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Several Thoughts on a Horrendous Third Meaningless Game

| August 29th, 2016

Panic! Season over! Death! Cancel your Sunday Ticket subscription out-of-towners because Bears football will be scrap heap sport in 2016.

Here are some actual football thoughts.

(1) Whether it’s a smart move or not, the Bears clearly had no interest in showing Kevin White this preseason. I expected 3-4 bubble screens to the “rookie” just to get his feet wet in game action but Fox and Loggains didn’t see a need.

(2) Barely using White. No Eddie Royal or Zach Miller or Kyle Long, the Bears best offensive player. Not sure why anyone thinks what they saw Saturday after was the Bears offense.

(3) I didn’t notice Cornelius Edison. And that’s a good thing with the center position. And if you think I’m rewatching a preseason game, you sir are wrong.

(4)  You know where fans are going to notice Freeman and Trevathan most? The red zone.

(5) Cutler just wasn’t good Saturday. Looked completely out of sorts and inaccurate. But there were also several plays Jay would normally look to extend with his legs that he didn’t because, well, there is no earthly reason to expose yourself to hits in a practice game.

(6) If Tracy Porter misses time, I don’t know what the Bears do at corner. They don’t have the bodies. Some solid, young prospects but nobody ready to compete today. They’ll need to get to the quarterback.

(7) If the preseason showed anything relevant it showed what we already know. Bears need another offseason to get OL and secondary sorted.

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  • Scharfinator

    FIRST!

    I like these points here outside of one. I can recall specifically a bubble screen that hit the highlights that Kevin dropped but I’m not sure if they threw anymore at him.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    (1) Whether it’s a smart move or not, the Bears clearly had no interest in showing Kevin White this preseason. I expected 3-4 bubble screens to the “rookie” just to get his feet wet in game action but Fox and Loggains didn’t see a need.

    They threw a bubble screen to him. He dropped the ball.

    • BearDown100393

      When asked of Kevin White’s abilities after the game, Jay Cutler after some thought mentioned he runs really fast.

      • willbest

        I was going to say, In QB lingo, Cutler threw him under the bus. He might as well have said “F this guy”

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          hmm…. Can you send me a link for translating/explaining QB lingo? Does google translate cover QB lingo?

          • willbest

            Its standard PR curving. Generic positives attached to mild Criticisms means serious issues are just there to prevent manufactured press drama. You can just throw those away.

            Kevin White is not where Cutler thinks he should be after a year and 3 months in the Bears organization.

            By contrast when a QB is happy with his receiver he strings a bunch of praise together in an up tempo voice “He makes plays. He’s in the right spot. He does exactly what is asked of
            him. He’s the ultimate team guy. He’s out there making catches for us
            and he’s going to keep doing that.”

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            QB happy with a receiver like when Cutty over-hyped how great Hester was looking as a #1 receiver a few years back.

            I think people are reading a little to much into things. But go ahead and keep using pseudo-psychology to try and figure out what the hell any athlete means by what they say or don’t say.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nah, I remember Cutty throwing Hester under the bus. “He’s not a go-up-and-get-it-guy” amongst other. Brandon talked him up I believe.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I just find it ridiculous to put any stock in anything any player says. No matter who it is, any player on any team in any sport. It is baffling to me that anyone tries to read something into anything an athlete says. They are athletes not politicians or philosophers, no one should expect them to be able to speak fluently or coherently all the time or any of the time for that matter.

            Player A said this but didn’t say that about Player B, so that means Player A was dissing Player B. Player B should be pissed.

            ESPN has a whole show discussing that very scenario for an hour everyday. It’s called ‘First Take’ and it sucks.

            It’s no wonder a lot of players don’t like talking to the media.

          • MB30SD

            Beat me to the hester thing

      • Irish Sweetness

        Cutler’s comments were biblical. He reamed White without really reaming him. Somehow the dude still doesn’t know his playbook.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I remember posting that I could have caught that ball. He’s a professional receiver. That was a dump-off.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    (2) Barely using White. No Eddie Royal or Zach Miller or Kyle Long, the Bears best offensive player. Not sure why anyone thinks what they saw Saturday after was the Bears offense.

    Royal and Miller are out on concussion protocol, Long may have a torn labrum. It’s not certain they return for opening game.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      We saw EXACTLY the kind of Offense we’re going to have this season if some key starters are hurt or remain hurt. Yes these games are meaningless in the big picture but the poor play by the offense especially in the first quarters, is just too glaring to ignore. I’m still hopeful for .500 Bears season and Yes we need another GOOD draft to shore some spots up…no doubt. I’m still hoping the Bears are hiding their best stuff and will surprise us all with a winning season this year but right now it’s hard to look past what we’ve seen thus far.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I hope they draft OL in the first two rounds. We need some talent on that line more than we need defensive talent.

        • MB30SD

          Nooow! Not last year mate. You can’t fix 4 units in 1 off-season man. Dline and linebacker SHOULD be strengths.

          Can’t foresee injuries and freak double early retirements (or getting rid of a solid Vet for some reason no one outside of Halas understands)

          So next year hopefully it’s just oline and dbs turn. Praying to 8lb baby jesus

          • willbest

            Well most GM’s can’t Elway can rebuild an entire defense in a year.

          • MB30SD

            Ummm…

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    (4) You know where fans are going to notice Freeman and Trevathan most? The red zone.

    That’s if Trevanthan can play. His knee is clearly bothering him enough to keep him out of PS.

    • BearDown100393

      He seemed pretty upbeat during the postgame interview on FOX.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    The 3rd preseason game proved that the end of the world is near. There is a black hole forming at Halas Hall and it is slowly going to destroy the entire world. There are some brave men on this team that will battle to contain the hole of sucktitude. Unfortunately, I fear it will not be enough. We will need a Braverman to save us all.

    • BearDown100393

      The late Dennis Green passionately believed in the importance of the 3rd preseason game.

      Especially against the Bears.

  • BearDown100393

    No love for Connor Shaw. Tragic.

    • willbest

      Would it matter? He isn’t playing this season in a Bears uniform. IR or Injury settlement.

      • BearDown100393

        Win Cleveland for Connor…

        • MB30SD

          Haha

    • Irish Sweetness

      He didn’t even make the injury article on chicagobears.com.

      • BearDown100393

        No respect.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Cutler just wasn’t good Saturday. Looked completely out of sorts and inaccurate. But there were also several plays Jay would normally look to extend with his legs that he didn’t because, well, there is no earthly reason to expose yourself to hits in a practice game.”

    Yes, as opposed to Tony Romo.

    • MB30SD

      Ouch

    • BerwynBomber

      Romo should retire. He has accumulated an injury list rivaling Evel Knievel’s. Plus, he’s 36.

      Sorry, no ring, Tony. A lot of quality players don’t end up with one. Heal up, kick your feet up for a year and then figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. Recommendation: something non-contact.

      • MB30SD

        A reasonable suggestion

  • willbest

    Bears +4.5 @ Houston. And if you made me put money on this game, with Long out and Porter not being healthy I am going to have to take Houston if Watt plays. Hopefully we get some fast healing in the next couple weeks.

    If the Bears are to walk out of Houston with the win, Cutler is going to need to will it a la the KC game last year.

    • Irish Sweetness

      What’s the price straight up?

      • willbest

        Um… Chicago +190 ish depending on where you go. O/U is around 44 at the moment. I am not a gambler so I don’t know how much activity there is on week 1 just yet. Probably too many variables for most people, or its all homers thinking this is the year.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Like 2/1? If we have Long and there’s no JJ Watt then it’s money for old rope.
          Regardless of pre-season, we’ll win that game. Brock Osweiler will have a bad day. Jay won’t.

          • willbest

            nearly, yes.

    • Big Mike

      My understanding is that Watt is out.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Who calls their defense?

  • Irish Sweetness

    (1) Kevin White is why there was no Kevin White this PS. He was targeted. He blew routes and dropped balls.

    (2) I saw our best receiver on Saturday Afternoon (based on play), and he wasn’t named Alshon or Kevin or Josh.

    (3) I noticed Cornelius Edison. He was the guy who didn’t know which assignments to call. He was the guy responsible for all the stunts getting through.

    (6) Jacoby Glenn looked good at CB.

    But as for the ‘meaningless’ tag … how can anyone buy that after what happened to Conor Shaw? He’s a revelation and would be the perfect backup. Now Hoyer is the backup for sure, and it really is over if Cutty goes down, because Hoyer belongs in Montreal, backing up Johnny Manziel or Mark Sanchez.

    • willbest

      So you are in love with Meredith now? Jeffery proved himself in weeks 1 and 2, he shouldn’t even have been out there.

      • MB30SD

        Shaw was going to be the new fales for Irish man. Come on, give the lad his quarterly never-play PS qb crush man!!!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Shaw is a revelation??? The guy threw 16 passes in 3 preseason games against 3rd, 4th, and 5th stringers. How is that a revelation?

      • MB30SD

        PSHs!!!!

      • BearDown100393

        Connor Shaw is a legend.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          The guy is no Braverman.

          • BearDown100393

            Who is?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Terrance Knighton got cut by the Pats.

    Anyone know if Paul Kruger is any good? Snap him up to replace McPhee?

    • willbest

      What in the hell, McPhee is rehabbing, not dead.

      • MB30SD

        But he’s not on the practice squad either!

    • Bender McLugh

      we should sign Kruger, he’s still got it and it sounds like Browns had beef with him.

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  • Dago T

    I usually don’t feel this pessimistic about the Bears until after the second loss to Green Bay.

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