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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Camp Opens, McPhee Hurt, Vikings Thoughts & More!

| July 28th, 2017

Camp!

Pernell McPheeling The Pain

From Patrick Finley in the Sun-Times:

By 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the team had announced that linebacker Pernell McPhee would start the season on the physically unable to perform list. By noon Thursday, coach John Fox was back in familiar waters, trying to explain an injury — and its consequences — on the first day of training camp.

McPhee hadn’t made it through his physical on Wednesday, complaining of knee pain. Fox said team doctors “found a little irregularity” in his right knee, which is not the same knee that caused McPhee to start last year’s training camp on the PUP list.

A few thoughts:

  • The link to the full Finley article is provided above but don’t click it. The Sun-Times Bears coverage is, in my estimation, superior to what’s being produced at the Trib. But their website, especially on mobile devices, is unusable.
  • It’s starting to feel like whatever the Bears get out of the rest of this McPhee contract will be a bonus. It’s only a “little” irregularity when it’s not your knee. Do I think McPhee can still put together a productive 2017 campaign? Sure. But that productivity is more likely to come over an 8-10 game stretch than a full 16.

DBB On the Vikings

Answered a few questions re: the Vikings from Sam Neumann of VikingsTerritory.com. I don’t spend much time reading what the other bloggers are doing around the NFL, primarily because I just don’t have the time. These guys are doing good work.

My thoughts on Sam Bradford:

Honestly, I think of a team that will probably be around 8-8 again because I think Sam Bradford is an 8-8 quarterback. Bradford’s problem has always been the same thing: he prefers not taking chances. So you’re going to get a high completion percentage and high quarterback rating but you’re going to be limited when it comes to explosive plays in the passing attack and I’m just not sure how you win that way in the modern NFL.

My thoughts on Mike Zimmer:

Love everything about how Zimmer leads and conducts himself but he’s going to start falling out of favor if he doesn’t get the offensive side of the ball solved. When Norv left last year, that was a HUGE red flag for me. Going from Norv Turner to Pat Shurmur is like going from Walter Payton to Cedric Benson. The league has a long list of great coordinators who didn’t translate to the big seat – Wade Phillips, Dave Wannstedt, Bill Arnsparger – and my concern would be that Zim becomes one of them.

Fox’s Personality?

Does anyone actually give a shit how Fox acts when he speaks to the media? I think media members overrate this because they’re too close to it. Fans want wins. If the Bears win, fans won’t care if Fox does his press conferences with duct tape over his mouth.

Quick Hits

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  • SC Dave

    First casualty, and practice has not started. 🙁

    And yes, the Sun-Times website is *horrible*.

    • Bender McLugh

      seriously, just hire a 14 year old and fix the shit already

      • BearDown100393

        14 year old walked. Not enough $.

        • willbest

          They need to get in on that unpaid internship action that congress and NGOs use to weed out poor people from working for them. Sell it as a networking opportunity.

          • CanadaBear

            I do a bunch of volunteer work. Other than that, working for free when you need the money is about as stupid as it gets. The employer has already demonstrated what they think your contribution is worth.

          • willbest

            I agree working for free is stupid. But the unpaid internship system is more about creating barriers to entering the privilege class.

            This is different than people coming into my office and asking me to do this “small job” to demonstrate my skill with the process of more later.

          • BearDown100393

            A garage full of Sun-Times papers?

    • Irish Sweetness

      We send our prayers to the injury Gods to protect #24. Man, o man, if he goes down ….

      What would it take to pry Henry away from the Titans?

  • Regarding Fox’s personality, I’ll repeat here what I said on Twitter: no Patriots fans give a shit about Belichick’s personality, or lack thereof. Nobody cares if you win. People find anything to bitch about if you lose.

    • BearDown100393

      Mitch who?
      – John Fox

    • CanadaBear

      Amen JW. The media always went on and on about Ditka. The hard core Bears fans didn’t care at all about Ditka’s antics, they just wanted the dope to not get so excited he made the wrong decisions in the heat of the battle. Sometimes he did, sometimes he didn’t.

      • BearDown100393

        Mike Ditka never made a mistake. Ever.
        – Mike Ditka

  • Bender McLugh

    McPhee news = excuse for sitting him. They want him out there as much as possible but the team is being extra cautious this camp with all the injuries same time last year. Seems like a Gronk situation to me….sit the stud until he needs to play when it counts.

    • BearDown100393

      Keep him in the vault until Week 1.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Keep him for the playoffs. I like it, Bender.

  • Bender McLugh

    Akiem Hicks long term deal – 4 years, 35mil too much?

    • BearDown100393

      Sign him, he will underplay his contract value. Let him go, he will be a HOFer. Such is life in Chicago.

    • SC Dave

      Depends on how much is incentives, I suppose.

  • Bender McLugh

    Jeffe………..what about Zelig? And Stardust Memories (Cybil Sheppard’s first movie)?

  • BerwynBomber

    A couple of points about MIN:

    1) Though Zimmer has been the best HC in the division since he joined it, a few of his D players ignored his game plan the end of last year, which raises questions about locker room authority. Specifically, whether he has lost it or not.

    2) the Bridgewater question. He seems intent on playing. He’s on their PUP list but in camp. Zimmer loves him. They have not extended Bradford. Makes one wonder if they will have a QB controversy in the future and/or if it will be worth it.

    • Johnnywad

      Man it would be hard to wager your coaching future on that knee.

      They’ll probably end up with Glennon two seasons from now. Glennon has Orton written all over him.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    McPhee is a grade A bum. He comes in talking all of this shit about being violent and being a leader and blah blah blah, then he kicks ass for 6 games or so and has been utterly useless ever since. Fuck that guy, man.

    • King of DBB

      In teh face!

    • BearDown100393

      It takes a real man’s man to trash talk his quarterback on the sideline.

  • CanadaBear

    I like that Jeff is still flogging his Woody Allen love affair while the rest of us DON’T CARE!!!!!!!!!

    • BearDown100393

      I guess somebody has to care about Woody Allen

      • CanadaBear

        I like some of his movies but who cares? He is an odd, smart, talented film maker with questionable morals (to say the least).

        • BearDown100393

          Roman Polanski. Ugh.

          • CanadaBear

            Same shit, different guy. If you’re rich and famous in the US, you can get away with almost anything.

          • BearDown100393

            Seriously. If you are really rich, you can shoot somebody in the middle of the street and still win an election.

          • CanadaBear

            Unfortunately I have to agree with you.

          • willbest

            Well as long as you have the good sense to stop committing crimes after you run out of money for lawyers. Lookin at you OJ

          • BearDown100393

            The White House will hire OJ.

      • willbest

        You mean other than his daughter-wife?

        • BearDown100393

          Wild guess but assume she likes his checking account more. Unlike Jeff who would orgasm at the thought of Woody Allen holding a putter.

      • SC Dave

        No, not really.

  • willbest

    “The link to the full Finley article is provided above but don’t click it. … But their website, especially on mobile devices, is unusable.” – Jeff

    Weren’t you twitting about supporting the Sun Times last week? Since I am not about to subscribe to the print edition as that is environmentally wasteful, and you say not to use their website, how else do you propose we support them? Should I just mail your BFF a check?

    • BearDown100393

      Alternative Facts. It is the new ‘Murica.

    • Corporal Clott

      Gee wiz…..you mean Newspapers that don’t hesitate to use the environmental agenda to promote their politics to sell their rags don’t give a rip about being environmently wasteful? Well I never…

    • Nixon

      I mean at the risk of sounding pedantic, he did say don’t use their site on mobile rather than full stop (although I appreciate that mobile is a big slice of how people look at websites)

      Although a newspaper serving a city of 3million people hosting its site on WordPress is pretty embarrassing. Like, we use that at uni and I think the only people that read our stuff are our parents.

      • willbest

        The general statement was to not click on the link regardless of platform. The statement about the website being awful is his reason, and his point about mobile being especially bad.

  • willbest

    Looks like Bezos was briefly top dog. Part of me wants to believe that its like that episode of Duck Tales where Scrooge and Glomgold put all their money on a giant ass scale to see who is richer, and then Gate pulls out his lucky #1 and tosses it on for the win and Bezos sulks away.

  • SC Dave

    New thread, btw. But it’s from Data, so expect the flock of little kids to come by for it.

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