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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Camp Thoughts, Telander/CTE & More!

| July 31st, 2017

Five Camp Thoughts Through A Few Days

  • Tanner Gentry may be benefiting more than any other player on this roster by being low on the pecking order. While he’s situated with the 3s, he’s developing a relationship with the soon-to-be starting quarterback and face of the franchise. This isn’t Joe Anderson Boner or Daniel Braverman. This is a talented kid who may leave Bourbonnais with the faith of the most important player on the roster.
  • Bears won’t wait long to elevate Trubisky from that position, however. Right now he’s in “earn it, rook” mode. Give it a week.
  • Yes, the leap in competition level will be extraordinary. But I’m told by people on the ground that Adam Shaheen looks like he’s going to be something special. And for a team that struggled mightily in the red zone to get touchdowns a year ago, Shaheen’s productivity may begin on day one because it’ll be hard for any defense to match-up with his size and speed.
  • I’m a Kyle Fuller skeptic. I don’t doubt his ability. I don’t doubt that he’s having a good early camp. But the organization believed, less than a year ago, that Fuller lacked the heart and desire to be a professional football player. If that’s changed, wonderful. But I need to see it in September.
  •  Another summer, another weird injury as Markus Wheaton had an appendectomy that will greatly stunt his assimilation into this offense. Bears have big plans for Wheaton so the appendix not bursting should mean he’s back into the fray in 3-4 weeks.

Telander Donates His Brain

Other than my friend Rick Pearson, the best political journalist in Chicago, I rarely look inside the Chicago Tribune (physically or digitally). Rick Telander is one of the reasons why the Sun-Times has gathered almost all of my attention and why I was so thrilled to hear their new ownership pledge allegiance to good, local writing. Here’s an excerpt from his wonderful piece on his brain, and CTE:

When I die, I don’t much care what happens to my body.

I long have been an organ donor, and it’s written on my driver’s license. The idea of medical people with scalpels harvesting whatever’s of value in my corpse for the benefit of others somewhere seems like a nice final gesture. Remember, I’m dead.

So it wasn’t a great leap to pledge even that ultimate thing that makes me human — my brain — to researchers at the Concussion Legacy Foundation in Boston.

Quick Hits!

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  • Irish Sweetness

    1. If Tanner Gentry makes the final roster I’m a son of a gun. Guys like Randle, Bellamy, Thompson and Cruz are looking for a spot.

    2. If Trubisky is starting on week one when we’re paying Gummo 18M I want a job at the Chicago Bears for 6M a year by default.

    3. What did Shaheen do in practice that no one else saw?

    • Dear Irish:
      1. Gentry seems like an actual wide receiver whereas Bellamy is good special teams guy that can’t catch a cold

      2. We could not be sure we were going to get Trubisky, so Glennon was signed. Trubisky will start the season as the backup and we’ll see when he is ready. I hope Glennon shows himself to be an NFL starter and we get a draft pick when we trade him and hand the reins over to OUR VERY OWN FRANCHISE QB!
      3. Shaheen showed up to practice. All you need do is look at that size and speed. Once he figures out how to block people his own size or bigger, we have an all pro TE.

      • Irish Sweetness

        1. I would like to ‘see’ practice – is that possible? I have heard good things about Tanner, but he has a list of actual NFL receivers in front of him that is not a short one. Surprising if they sign a project with all the vets. Quick check.

        2. With the draft position we had we were guaranteed either Trubs or Watson. The weird thing was paying Glennon 18M when you were clearly about to draft a QB.

        3. He can’t block??

    • That Guy

      If Gentry makes the final roster that means he’s actually, you know, good–or at least better than whomever he beats out.

      Let’s remember, future HoF Braverman didn’t even make the roster before they put him on the PS.

      • Yes, but Cam Meredith was in similar position. Got his chance last year and now looks like he can be a #1 receiver. Braverman got everybody excited last year with his college stats, but his route running was not NFL caliber. Might come on this year, or maybe Gentry takes his spot. I have seen the packers suffer injuries and call up nobidies off the practice squad that perform admirably. Pace is starting to find us some late round and free agent finds.

        • CanadaBear

          Pretty sure Erin makes the nobodies look a lot better. Other than that, totally agree.

        • Braverman looked like a scared real estate broker on the field. He’s not making the cut.
          Thompson outperformed him last season as both WR and PR and he may not even make the roster.

          • BearDown100393

            The man’s a warrior. Made of steel. Doesn’t know the meaning of quit. Never gives up on a play. Has the awareness of a cat. The G.O.A…. oh never mind.

    • TBC

      Gummo. Excellent reference. Wow u fucking nailed that.

    • SC Dave

      The lastest “build the guy up” piece; this on about Shaheen.

      http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Shaheen-continuing-to-shine-in-practice/ba65c1a9-9746-4264-9688-29ba44a78856

      One thing about the guy is that over the next couple years he should get a bit leaner, with more muscle as he finishes growing. Though I worry about that stuff with the Bears. I’m not convinced their S&C people know what they are doing.

  • leftcoastdave

    It would be nutz to put Trub up against the Falcons. Glennon knows the Bucs, next the Steelers and the Pack. That will be a grind and the test of fire for Glennon. Only after those four games should da Bears even think about throwing Trub into the mix. If Glennon is respectable through those four games, he should stick for the next five with the final seven games the easiest of the schedule. That is when Trub should see some action and prove if he can start if a playoff spot proves to be out of the question.

    Being a homer, I think the division is possible and playoffs better than 50-50. We will see how the ball bounces and what happens in the medic ward.

    • Bears gotta learn how to win.
      I think as of now they have a loser mentality, ie, the team goes into games expecting to lose.
      I don’t know how that changes because Fox isn’t going to inspire any one.
      Maybe they catch the Falcons still reeling from SB hangover and ride that momentum early.

      • CanadaBear

        Fox has to know he’s coaching for his career this year. If the Beloved don’t look waaaaay better, he’s gone. I’m not sure he would get another chance. Maybe another Bears situation where he has to come in and right the ship but that would be just about it.

        • I’m not certain Fox cares about his career or football anymore. After the health scare, maybe he cashed in his chips.
          I got this nagging suspicion that the Think Tank told him , “just get us back to respectability. Don’t worry about SB”.
          A bridge HC. If u will.
          Fox got his last big pay day and obliged.
          Only problem is his record is WORSE than Trestys

          • CanadaBear

            Weekend at Bernie’s is always a factor. Nessman had better injury health and a better roster that first year. The Emery effect wasn’t in full flower at that point.

      • leftcoastdave

        I think Pace built a team to win safe, low scoring smash mouth football. He has a very good line. He has one of the two best running backs in the league. He added a joker back after adding the next greatest tight end in the draft and picked up beef (Simms) at TE in FA. What does that tell you about the plan for the offense this year? His highest paid FA is for his Jumbo package. O linemen love to be moving forward, not backward. That is the winning mentality they want to foster. It is a safe place for any QB to play from and the D front will love it if they are no longer on the field for three quarters of the game.

        Yep, bring them birds in to get their wings clipped on their first game of the season.

      • SC Dave

        One would hope that some of the FA acquisitions from good teams (looking at you, Trevathan, and you, Wheaton) can bring an expectation about winning to the locker room,

    • Irish Sweetness

      We’ll beat the Falcs. We will.

      Homers of the world unite. Conor McG … and the Bears in week one. Believe.

      • SC Dave

        Conor… who cares?

        Bears… yes, a win in week 1.

  • CanadaBear

    Jeff seems confused. On one hand he says the Bears will be very conservative with MT and then alludes to him beginning the season as the starter. Unless Glennon gets hurt or is Jonathan Quinn bad, there’s no way MT is starting early in the season. The FO/HC credibility will be zero with FA’s if they go back on their word to Glennon.

    • Bender McLugh

      what is FO?

      • CanadaBear

        Front office.

        • Bender McLugh

          derp. thanks.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Nope. I say I would start Trubisky day one. I have never said the Bears will do that.

      • Do u want Trub to start as a writer or as a Bears fan?

      • CanadaBear

        Splitting hairs here Jeff.

        Bears won’t wait long to elevate Trubisky from that position, however. Right now he’s in “earn it, rook” mode. Give it a week.

      • Irish Sweetness

        With an 18 million dollar guy on the bench?

    • BearDown100393

      A. Throw on wall.
      B. See if sticks.
      C. Not adhering. Go to A.

  • SC Dave

    Well, Potash wrote this, which is indisputably true. Except certain authors here:

    “Nobody’s wistful about the Cutler era. Nobody’s talking about the big shoes to fill or the leadership void with his absence.”

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      this is for Waffle.

      Noone is talking about it, because it is such a monumental task to replace Cutler. People don’t want to put the young gunslingers under that kind of pressure.

      • No one is talking about it cuz 99.9% of Bears got Cutlerites PTSD.
        Just happy he’s was dumped by Pace and rejected by the league (Hoyer and McCown getting signed early ought to clue any one about what they thought of Cutler)
        Andy’s tweet is kinda funny but not as funny as him ranking Cargo last time this season as the #1 Bear.
        Might as well have ranked Conte #1 cuz he arguably had a better season on the Bucs.
        I think Glennon will get plenty of fan support because of Cutler fatigue , as long as Glennon keeps the TOs down. If he begins getting strip sacked, staring down receivers, and throwing INTs to DTs, the Cutler PTSD will kick in and he’ll be heckled mercilessly.
        If he keeps them TOs down, well like the old NFL adage goes, if u had a fat coach the next one will be skinny…

        • CanadaBear

          I’m not happy Cutler was rejected by the league. That’s just petty. I’m also not shocked. Cutty fans were blind to his faults and once the Bears corrected whatever perceived short comings there were on the roster, he was gonna ball. Uh, no.

          • I don’t believe most Bear fans are happy he’s outta the league just thrilled he’s outta the Bears.
            It was obvious the NFL deemed him a high end backup or at best “bridge” QB a la McCown and Cutler’s pride wouldn’t accept that.
            Unlike most bridge QBs trying to claw for a big check, Cutler already took the Bears for over $100m, so he quit and got butt tans and a cushy Fox job.

            More power to him.

          • CanadaBear

            Only a crappy team would pay him starter money and he didn’t want to go to a crappy team. Not to mention, his rep around the league was incredibly toxic. Not really deserved, but that’s the way it goes. Cutler can thank his immaturity for some of that bad press and the rest goes the Chicago media, that never found an athlete they couldn’t hate (in the last 15 years).

          • That was the irony. He didn’t want to be on a crappy team (and only ONE feigned any interest in the Jets) but no good team wanted him Broncos, Texans, Chiefs (or even Cards looking towards the future)
            The media is a fickle bitch. But there’s been more than a few who’ve been nearly universally lauded. Forte, Peanut, MB, even dudes like Kreutz who was no saint.
            But garnering good media w permanent resting bitch face is nigh impossible

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt. Ironically by the time Cutler grew up and treated the media better, they wanted no part of him. Now he’s one of them. Ain’t life grand?

          • SC Dave

            The Circle of Life, in its way.

          • As Darth Vader said about himself, the circle is complete

          • BearDown100393

            GOP nomination in a few years.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cutty fans were blind where? Not on here. You can’t watch Cutty twice in a week every game and not see his faults. We wrote odes to them. But he pretty much addressed those faults that he could fix (accuracy not being one of them), and then had a messy end with the thumb and injury etc. Some fans perceived his shitty play at the end to be the real Cutty. I don’t believe it was. He was just the whipping boy.

          • CanadaBear

            Even in retirement you stick up for him.

          • What was the “real” Cutty?

            Him riding a stationary bike in the most important Bear game since 86, or him throwing 4 INTs to Hall?

        • BerwynBomber

          “but not as funny as him ranking Cargo last time this season as the #1 Bear”

          I noticed that too but if there were ever a preseason year for Cutlerities to rank Jay as #1, the post-Gase year would have been it. (I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the main impetus for AD’s entire list.)

          The Cutty silliness aside, my one nit about those lists is how are the rankings being judged/qualified. Pure best player on the team? Most important player? Most valuable market-wise? etc.

          Bill Simmons used to create an annual top 100 NBA players based on trade value. Would be tough to do with an entire NFL pre-53 roster (heck, even a 53 roster) but might lead to some interesting rankings.

          I noticed this year AD had Sitton at #2. Maybe he was the second best player on the team last year after Howard, but I’d take Whitehair over Sitton in a freaking heartbeat in terms of overall value.

          • SC Dave

            Age is definitely a factor, and Sitton is no longer young. That said, top linemen can last a long time in the league.

  • Scharfinator

    Wow, Sherrick McManis is the only defender still around from 2012.

  • CanadaBear

    Everything I keep reading about Cohen and Shaheen has been very positive. Even Foxy has been talking up Cohen. For all you guys that keep bitching about Pace tanking (I’m looking at you GP), this doesn’t fit your scenario. Pretty sure that scenario is utter hooey.

    • SC Dave

      Pretty sure I agree. Pace was looking for his Brees, Graham, and Sproles.

      Only time will tell whether he got any of them.

      • CanadaBear

        That’s where I’m at. I don’t understand going nuclear right after a draft because they didn’t draft the guys you wanted. Even with Emery, when you knew there was a good chance the guys would suck, I’d hold out to see them (or not if they were so shitty they couldn’t get on the field).

    • King of DBB

      I never said Pace was tanking. I said he picked Trub to extend his own career.

      • CanadaBear

        There was more to it than that. BTW, time for a new profile pic! 10 days in July!!!!!!!

  • BearDown100393

    Appendicitis is not an injury. And it is not weird. It happens.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Appendicitis suddenly breaking out on the second day of camp is, in fact, weird.

      • BearDown100393

        Inconvenient for the Bears perhaps. 5% of the population is impacted by it. Nothing uncommon. Just life. BTW it isn’t a “breakout”.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        not really. didn’t Roethlisberger have it happen right before the start of the season a couple years ago. It happens

        • BearDown100393

          2006. 11 years ago!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            my memory is better than i thought

          • BearDown100393

            Impressive.
            Most impressive.

          • SC Dave

            Modestly impressive, you mean.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Don’t say that.

  • Don’t get me wrong, i like Sasheen and Cohen. They’re both spunky underdogs. However it’s n NFL truism that athletes always look good in camp.
    I’ll wait till they first get hit in a PS game.
    Like Tyson said, everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face.

    • CanadaBear

      Totally agree. By the same token, guys saying they are trash because they aren’t from Div 1 are full of it, too.

    • SC Dave

      I’m thinking Shaheen is going to take a couple shots game one. And then start bitch slappin’ people.

  • Tanner Gentry…either an English nobleman who fox hunts whilst wearing a monocle or a medieval serf.

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      He has the right strategy to make the roster. If he keeps developing connection with Trub as he as so far, Pace won’t risk putting him on practice squad.

      He had plenty of options to sign as UDFA. I wondered why he signed with Bears. And then Foxy said yesterday that he knows his college head coach really well. Sounds like Wyoming head coach recommended him to Foxy.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m sure he looked at the roster of WR’s and thought he had a chance. Totally agree about the WY/Foxy connection.

        • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

          I am sure he thought he had even better chance at Jets with their WR situation. But when your head coach tells you ‘hey one of my best buddies is head coach at da bears. go play for him’ you quickly realize their ain’t gonna be be better chance than that.

          • CanadaBear

            Do you really think Fox told the WY coach he’d hire the kid?

    • BearDown100393

      Kingsmen

  • King of DBB

    Awww. Mooch is dead already. He did not last long in game of thrones

  • That Wooten and Finley link are interesting.
    Wooten relaying that grown men were crying when Lovie was fired. Hoge says as horrible as the Crypt Keeper was, even if Arians came on board would’ve been a tough act to follow. Wooten also remarked how that team was waiting for Cutler to take it to the next level and become elite but that it never happened.
    The sophomore piece i highly recommend. Short and to the point. Pure football.
    Howard reduced 20% to 15% body fat for more acceleration and endurance. Still at 224.
    This guy sounds as dedicated about his bod as Forte. Great sign.
    Floyd working on hand speed/ tech
    Whitehair focusing on feet
    Hall on scheme/playbook
    Kwiat on eliminating mistakes
    Bullard gained 20 pounds so he wouldn’t suck. Let’s hope he’s not the next Grasu

    • BearDown100393

      Lovie Smith left a lot on the table to be desired for Bears fans (challenges, “Rex is our starting QB”, wasted TOs, etc) but that locker room loved him unconditionally.

      • He’s like the modern Vermeil. Nice guy. Players loved him. Moderate success.
        Just could never take it to the next level

        • BearDown100393

          Minus a Super Bowl ring

    • SC Dave

      Howard wants to be Walter. I fucking love it. The fantasy of all fantasies is he does it.

  • BearDown100393
    • Some Reddit Millennial

      Deadspin is straight lit yo. I quote that shit every day.

    • BearDown100393

      “The Bears are a headless corpse running around, blood spurting from its
      severed arteries and slicking the floor and causing everyone around to
      slip and fall and break a hip.”

    • CanadaBear

      The comments from fans in the article are the best part of it. When the author said the Bears problem was the run game and not the passing game on D, I knew they either didn’t watch any games or they are just as dumb as the fans they keep making fun of.

      • SC Dave

        “Matt Barkley currently has more career receiving touchdowns than Kevin White”. – ha ha ha

        • CanadaBear

          There were some beauties in there.

    • SC Dave

      “clearly in the Spurrier-mailing-it-in-at-South-Cackalacky phase of his career”

      Yikes! Close to home with that one.

      But probably the best line:

      “That’s always the best: some fat asshole in the stands—who couldn’t get three steps on a rent-a-cop without collapsing in exhaustion—demanding that his Bears toughen up. ”

      No shit, I was wrong. This is definitely better:

      “FUCK DITKA. Fuck Ditka with a set mousetrap. “

  • FQD1911

    Mark Sanchez is still with this fucking team…someone shoot me.

    • BearDown100393

      He is here to tutor Mitch on the finer points of….. uh…… can anyone help here?

      • FQD1911

        …of what, how to properly butt fumble?

        • He’s guaranteed $1M even if he gets cut, if that makes you feel better.

          • FQD1911

            Vet’s min, I think…I’m cool with that.

        • SC Dave

          Oh for gods fucking sake. One play.

          Mitch fumbled the snap three times in practice yesterday. So I’m betting Sanchez could teach him to at least take the fucking ball from center.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            We sitting in here — He’s supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice. I mean, listen: We talking about practice. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We talking about practice. Not a game. Not the game that He goes out there and die for and play every game like it’s his last. Not the game. We talking about practice, man

          • FQD1911

            One fucking play that NO ONE ELSE HAS EVER FUCKING DONE BEFORE OR SINCE!!!!

            A rookie fumbling a snap in practice is not even close to what he did in a LIVE GAME!!!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      I guess it’s because (and I assume it will continue) he’s babysitting Mitchell? And if Gummo goes down, do we want baby Mitchell taking the field? I know I don’t.

      • SC Dave

        Exactly.

      • FQD1911

        Meh…I would certainly take you to Mitchell over Mark Sanchez to play games. right now.

    • BerwynBomber

      Were it not a chargeable offense and cause no heartache to your family and friends, I’d oblige you.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Some asked Jeff this in his twitt feed. I found it an interesting question “In honor of Anthony Scaramucci, what’s the shortest amount of time you’ve spent on a job and why?”

    Mine is 2 hours. I was hired to help out on a farm. I thought it would be mainly bailing hay and scooping shit. About an 1 hour into the job we were moving hogs from one pen to another, for breeding. At 1 1/2 hours in, 2 pigs were attempting to copulate unfortunately the male could not find the hole. The farmer I worked for told me that I should help guide him. NOPE NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! We argued for half hour. left.

    • Did he have a modestly huge pig penis?

      • SC Dave

        lol. Inquiring mind want to know!

    • That Guy

      4 hours. Hosing out dusty port-a-johns on a cool May morning, and they didn’t even give me rain gear so I could stay dry. They didn’t give me “hard” work because I didn’t have steel-toed boots (which nobody told me were required). I was totally unsupervised, and my first human interaction after being given the hose at 6 am was when they came out and told me to break for lunch at 10. I handed the hose to the guy, said, “Yeah, I’m not coming back from lunch,” and left.

      I never got paid, either, but given they made me take a physical, they probably took the cost of the doctor out of my pay.

  • GP, the Mooch is loose! No mas!

    Holy christ. Can you even get fired from McDs in 10 days?

    I had cups in my room for longer than he was WH com director.

    http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a10392222/trump-fires-anthony-scaramucci-twitter-reactions/

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      It is even better..

      He was on the job for NEGATIVE 15 days!!! Complete Clown Show administration from top to bottom starting with Orange Chimpanzee. And nobody is even surprised. The shitshow was expected. Welcome to Banana Republic States of America.

      Jeff B/DDHQ‏Verified account
      @EsotericCD

      Scaramucci’s *official start date* as WH Communications Director was August 15th.

      It’s July 31st.

      That’s gotta be some kind of record.
      12:01 PM – 31 Jul 2017

      • SC Dave

        Trump is your President.

        • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

          pussy grabber Orange Chimpanzee is russian kompromat.

          It is interesting the other day you were so impressed by Jordan Howard ..how humble he is, how hard he works with humility etc.

          You like humbleness and humility in a football player but admire and support orange chimpanzee who does not have an ounce of humility….

          • SC Dave

            Donald Trump is your President. Whether you like it or not.

            I don’t really care, as the parties selected their nominees we were in for a shit show regardless of who won.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, the POS is our President. Unfortunately.

    • BuddhaJoe

      I’m pissed. He offered more comedy in 10 days (not yet) on the job than I’ve seen in a while. Although the idea of Bannon trying to suck his own cock needs some brain bleach to counter….

  • Malice Halice

    We should’ve signed Kaep instead of Sanchez. Ravens could b gettin a deal of a franchise with Kaep. He could be a serious 3rd down threat for the Ravens

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      That was never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever going to happen. Why do people keep bringing it up?

      This is not the scene the McCaskey’s would ever allow to occur from a player on their team.

      Announcer: “Welcome all to SOLDIER FIELD, please rise for our National Anthem, you know except for the ONE Bears player who wants to protest by sitting down in a building that Honors all fallen Soldiers.”

      • Agree.
        That would be like the Holocaust Museum hiring Ahmadinejad as their curator.

      • SC Dave

        So fucking this.

        Edit: So fucking Fucking FUCKING this.

      • Johnnywad

        Plus he’s no longer any good at football.

        • SC Dave

          Yeah, just a minor point there.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. Although part of what those soldiers fight for is the freedom to peacefully protest as Kap did.

        Anyway, I think it is more elemental than your reasoning. Most teams, especially ones run by old school guys like Fox, simply don’t want to invite distractions unless they will pay huge dividends on the field on Sunday. Right now, Kap doesn’t do that.

        • leftcoastdave

          What part of his saying that all police are the same as the slave hunting posses of the Civil War era don’t you understand?

          He has the right to say stoopid shit and people have the right to tell him to find a job elsewhere. But then hey, they are “owners” so I guess next he will write about the NFL plantation and how he was better than all the rest of the “slaves” playing for millions.

          Then he’ll be winning Nanci Pelosi’s seat and lead the party of the people to “power for the people”. “No freedom, no peace”.

          • BerwynBomber

            Calm down, Dittohead. I said he has the right to peacefully protest, which is what he has done.

            I didn’t say I agreed with him nor break down the specifics of what he was protesting.

          • leftcoastdave

            A “peaceful protest” is one thing. Provocative ignorant BS is quite another. Calling the police of your city the same as slave catchers is quite different from being a “peaceful protester.”. You want the police to protect him and your fans in your stadium? You want to put him in their faces? Clearly, no NFL owner wants to do that. They must be racists.

            And what’s “Dittohead” mean?

          • BerwynBomber

            Again, I only said he has the right to peacefully protest. You’re the one that wants to argue what he is protesting.

            Dittohead used to mean an echoing listener of Limbaugh. But maybe the term has fallen out of fashion.

          • leftcoastdave

            What again is he protesting? His paycheck? Or is he rather posturing for a job doing something much easier?

          • BerwynBomber

            Again — for the third time — I repeat: I only stated he has the right to peacefully protest, which he has done.

            If you want to debate the merit of what he is protesting, you will have to look for someone else on the thread to counter.

          • leftcoastdave

            I respectfully beg to differ.

            If he was in the stands, he would have the right to peacefully protest.

            When he is on the job, he is given a platform by somebody else and is expected to behave himself accordingly. The 9ers had so eat it in their PC city so they kept it shut. But now the chickens have come home to roost and he gets to sleep in the bed he has made.

            But he need not worry. The same people who funded BLM and the riots in the streets will put him on the payroll.

          • BerwynBomber

            The right for an employer not to hire such a person or fire them is not the same as that person not having the right to protest.

          • SC Dave

            I’m not sure, but maybe his point is that “bully pulpits” come with responsibilities. Something our President might learn someday, but I’m not holding my breath.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            i think you need to say it a couple more times.

        • It’s just risk-reward.
          If Kap had Rodgers talent, does anyone believe he’d be out of a job? Fuck no.

          Even AP who whipped his kid balls with a switch is on a team cuz he just MIGHT regain his old form.

          • BerwynBomber

            Of course. That is what I implied by the only if he “pays huge dividends on the field on Sunday” caveat.

            Btw, DAL kinda gave further credence to the old unequal/star treatment issue with their cutting Lucky whitehead while barely uttering a peep about ‘zeke. Hardly suprising.

          • SC Dave

            Some things never change, BB.

    • BuddhaJoe

      Nah, Kap is better overall, but you’d have to change the entire offense for him, and there’s no way that would work well.

      • SC Dave

        Can you say better “overall” than Sanchez? Sanchez has far more experience, demonstrates humility, and it not a locker room distraction. Looks to me like he wins in just about every important way – given the backup/mentor role.

        And I’m betting Glennon will be as good or better than Kaepernick.

    • Irish Sweetness

      One could argue that we should have signed Kap over Trubs. Draft picks plus development time … for what? For a guy that might be the guy? Glennon, Sanchize and Kap. I’d take that as a roster, strengthen the line and running game. Fournette/Howard and those three. That’s an offense built for depth.

    • SC Dave

      Fuck Kaepernick. Drop the narrative on that inexperienced mediocrity.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Jeff is losing it over Glennon…

    DaBearsBlog‏ @dabearsblog 2h2 hours ago

    Notice all the Mike Glennon columns. None of them say he’s any good. Just that it’s his huddle, he’s the leader…etc.

    Reality – here is Rich Campbell today..

    5 observations from Bears practice Monday

    1. If Mike Glennon would play like he practiced Monday, the Bears would take it every week.
    Sharp practices in July mean only so much in the grand scheme. But they’re better than sloppy ones, and as the Bears seek steady improvement from their retooled passing game, Glennon’s good work Monday was an encouraging sign.

    One of several throws that stood out was a 20-yarder over the middle to Cameron Meredith. Glennon sensed pressure from his front side, so he shuffled to his left while keeping his eyes downfield and his body ready to throw. Because he maintained a good throwing position, he was able to deliver a strike to Meredith in space. For a 6-foot-6 quarterback who comes to the Bears with questions about how well he throws when he’s moved off his spot, that was a reassuring example.

    “He’s got very good feet,” quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone said. “Being able to, obviously, move your feet, things that we ask the quarterback to get it set. You may have to move them a certain way, and he’s taken to all that. He does a good job of keeping his balance.”

    Glennon put the right amount of air underneath a fade to Kendall Wright during team drills, but Wright didn’t hold on as he went to ground. Early in practice, he fit a dart through a tight window to Wright on an out-breaking route to the left sideline, just beyond the diving reach of cornerback Bryce Callahan.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-practice-observations-20170731-story.html

    • Irish Sweetness

      It was stunning how much bigger Glennon looked beside Trubs. If he has good feet, Gummo will be okay.

      Glennon to Meredith is fantasy gold available in late rounds.

      Good to hear also that the D is making plays. Do we have a sleeper Defense?

    • SC Dave

      You can’t post that here! It’s about Glennon being exactly what Pace wanted when he brought him in, but anathema to the Jefe narrative.

      (It’s great when you stick to football. Please do so.)

    • I heard an interview on Da Official site and Glennon relayed that he practices on his foot work all the time.

      He said that he knows as a tall lanky QB that he’s not as athletic as others, not as quick-footed, so he works on it constantly.

      Nice to see it transfer over, even if just in camp.

      Everything starts with the feet.

  • BuddhaJoe

    “Bears won’t wait long to elevate Trubisky from that position, however. Right now he’s in “earn it, rook” mode. Give it a week.”
    Dude, the guy’s fumbling snaps under center, it’s gonna be a lot longer than a week.

  • I got footage of Jeff calling for Trub at Bourbannais

  • King of DBB

    I was glad to read the concentrated hate in the Deadspin Bears 2017 bit for the McCaskey family.

    People are getting wise. Not one bit THREE comments begged for Ginny to die.

    I think that really just sums it up.

  • King of DBB

    On a nice note the Cubs sent Steve Bartman a World Series player ring. They acknowledged that he suffered stupid, indefensible abuse by supposed Chicago fans for years and hoped to make amends for the ugly history of the incident

    • SC Dave

      Wow… that’s awesome. Color me surprised, in a VERY nice way.

      Holy shit. I might even like the Cubs a little now.

      • CanadaBear

        The Ricketts are all about the money but they are smart enough to hire good people and get out of the way.

    • how many long time Cubbie fans died between 2003 to 2016?

      That would be an interesting stat.

      • Cormonster

        My Grandma died last spring and she was the biggest Cub fan I knew. She watched or listened to almost every Cubs game since I can remember as a little kid, even when they really sucked. Her first date with my Grandpa was a Cubs game in 1945, the last time they were in the World Series. If the game was just on the radio, she would sit and listen in the kitchen for the whole game and drink beer and smoke about a pack of cigarettes.

        • CanadaBear

          My mom was the same way. I would see maybe a game every week or two with her. She would bitch about Harry the entire game. He drove her crazy. I would start laughing and she would fix me with that stare! Good times!

    • BerwynBomber

      Our fans and organization forever fucked up your life, but here is a WS ring. Enjoy. And help us with some good PR while you’re at it.

  • ButtonShoes
    • leftcoastdave

      That is reality?

      Yea, really brilliant. Insightful and provocative. Searing commentary. Anal-ysis second to none.

      • ButtonShoes

        Clarity is often difficult.

  • Irish Sweetness

    http://wgnradio.com/2017/07/31/hoge-five-takeaways-from-the-bears-first-five-practices/

    [On Kevin White] “He’s not where I want him to be or where we need him to be,” Bears wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni admitted Monday.

    Wow.

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      Not a surprise. Marked him a bust a long time back. He fooled Pace with a one fast 40 yard run. He ain’t very bright as a football player. NFL offense too much for him.

      On the other hand, check out the football smarts on Cam Meredith. I think he is a better route runner today than even Alshon. It is even amazing that he learned to play the WR position just 4 years ago.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I wonder if he even makes the roster e.g. if you like Tanner Gentry, why keep Kevin at all?
        Whiffing on a receiver in the first round is unforgivable, no?

      • SC Dave

        But Kevin was why we didn’t need to keep Alshon, right Mr. Pace?

        We’re lucky that Meredith is a football player. But we’ll see what happens now that the league knows who he is. Opponents will have studied his tape – be sure of that.

        • Scharfinator

          Just need to see what happens with AJ in Philly. Either Pace is redeemed or looks like an idiot.

          • leftcoastdave

            Whatever AJ does in Philly matters not, given what he chose to do, or not do, in Chicago. His tude needed to get gone.

          • Scharfinator

            Super curious as to where people know his attitude and mannerisms so well.

            You guys friends?

    • Corporal Clott

      How many WR’s do you know of in NFL history that missed basically the 1st two years of their careers with leg/foot injuries and went on to become impact players? Bueller…Bueller…anyone?

  • Dr.Bakare Tunde

    Yasssssssss!

  • SC Dave

    New thread

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