69 Comments

Turn the Beat Around: Thoughts From Those Paid to Cover the Bears

| August 15th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 4.33.28 AM

JAHNS ON DEIONDRE’ HALL

Hall was a standout in Thursday’s preseason opener and Adam breaks down the physical traits that make him a fit for this defense.

At 6-2 and 201 pounds, Hall fits Fangio’s preference for big cornerbacks. He also played on the first kickoff unit against the Broncos.

His arm length, like an offensive tackle’s, makes him special. Assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes said Hall’s rules for technique differ because of it.

“[It’s] eyes, hands and feet, and then just staying patient,” Hall said. “I’m longer than pretty much everybody else out there, so I’ll be able to get my hands on a lot quicker.”

Hall said becoming a cornerback who excels in press coverage is a process, but he already was able to show Thursday how useful his long arms can be.

CAMPBELL ON FULLER 

Kyle Fuller is dealing with a nagging knee injury and isn’t with the team in New England. Rich pries into the enigmatic Fuller, analyzing his status with a hierarchy not responsible for drafting him.

In Fox’s 20 months at the helm, he has left no ambiguity about the traits he covets in players. Among them: intelligence, toughness and enthusiasm. He wants guys who love the daily process of being part of a team and the work required to improve.

In that regard, Fuller can be hard to read. Outwardly, he is as reserved as any of the Bears’ high-profile players.

While the Bears have pressed Fuller behind the scenes this summer for that passion and presence, he trusts that coaches appreciate different personality types on the team as long as everyone is contributing.

“Every guy out there is going to be himself,” Fuller said. “I’d rather you see me flying around, knocking balls down and getting interceptions to show my enthusiasm. I’m not a screamer. You may get spurts, but that’s how I look at it. The way I approach it is letting my play show my enthusiasm.”

That seems to be a self-sustaining cycle, though. Make plays and the high energy follows. At least the opposite appeared true to coaches early last season after Fuller surrendered some big completions and committed multiple pass-interference penalties.

After Fuller was briefly benched, Fangio compared him to the recent wayward version of Tiger Woods. He asserted confidence stems from production and not the other way around.

Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter, whom Fuller considers one of his top resources on the team, saw something similar.

“He wasn’t playing with as much confidence and as much swagger as he should,” Porter said.

WHY TWITTER CAN BE STUPID

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 4.40.52 AM

Everybody’s opinion doesn’t matter. Some people are just stupid and should be ignored.

DAN POMPEI IS A BIT LOST AT SEA

Dan has been around a long time. He knows drawing conclusions from the first preseason game is ridiculous. But he’s kind of with the Tribune, kind of with Bleacher Report, working with The Athletic (which somehow believes people will pay for Dan Durkin’s fake Twitter followers) and basically runs a blog that has the worst design anyone on earth has ever seen. He’s trying to carve out a role for himself in the new media landscape and sadly that means overreacting to every moment of the NFL’s offseason.

No, the Bears did not lose their best pass protector when Gase went to Miami. And I will now repeat what I said a million times last year. Gase didn’t do a great job protecting Cutler in 2015. Cutler did an amazing job avoiding rush and creating offense. Cutler made Gase in 2015. It was not the other way around.

Tagged: , , ,

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    WE ARE DOOMED!!!! Can’t pass protect, all blocking sucks, punter sucks, kicker sucks, DBs suck, RBs suck, WRs suck, QB is a pansy, and our GM is punk ass kid that doesn’t know shit. with that being said, I can’t see us being worse than 16-0 this season.

    • MB30SD

      So much this… except for that last part. ♡

    • CanadaBear

      I agree with some of this!

    • RenoBear

      I thought you were Blackhawks63247 until I saw the last sentence..

      • Melodydmartin2

        <<fb. ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!il99r:….,….

  • CanadaBear

    Most of you know I’m not too optimistic so far this year. My only real hope this week is somebody blows up the Black Uni and shuts his yap for a couple of days. I never liked him much to start with (other than the obvious talent) but I’m really tired of his shit at this point.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He called out Cutty as being a bad QB. Wonder how that plays out …

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Milwaukee’s gone crazy. Crowds trying to pull white motorists out of cars ….. because a black cop shot some scumbag who was armed. Have race relations ever been worse? Can’t we all just find common ground in our hatred for Packers fans, Detroit in general and AP’s kid beating ass?

    • willbest

      Presumably there is a caveat “since the reconstruction” or “since civil rights”. The black caught on camera saying they need to go burn down the suburbs could make for an interesting development. I don’t know what the Wisconsin equivalent is, but If the west side blacks ever crossed Austin to set Oak Park on fire, IL would go GOP for the first time in 30 years.

      Truthfully, I am at a loss to understand BLM at this point. If you are going to riot when a black cop under a black police chief, shoots a black criminal pointing a gun at said cop, then the only rational conclusion to draw is you don’t want black people policed. And maybe that is its ultimate aim. But then the movement has never been rational.

      • Scharfinator

        I don’t think the goals have ever truly been concrete. People have been angry (a lot of it justified), but without a discernible direction it devolves into the chaos it is.

      • SC Dave

        The term ‘useful idiots’ comes to mind. The continued decline of America into a police state is only abetted by incendiary race baiting.

      • MB30SD

        The Purge 2017… this time it’s fo reals?

        • willbest

          The Purge as written by Thomas Jefferson

          “that comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state.
          what country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country
          can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that
          their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. the remedy is
          to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost
          in a century or two? the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with
          the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is it’s natural manure.”

          • MB30SD

            sigh

      • Cormonster

        Milwaukee is very similar to Chicago, except it’s about a quarter of the size. My sister and quite a few friends used to live there and liked it, but they all moved to the burbs or out of the area for the usual reasons: high crime, high property taxes, and terrible schools. There’s some definite areas to avoid, mainly on the north side. Some of the hoods there are as dangerous as Austin or Englewood. Well, maybe not as bad as Englewood.

        • MB30SD

          Shit corm, I heard… I heard… that it’s allllll goooood in Englewood.

  • willbest

    Hall just needs to turn his head. Siemion isn’t going to get the PI call, but Aaron Rodgers is going to get 3 from the 1 if he does that in the regular season.

  • Blackhawks63

    Some Bear fans have gotten extremely sensitive after the Denver loss. Ready to attack anybody with pessimist view as doom and gloomers. Well, many in the media plus a big group of us fans have a pragmatic, objective viewpoint of this team for the upcoming 2016 season. I for one think we are on the path to a 6 or 7 win max season. But on the flipside, I remain very happy and pleased with Ryan Pace, John Fox and this coaching staff. The reality is that the rebuilding job is a very big one. And it was / is going to take more than one season in the books to turn around things. We need another strong draft in 2017 and we need some of the young talent on this team already to develop and mature.

    • SC Dave

      I don’t view your position as any more pragmatic or objective than those looking at 9 or 10 wins.

      The difference between poor and good in the NFL -> for a given season <- is often an injury or two. Or lack thereof.

      • MB30SD

        100%

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      How can you view yourself as pragmatic/objective when you call a player a novelty act before even seeing him play a down?

    • beninnorcal

      Is Blackhawks63 the reincarnation of BillW?

      • CanadaBear

        Think he’s trying to play nicer so someone will talk to him.

      • CanadaBear

        What happened to BillW? Did GP finally send him over the edge?

        • MB30SD

          Who cares

          (I know, I’m so mean)

      • MB30SD

        Yep, just with even more douchebaginess (can’t believe I just typed that… and that it was even possible)

    • beninnorcal

      Also, Blackhawks, your prediction of 6 or 7 wins this season would actually make you one of those ‘doom and gloom’ fans you speak of in my book.

      • willbest

        No doubt. A 6-7 win season to me seems only possible with
        1) A 2014 locker room dysfunction which sounds impossible under Fox
        2) Cutler or Trevathan missing significant time.

        Vegas aside, our offensive and defensive General’s have enough talent around them and the schedule appears easy enough that anything below .500 is doom and gloom.

        • CanadaBear

          Another injury to a starter on the OL and below .500 isn’t so unrealistic.

          • willbest

            I don’t know. I am willing to give the OL the preseason to get their act together.

            e. I didn’t even like what I saw out of our starters let alone our backups. I can’t believe Pace wouldn’t have thrown money and draft picks at some other team if that is the way they looked in camp.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s my biggest concern for the season. Cutting Slauson, 2 retirements and a lost for the year, has a line that really had no depth into a shaky unit at best. Hope I’m wrong.

          • EnderWiggin

            That’s four potential starters…

          • CanadaBear

            The two retirements are a pisser. Not sure either one of them were all that but they were vets and couldn’t possibly have been any worse than Ducasse last year. That seems to happen to the Bears more than you would expect. Who knows? It’s not like I pay any attention to most other teams.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cutting Slauson and not making a move for either Travis Benjamin, Mohammed Sanu, Reuben Randle … whoever.

    • BearDown100393

      Apparently Mariotti has a Disqus login now.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        that’s is really mean. not sure he is that bad. I would have described him as a BillW clone with inflamed hemorrhoids.

    • Johnnywad

      Talent (-)

  • I saw that Pompei tweet and thought the same thing. The Bears’ best pass protector is Jay Cutler, who after 7 years in Chicago is an expert at playing behind a shitty OL.

    • willbest

      Problem is, playing behind a shitty OL is a young QB’s game.

  • CanadaBear

    Just read that Alshon and Malcolm Butler got into a pissing match in front of George McCaskey on the sideline and George got between them. He’s definitely not Mikey.

    • EnderWiggin

      Ballz.

      • CanadaBear

        Or a little deranged. After that asshole drunk lawyer from NOLA shoved him to the concrete at Soldier Field, he’s gone rogue!

    • BearDown100393

      Joint practices. What could go wrong?

  • MB30SD

    GP, fucken a: http://uncrate.com/stuff/1973-ferrari-dino-246-gt/

    have always loved the dino

    • MB30SD
      • willbest

        I love how the headline focuses on the state of the car rather than the person who was driving it. I suppose that places the value of human life below $300,000

        • MB30SD

          depends. In some african nations the value of a human life is roughly: $0 will.

      • CanadaBear

        I liked the guy who made the decision to get the driver out of the car, wanted his face blurred on TV. Even when you are obviously right, people are still paranoid. Hope that driver does something nice for the guys that got him out of the car.

    • CanadaBear

      How ’bout those Campy wheels? I was always too cheap to buy Campy bike parts. Any idea how much those Campy wheels are worth?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Do they make them for men?

      Fffht!

      • MB30SD

        Drive that thing up to da clerb and see all the hot poon literally stream into your passenger seat

        • Irish Sweetness

          Says me who rides a Honda Wave!

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Oh hell no, looks like the Pack D might be a little understaffed:
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/08/15/nfl-will-suspend-al-jazeera-4-if-they-dont-give-interviews/

    Also, it’s fucking hysterical that they’re known as the Al Jazeera 4.

    • CanadaBear

      It’s not because they are guilty as sin, it’s the principle. That and they are guilty as sin.

    • Johnnywad

      I can watch Matthews play on my grandma’s 13″ tube tv from the 80’s and know unequivocally, that Matthews is guilty. You can see it in his face, and by the way his greasy, stringy, Wisconsin back woods trailer park hair covers the acne abscesses in his back.

      And by his rage.

      And his tiny dick and balls.

      • willbest

        Pretty sure none of us want to know how you found that last one out.

        • Johnnywad

          Aaron can’t stop blogging about his disappointment with Clay’s tiny junk.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The last two lines are like Edgar Allen Poe ….

  • Irish Sweetness

    Can’t wait to see the new Hard Knocks.

    William Hayes in particular. There were no dinosaurs, but there are mermaids. This guy is operating heavy machinery on your roads and stealing your oxygen.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-hard-knocks/0ap3000000685793/Hard-Knocks-William-Hayes-believes-in-mermaids

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      get that guy into the the concussion protocol immediately!!!!

    • MB30SD

      And my first thought was, yikes! Fisher looks like shit.

  • Melodydmartin2

    <<fb. ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!il99r:….,…..

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    #top7sportsfilms

    Field of Dreams
    Caddyshack
    White Men Can’t Jump
    Ghosts of Flatbush (Bklyn Dodgers doc)
    Major League
    Kingpin
    Hoop Dreams

    No football Jefe? Basketbqall. Baseball. Even Bowling. NO FOOTBALL?

    Okay, top 7s for Tuesday.

    Raging Bull
    When we were kings
    Lords of Dogtown
    North Dallas Forty
    Moneyball
    Any Given Sunday
    Slapshot

  • Governerd

    I’m more of a lurker, but I want to chime in on the sports movie thing.

    #top7sportsfilms

    Goon
    Caddyshack
    Slapshot
    Breaking Away
    Raging Bull
    The Natural
    The Bad News Bears

    • Sactowns#1

      I like my sports movies funny so Major League and Kingpin will always be two of my all time favs. Nobody picked Hot to Trot eh? Shame

      • Governerd

        Those are both great films, I picked the ones that I tend to watch over and over.

© Da' Bears Blog