip your loaf out!

          #Gorkedbyseals

    • Bender McLugh

      I’ll play as Legion of Doom, unstoppable!!!

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Do they have Mr. Perfect, billion dollar man or Nature Boy? Woooo!

      • Cormonster

        The Nature Boy Ric Flair just announced he is running for President under the Horsemen Party. Ole Anderson is slated to be the VP. He’s lined up an All-Star team with original Horsemen and future Brain Busters Arn “the Enforcer” Anderson as Sec of Defense and Tully Blanchard as Sec of State. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan is running the campaign and is slated to be Ric’s Cheif of Staff after inauguration. They got my vote.

        • CanadaBear

          I loved Bobby Heenan. He used to manage Handsome Harley Race and Pretty Boy Larry Henning (later in his career his nickname was The Axe, for his signature move). Every now and then Bobby would have to get in the ring to rassle and it was always hilarious. His interviews were legendary. Insanely funny.

          • Cormonster

            Heenan is easily my all-time favorite person in wrestling. Whether as a manager, announcer, or occasional wrestler, he always cracked me up. He was the ultimate weasel and had a great wit. I always preferred the heels, or bad guys. My favorites at an early age were the Iron Sheik, Baron von Rashke, Jesse the Body, and Ken Patera. Classie Freddie Blassie was another great heel manager.

          • CanadaBear

            We had the same circuit I think. I loved those guys and Dr X, Billy Superstar Graham and The Crusher. The Crusher started out as a bad guy but he was so funny and likable he became a good guy without changing a thing.

          • Cormonster

            Yeah, I think it was the AWA back then, with Mean Gene Okerlund(?) as the announcer and interviewer. I went to a few matches as a kid at one of the Waukegan High Schools. It was great. I don’t really remember the Crusher, he must have retired or been really old when I started watching. The story lines and interviews were almost as entertaining as the actual matches. It’s great too to see guys switch back and forth between being good guys and bad.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, he was getting up there when I was a kid. We used to sneak into the ballpark to watch the matches in the summer. We ran into The Crusher after the matches and he was awesome. He let us hit him in the stomach as hard as we could and just generally messed around with us for a few minutes. The rasslers would park their cars in right field and walk down the line to the dugouts/dressing rooms. When The Crusher parked his Caddy and was walking in front of the stands, a fan hands him a beer. The Crusher being The Crusher he drinks about half of it and tosses the cup of beer back to the fan. Of course, the fan got soaked with beer and the crowd went nuts. Even the guy soaked in beer.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

          Haha so awesome.
          I always thought a fan either liked Hogan or Flair like liking the Beatles or Stones.
          My friend who wrestled used to put on some Flair before hitting the mat to get pumped up

          • Cormonster

            I think Flair might hold the record for most championship belts, at least according to him. He was awesome.

      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        they have Rick Flair

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Per CBS Local 2 : Chicago Bears running back Senorise Perry injured his hip after slipping in the players cafeteria at Bears training camp in Bourbonnais IL. A Bears spokesperson speaking on the condition of anonymity claims that a member of the press corps was seen shuffling around awkwardly in the vicinity of the running backs table with an overloaded tray that “seemed to be dripping some sort of vinaigrette or sauce mixture for beef sandwiches”.

    • Scharfinator

      Can’t tell if this is for real or a joke…

      • beninnorcal

        It’s a Waffle.

        • SC Dave

          I thought that vinaigrette thing a little far fetched. Clearly, he slipped on melted butter at breakfast.

          • Dixiecnanney

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  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    dude, who did/does Larry Mayer blow to report for the Bears?

    • Bender McLugh

      Hub

      • Bender McLugh

        Try and get that image out of your head

        • Swing Tackle of Destiny

          impossible

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            try using a drill and 3/8 inch bit.

          • SC Dave

            Nope. Didn’t do it.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            Kumar on his knees gagging

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Braverman will make the team, he will be starting by week 3, he will be the greatest of all time.

    • willbest

      117 catches for 1964 yards, and 17 TD in 14 games as a rookie. book it.

      • MB30SD

        why do you hate him so much?!?! It’s because he’s jewish isn’t it?

      • Ososfan

        I like your thinking Will!!

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Which rook does hold receiving yards or catches record?
      Ditka? Moose? Waddle?

      • Cormonster

        Ditka for catches and Harlan Hill for yards. Gault was 3rd in all receiving categories. Get this – Hill had 45 catches for over 1,100 yards and almost 25 yards per catch with 12 TDs in 1954. Rashan Salaam was the rookie rushing leader, but it took almost 300 carries.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Hill’s rookie season with the Chicago Bears was a memorable one. He set a team record for most receiving yards (1,124) and most touchdown receptions (12) by a rookie.[4] The twelve touchdowns led all NFL receivers that season as he averaged 25 yards per catch on 45 total receptions [3] His best performance that rookie year came on October 31, 1954 against the San Francisco 49ers. Hill was a Halloween nightmare for the 49ers defense, racking up 214 receiving yards and four touchdowns,[4] the final one coming with thirty seconds left in the game to give the Bears a four-point victory.[5] Numerous accolades came Hill’s way following that season, among them being named 1954 NFL Rookie of the Year, being an All-Pro selection, and participating in the 1954 Pro Bowl.Harlon Hill went from non-drinking rookie to having to battle alcoholism.- Wiki

          A completely SEVERED achilles tendon shortened his playing career and he also battled alcoholism.

          To his credit, he dried out and became an outstanding college coach and educator and has a Division II college football award named for him.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Note: Hill was playing 12 game seasons. The NFL went to a 14 game schedule in 1961 and 16 games in 1978.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            Wow. That’s some serious talent. That’s up there with Sayer rookie yr, more impressive maybe considering the era and no doubt crappy bear qb

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

          1100 on 45 catches! That’s insane. That’s gotta be close tp tops in avg for anyone over 1000 yds.
          Thxs Corm. Didn’t know that. Suspected Ditka cuz e came in like gangbusters. Wouldn’t have been surprised if Sweetness did either for catches

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    I just saw a video of one of our backup TE prospects. Former DT Greg Scruggs is now playing at 6’3 277 and looks like a fucking video game character out there. That is fucking huge. I don’t know if he’ll beat out Housler or Moeaki but that’s a lot of meat.

    • CanadaBear

      He was a defensive lineman converted to TE. Probably a killer blocker with hands like Roberto Duran.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      any word on Ben Braunecker, UDFA rookie out of Harvard? I remember there being some noise about him when they signed him, if I remember correctly college tape looked decent. I have not heard anything since, which is probably not a good sign for him.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        in the mix. Only 6’3 250 though. That’s like Alshon if he got fat.

        Seriously though, if a guy like Housler or Moeaki can stay healthy they will be totally fine at TE. Both can catch the rock and move the chains, both can block a bit.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          Being a Harvard alum I figured Irish would be a huge fan(he likes them smart guys), but haven’t heard a thing from him about him.

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            once Terry Williams got hurt he starting drinking again and is in a Thai prison.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            he got hurt?

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            shoulder strain

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I heard Thai prisons aren’t any fun. Should we try to hire some mercenary group to break him out? Is the A-Team available? Maybe Rambo, he is good at blowing shit up and rescuing prisoners.

          • MB30SD

            No, no one ever gets killed on those A-Team missions. They shoot like a million rounds, but no one ever seems to get hit… they just run and dive out of the way of the barrage of bullets long enough for our heros to escape.

          • MB30SD

            that’s me. I likes the smart boys. Love me some fitz viking beard!

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            you love how it tickles your nose. NTTAWWT.

          • MB30SD

            my *balls*

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            I stand corrected.

    • Swing Tackle of Destiny

      I found this picture of him on Da Interwebz, doing the whole Game of Thrones thing. Big guy.

      http://tinyurl.com/gpn88fk

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        guy’s a character. Teammates like him. His frame is enormous.

      • MB30SD

        that’s scary

      • SC Dave

        Is that really him? He DOES look like a video game character. He’s freakier than Cornwash. Hopefully, he plays a lot better too.

        • MB30SD

          you haven’t seen me naked…… yet.

          • SC Dave

            Well, this season I need to come out for whatever games we’re going to, and that can happen. All we need is 5 to 7 gals. Assuming you can handle two, that is.

          • MB30SD

            Ha!

            Viva la Viagra dave!!!

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Scruggs! Scurvy’s STD cousin.
      I actually think he started a few games last year (including last game)
      That’s not necessarily a good thing but glad they’re giving that dude a shot

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    From the “If I was the OC department”:

    Teams love to think they can just jump routes on Cutler, especially on bubble screens, slants, etc. On this play watch Kevin White take an inside route, the slot does a quick comeback and the team jumps the inside routes albeit unsuccesfully.

    I would fake that inside pass route and have Jay pump fake like he’s going to jam it in there and then let the TE (Miller) run his corner route assuming he’ll have an outside shoulder on the safety who will be looking in side for a highlight hit on the crossing route…
    http://bearswire.usatoday.com/2016/07/31/watch-jay-cutler-throws-strike-to-kevin-white-in-training-camp/

    • MB30SD

      according to yonny, miller got gangrene in his culo and they had to amputate his entire ass. He’ll be out for the next day.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        fuck it, Housler and Moeaki can run that route too. We actually have pass catching TE’s. The only issue is health.

        • MB30SD

          indeed

    • SC Dave

      Wow, that dude’s article giant stretch to make from some half-ass play in camp. The White hype machine is running a bit outside normal operating tolerances.

      • MB30SD

        why do you hate white so much, it’s because he’s jewish isn’t it?!

        • SC Dave

          Lol… naw. I’m just waiting to see something when something matters. Like a league game for something.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      I like it in theory but i honestly can’t remember jay ever pump faking. Might be due to never enough time, system, hands…

      But White will be a threat and should force the S back a bit, esp those hybrid ones who can’t cover for shit

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Joey. Bosa.
    Following the time tested instruction manual…”How to make sure that your first team regrets picking you”.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      next step. say some disparaging words about a beloved veteran teammate and claim he will have his starting job by week 2 or 3 of the season.

      • CanadaBear

        The re-incarnation of Cedrunk!

      • MB30SD

        then go and spit on Jr. Seau’s grave

  • Ososfan

    Y’all might not but I have a huge amount of faith in Braverman getting some starting reps this year! Bear down!

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    The thought of Hicks or Goldman landing on Rodgers is making me giddy. The delicate “crunch” or the collarbone snapping is going to be a precious moment. The D is going to make teams pay this year. The other team may win once in a while but as long as we hurt them in a clean and legal way and ruin their season then that’s all the really matters.
    “It’s not that the Bears succeed but that the rest of the NFCN also fail”
    – Johnny Waffle

    • BearDown100393

      Place a microphone right on the collar bone.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d
        • CanadaBear

          Did he catch the pass? Gotta love that. I broke my collarbone and a few ribs under my arm in a bike crash. Ugh! I didn’t hear it break because I got slammed to the ground at about 35 mph. Of course, I’m a better man for it!

          • SC Dave

            35?!? Downhill, no doubt? Or were you THAT good?

          • CanadaBear

            Oh, hell no! Downhill. I was screaming down a short, super steep hill and was cutting across the apex of the corner at the bottom. There was a sewer grate there that had sunk about 10″. I changed my line at the last second but didn’t make it around the corner. I hit the opposite curb with both wheels parallel to the curb. If I would have had about another foot or so I would have been OK. Both wheels hit and it slammed me to the ground at about 35 mph.

      • SC Dave

        No… we should be able to hear it with naked ears in the 27th row.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Work seems to have forgotten that I took 5 weeks of vacation and has been calling me all day. I have been letting it go to voice mail, not sure if I should call and tell them that I am still out another week. They do have a history of calling the police to do a wellness check on me if I don’t respond. I am planning on heading up to training camp one day this week.

    • BearDown100393

      5 weeks?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        yep it has been awesome. I get 5 weeks a year plus i get to roll over 4 weeks each year. I rolled over 4 weeks to start the year so I have 9 weeks total to use this year, and I can roll over what i don’t use to next year.

        • BearDown100393

          That’s great. Good for you.

        • MB30SD

          are you bill gates admin?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            nope just a lowly computer programmer that works from home.

          • MB30SD

            what languages?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Dexterity and some C#

          • MB30SD

            interesting. what’s dexterity?

            We are all msft stack on the api-side and angular on the frontend using a bootstrap template (and some C#)

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            it’s the language used to customize Microsoft Dynamics GP (ERP software). pretty archaic language, been around since early 90s.

          • MB30SD

            oh, why in god’s name did you choose that?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            needed a job when the economy crashed after 9/11 they offered me one. It’s been good to me. I am the Senior Developer on all our Microsoft contracts, I was in charge of the HR and Payroll modules of Dynamics GP for Microsoft for 6 or 7 years until MS restructured and brought it back in house. The company I work for is transitioning to msft stack programming, so right now I am in charge of keeping everything on the Dexterity side going until I also get transitioned over.

          • MB30SD

            cool. I assume you’re planning on picking up some new techs once the transition is done.

          • Swing Tackle of Destiny

            what’s dexterity?

            It’s a trait missing from Black Unicorns in the open fields.

          • MB30SD

            hee hee

            you spelled it wrong, it’s spelled… leadership

        • Bender McLugh

          You do you

    • CanadaBear

      Send them an E-mail after you leave for training camp! I used to work a job in a control room. When someone calls in sick somebody has to replace them. Our shifts were from 6-6:30 days or nights. If the phone rang around 5 AM it never got answered unless I wanted the overtime.

  • Swing Tackle of Destiny

    The athletes have been robbed, there have been two gas leaks in the Olympic village, and the water is teeming with viruses and bacteria:

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c8fc83db91614b4eaff15763b7d1c468/expert-rio-athletes-dont-put-your-head-under-water

    #BetterThanMunich

    there’s the new hashtag for Rio. At least the PLO hasn’t attacked the Israeli athletes yet. But given that Brazil has only provided 500 of the promised 3400 uniformed officers for security, who knows what may happen. If I am the Israelis, I make half the team armed Mossad. And I stay in a yacht off the coast.

    • BearDown100393

      The Olympics don’t care about its athletes. Any of them. This is about contract bidding and rigging schemes. Set a ridiculous budget, stick it to the tax payers and build the cruddiest structures possible. The worst, the better. Athletes Lives Matter? Not to the IOC. And certainly not to Rio.

    • MB30SD
      • Swing Tackle of Destiny

        awesome

        • MB30SD

          Loooove the aluminum. Such a nice look

  • BearDown100393
  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    What? Mariani is bigger than an Arbys manage!?
    It’ll only make the Braverman movie that much more epic!

    • SC Dave

      We probably need both those guys. I’m wondering whether Royal can stay on the field.

      • CanadaBear

        Not looking good so far. Same with Wilson.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Hopefully we see more from the backup TEs. I like Zach but he’s only stayed healthy one year and apparently he’s already concussed. Sucks about Royal too, he’s been good most of his career until he came here.

    • SC Dave

      And people question Jeffrey because he chose to train elsewhere?

      Don’t even start MB. I know you don’t like him because he’s Jewish.

      • MB30SD

        He’s a pussy I tell you! A pussy!!!

        • SC Dave

          Good to know things are back to normal between us, bro.

          • MB30SD

            likewise dave

          • DaMurph

            They all know you like the BEE GEES now, Shady told everyone how much you love Disco. Everyone knows your a woman’s man , no time to talk!

          • MB30SD

            Thaassss right Murph my brother!

            Viva la disco bitches!!!

      • BuddhaJoe

        ……and I don’t fucking roll!

  • SC Dave

    Gawd… what’s with the heat exhaustion shit? What’s crazy hot in Bourbonaisse… frigging 90?

    • Bender McLugh

      Climate change bruh

      • MB30SD

        hahahaha

    • SC Dave

      Yeah.

      Tangentially…

      I think the SEC should invite Big Ten teams to play in the south in early September, and in exchange, show up in Ann Arbor and Madison in early December

    • BuddhaJoe

      Bruised vag?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      happens every year. NFL is probably making teams report it more than they did in years past simply being more transparent when it comes to players health. No more hiding stuff like concussions.

  • SC Dave

    Speaking of “gawd”, I sit drinking Dale’s Pale Ale at an amazingly reasonable $2.50 per can, as typing on this blog crushes my Buzztime scores into the 11k range through inattention.

    But that’s all good.

    The astonishment came when some fucking BEE GEES came on the sound system here.

    How is it possible that people so abjectly terrible at music made SO much money doing it? To think Franz Schubert died a pauper, and Jimi Hendrix had no bank account…

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      watch it, you will upset MB. The BEE GEES are his favorite group of all time.

      • SC Dave

        Ooops

      • Shady

        He just loves disco… Bush.

    • CanadaBear

      Dave I know you know there is no accounting for taste! Talent rarely has anything to do with music popularity. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be to be extremely talented musically and you can’t catch a break to save your life. When you hear some of those pop singers when they aren’t being auto tuned, you just want to cry. Truly painful.

    • BearDown100393

      Simon Fuller.

    • MB30SD

      Dave, I was the first online marketing manager for buzztime (called NTN back then), my first job outta college. There some trivia for ya!

    • Doc Nitty

      I just had some of that this weekend. Good stuff.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    Good stuff Andy.
    Unrein and Acho are starting cuz they’re vets , one of many classic coach maneuvers .
    If Timu or Anderson could cover, they would be starting somewhere.
    I wonder how much fb we’ll be using. Considering our paper thin depth at TE, i imagine a lot.
    I’m also curious avout the RB pie chart. If Fox is gonna go by some formula or just ride the ‘hot hand’.
    Oline already giving up sacks good news for pass rush? If they weren’t going hard not looking too much into it. Usually skill positions shine in flag football.
    Any returners looking good on specials?
    Barring inj, should be Hoyer , Fales. Nice to hear Fales isn’t limp armed. Brady and Brees proved arm strength can improve. Still, maybe watching live isn’t objective enough.
    It’s like watching a band live buying their cd and finding out in the car they suck more than u thought!

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Seriously Jeff, stick to sports. Twitter is rotting your brain. You sound like a typical common denominator of idiots spewing their hatred when bringing up politics. You are better than this. Your blog has a lot of respect by many commentators and non-commentators alike and among your sports peers. Why are you watering down your blog brand, when you can actually reach out and make a difference the appropriate way? You have a great following so you’d have no problems if you started up a new blog that is nonsports related.

    COME ON MAN!

    Great read Andrew! Love the breakdown and your recognition of what is or isn’t translating on the field and not being a generic hype or doom worrying machine like many journalists do on major media sites! Keep it up!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      as someone that comments on here I have no problem with anything Jeff has ever posted on his twitter account. I may not always agree with his tweets but I have no problem with him speaking his mind on any topic on his account.

      • BearDown100393

        Except golf!

        • MB30SD

          Fuck golf

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Totally missed the point

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          well enlighten me. so far it sounds like you have a problem with Jeff posting anything political on twitter, and that by doing so it somehow diminishes his “brand”. Yet a lot of other sports people do not only tweet about sports and they speak their minds on numerous issues, and those people have much larger followings than Jeff does.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            It’s in my post….read it

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Pardon me, I thought I was a fairly well educated and logical person, and I have read your post several times, yet I am not able to discern your point. So for my knuckle-dragging side that doesn’t know shit, I am asking you to explain your point. If it helps, I will give a multiple choice of sorts for you to choose from to help me understand your point.

            1. you did not like one of Jeff’s tweets and used a very passive aggressive post to show your dislike. And you have no response for someone that wants to question/understand the intent of you post.

            2. you are implying a blogger, someone that makes a little money for his opinion, should not post any of his opinions on any subject besides the sports. Therefore censoring Jeff’s right to free speech, and his right to use the platform he created for anything except football. And you are assuming no one else is interested in any of Jeff’s opinions outside of football

            3. You just wanted to bitch and don’t want to backup or explain yourself.

            4. something entirely different that you are to stubborn to explain

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Donald Trump has been & will always be a piece of shit. I could have written that Tweet 20 years ago but it didn’t matter then. Matters now.

    And the exact same thing applies to Hilary, except POS would be an improvement her.

    • EnderWiggin

      I always kind of admired Hillary back when Wild Bill was in office. But changed my story fast when she made a gizzilion bucks from big pharmacies.

      • AlbertInTucson

        She will take the money from anybody. But don’t they all?

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

          Bernie still drives around in a yugo or something and although Biden might be a puppet he doesn’t strike me as greedy.
          But who knows? GW had that ah chucks Texan homeliness which Cheney pimped out

  • BearDown100393

    “Donald Trump has been & will always be a piece of shit.”

    I got nothin’

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      N.Y. on N.Y. smack down

  • That Guy

    So this is an interesting article.

    https://medium.com/@Chris_arnade/trump-politics-and-option-pricing-or-why-trump-voters-are-not-idiots-1e364a4ed940#.e9pode19q

    I’m curious more than anything what the pro-Trump folks on the blog think about this.

    • CanadaBear

      A lot of truth in that article.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Nothing new tbh. But here’s the thing. Bernie came from an elite background (like FDR) and many if his supporters did too (that harvard prof the article theoretically cited).
      To me thats a diff type of elite that only cares about economic capital (those that back Clinton and Trump).

      They couldn’t care less about inequality or lack of healthcare cuz fuk them that’s why.

      So i think even among the “elite” it’s binary.

      The really smart $ knows that investing in “social” capital is better for them and their children in the long run lest they tempt another Bastille Day , but other amoral or psychopathic elites only want $ NOW and fuck everything else , country, laws, justice.

      And naturally po whites and whites in general are gonna flock to Trump cuz his anti immigrant bluster makes them feel that THEY will be his priority, so as the article states, they’re just looking out for their clan.

      My issue w Trump is that he feels ike a snake oil man and will throw the cmon worker under the bus the first xhance he gets then likely blame them or the dems for it.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        You make so many assumptions and generalizations that we’d have to start a new blog just to address them.
        There is not enough time in the day to go through all that is wrong with our election and party system but I find it amusing that we have now gotten to a point where “college for everyone” is actually being thrown around by Hilary just to get Bernie supporter on board.

        Never mind the fact that half of this country is fucking retarded or that we can barely get alot of kids through grade school and highschool……we’re talking about college? College?? It’s a non starter like abortion and building a wall.

        Bernie’s tax plan for income and investments is borderline psychotic when combined with what places like Chicago are doing to homeowners in regards to property taxes.

        I mean think about how many times we tax the same fucking dollar man. This is not even a blue and red thing, this is a thing that is growing out of control because we elect people on all of the levels that are ill prepared and totally caught up in the game of politics that when they actually open up the books after the elections they have no idea how to address the issues short of raising taxes over and over and creating new fees and penalties.

        The only thing that brings change is when things get so fucking bad that people will say enough and look for an alternative. Trump and Bernie are not the alternatives that are needed right now. Clinton is like a band aid for the next 4yrs in the hopes that we get our shit straight. A singluar person or select group of people will never bring about the change that’s needed in this country.

        • Cormonster

          I read your original post and thought it was great.

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            dude, it doesn’t even matter. Don’t even waste the time. Both sides have true believers that run the agenda and the rest of us are stuck in the middle and pay the price for it. It’s all a big fucking joke.

          • Cormonster

            Speaking of taxes from your deleted post, my cousin and uncle just moved out of Illinois this spring and the #1 reason was property taxes. My cousin just bought twice the house he had in the Chicago burbs for the same amount of money after factoring in property taxes. They gave up their season tickets for the Bears, so I probably won’t be attending any games any time soon.

            People have no clue how much bullshit small business owners like myself go through and how we’re being squeezed more and more all the time. I had to eliminate health insurance for my employees because it was out of control. I also eliminated six jobs, doing two of them myself besides running the business, and just kept my top 7 guys. I make much more money this way without all the bullshit that having 6 more guys entails. And I”m just one small business. I could go on and on but like you said it’s not worth it.

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  • AlbertInTucson

    You know what I’D like to see come November?

    The Bears, still relevant.

  • Ted Reis

    Bears Mini Camp Review and Cutler rant at 2:54

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEEUlL8xmOk&feature=youtu.be

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