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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Sunday Edition!

| August 6th, 2017

Cruz on Trubisky

From Dan Wiederer’s piece in the Trib, wrapping up Family Fest:

As for Mitch Trubisky? The Bears’ top draft pick oversaw an 11-play, 60-yard field goal drive. Trubisky threw five passes and completed three, the longest a 23-yard bullet over-the-middle to fellow rookie Tanner Gentry.

Cruz stressed the growth he’s seeing in the young quarterback.

“It’s his eagerness to learn,” Cruz said. “He’s not above the game. He doesn’t feel he’s entitled to anything because he was drafted so high. He’s eager, young and bright-eyed and ready to learn.”

There is a very interesting scenario about to play out for the Bears. Everyone knows – including Mike Glennon – that Trubisky is going to be the Bears starting quarterback very, very soon. How will this influence Glennon’s play? Remember, this is a kid who has proven nothing in the sport. He’s got one mediocre season on his resume and eleven passes in the two seasons since. Is he going to be willing to take the chances a quarterback needs to take to be successful? Or is he going to take the Brian Hoyer conservative approach, play to a good stat line and try to parlay that into a camp opportunity somewhere next summer?

The answer to that question will determine whether these Glennon games – of which I hope there are very few – are entertaining or not.

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It’s right over there on the right rail. (Or down below on mobile.) And it’s cool. Buy one.

New Kicker?

The most surprising thing I’m hearing from Bourbonnais? Utah kicker Andy Phillips is turning some heads and may actually press Connor Barth for the starting gig. If I was Barth, I’d make my kicks in the fake games. From the legendary Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times:

But Phillips earned the nickname “Automatic Andy” for a reason at Utah. His background makes him even more compelling.

Rodgers has been impressed by Phillips’ diligence.

“He’s always on his iPad,” Rodgers said. “He’s always looking at his stuff from OTAs, from minicamp, the days he did good, the things he can improve on. He tried a new plant shoe, a new kicking shoe. He’s trying to find that right combination.

“And that’s different than a lot of rookies. Most rookies come into camp, and they’re kind of staring at the vets: ‘What are they doing? OK, let me do that.’

“[Andy] has a little bit of his own routine. He’s a competitive guy. He’s obviously athletic. He’s done some athletic things over the course of his career. He’s done a good job so far.”

Quick Hits

TweetWreck

This fella Ian Wharton is referring to 2015, while Cutler played for Gase. Problem here? Brandon Marshall wasn’t on that team. A tweet earlier he mentioned that he was watching film. How do you not notice somebody isn’t on the team? Why Twitter can drive a person to madness.

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  • The First Guy

    First?

  • willbest

    So if we need 3 points, at 80% speed, Mitch is our guy

    • BearDown100393

      The road to Canton passes through Family Fest.

      • Corporal Clott

        I hope he gives a better induction speech than Kurt Warner did. Brutal.

        • BearDown100393

          Jon Gruden is introducing Mitch

  • Corporal Clott

    It’s cool. Buy 1? Let the spice flow!

    Myaaahahaha!

  • Corporal Clott

    “Why twitter can drive a person to madness”. Sur Jeff

    Funny, I think men with twat’s must be mad already.

    See how I did that MB? Hee hee

  • leftcoastdave

    “Is (Mike Glennon) going to be willing to take the chances a quarterback needs to
    take to be successful? Or is he going to take the Brian Hoyer
    conservative approach, play to a good stat line and try to parlay that
    into a camp opportunity somewhere next summer?”

    Who was acquired in FA or the draft and why?

    Beef with hands at TE x 2 and Joker x 2 in the backfield. No WR’s drafted and conservative signings in FA. What should tell you about how the organization wants to play this year?

    But hey, maybe Mike Glennon should become a gunslinger anyway, no matter what Pace built or how the coaches call the plays. Then Trub can get on the field whether he is ready or not.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
    • willbest

      Wow, I still can’t really believe it. If I were him I would have taken the cushy broadcasting job and run with it.

      • BearDown100393

        It will still be there

      • leftcoastdave

        He clearly wants to change the present narrative out on his career.

        I wish him well and great success.

        • willbest

          It says he has to compete. Dude isn’t in football shape, but apparently he passed whatever physical they through at him.

          • leftcoastdave

            Who else could Gase go to?

          • willbest

            That depends on if you think that team is 1 competent QB away from the playoffs. If not, wouldn’t it be a waste of money? And its not like Bradford knew the Vikings offense and he did alright, at least until they lost both starting tackles so Cutler knowing O isn’t all that critical. They could have gone with Kaep or called around for somebody like McCarron or Sanchez.

          • leftcoastdave

            I think they closed the deal with Cutty very quickly, and likely paid a handsome price just to keep from getting “Ravened” over the course of the next few days for not trying to get Kaepernick.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Who else could Gase go to.”

            Why, Mike Glennon, of course! Per Jeff.

          • Johnnywad

            Maybe he is in football shape. Hard to say without being in his life. They don’t get hit in camp anyway.

          • willbest

            I know he is a health nut, but it seems odd that he would keep going 100% with his training once he inked his deal with Fox.

          • Johnnywad

            I know I wouldn’t. But he might have. This scenario couldn’t have been completely off his radar.

            Any details on his contract out yet? He might be making 4 to 5 times the money for the next 6 months on the field instead of the booth. Gotta think he at least considered that over the summer.

            Just seems to me like the chips are falling his way. He clicked for Gase. Doubt there was going to be a better scenario under any circumstance than the one that fell in his lap. I hope he does well.

    • Bender McLugh

      The comments on that article are hilarious. They make all of us look sane on here

  • Bender McLugh

    Lots to like in these last two points from the CSN Chicago article above.

    5. Sleek Tarik: Cohen’s game translated in this much-more-live scenario, getting lost behind linemen before picking a hole or speeding to the outside. Six carries, 31 yards, and that 14-yard catch-and-run. Leonard Floyd chased him down from behind for just a two-yard gain after he was slowed a bit in traffic.

    6. Cohen’s fellow-fourth rounder: On Cohen’s first carry, he actually suffered a three-yard loss. The guy who put him down? Eddie Jackson.

  • BearDown100393

    Bears vs Dolphins
    SB

    • Johnnywad

      Ends in a tie

      • SC Dave

        Nah… Cutler plays the best game of his life, but is outplayed by Mike Glennon and the good guys win.

  • fishing florida

    Jay is back!!!! I always wondered how his ass would look in the aqua-marine pants of the Dolphins. I might have to buy extra lube for this season, cuz I am getting wood just thinking about it.

  • leftcoastdave

    Gotta love this:

    “Glennon and Meredith almost seem to be like they are telepathically linked. Glennon threw the ball before Meredith was out of his break, anticipating Meredith being open.
    The timing was perfect and Meredith caught it in stride. Not to be
    outdone by rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Glennon showed everyone he
    could throw on the run too. Glennon picked his favorite target and
    threw a 15-yard strike to Meredith while rolling to his right.”

    Glennon picks out his best target to get to know early.

    http://profootballspot.com/2017-fantasy-football-bears-glennon-meredith-have-chemistry/

    • willbest

      That can’t be right, according to Jeff, Glennon should just put the gun in his mouth and pull the trigger.

    • ButtonShoes

      Now wait and see what happens when Glennon has to deal with actual NFL defenses instead of the Bears defense. No one will be talking about his special “telepathic link” to Meredith when he’s throwing INT after INT after INT.

      • beninnorcal

        Or maybe he plays well? No one knows at this point, ‘buttonshoes’, that’s why they gotta play the games.

        • ButtonShoes

          Glennon has played games before. He wasn’t very good in them.

          • Irish Sweetness

            5-13 does have a whiff about it …

      • Irish Sweetness

        Based on his history of NOT throwing interceptions?

  • willbest

    I have to admit I was wrong on Cutler’s value. Current reporting has him on a 1year 10 million plus incentives. Which is about 8 million less than I pegged him assuming the incentives are closer to playoff/PB metrics and not just play time.

  • Corporal Clott

    If Jeff has to choose between watching a football game that Cutler or Glennon starts in, what are the odds he’ll go with the Bears game?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      2 TVs problem solved.

      • Corporal Clott

        Jess….it is a problem, isn’t it?

        • willbest

          But which game does he write about in his Monday blog post?

          • leftcoastdave

            Whichever one makes Mike Glennon look worse.

    • Jeff’s older brother Ray

      Jeff’s a bigger Bears fan than you’ll ever be Corporal.

      • Corporal Clott

        How much does he weigh? Hee hee

    • SC Dave

      The Guinness double vision should solve that.

  • Bender McLugh

    Jay you never left us

  • Malice Halice

    Oh how do I pity the dolphins’ fans! Man their season is fucked already. I’m sure Suh isn’t fond of this move personally knowing how pathetic Cutty is. Gase/Cutler tango is NOT gonna go as well as it did here. I’m very thankful and gracious to see Cutler play for a different city. Whether he does great (which I doubt) or mediocre I’m glad to get this validation. NO EXCUSES!

    • H.S English Professor

      What does it mean to be gracious that Cutler is playing in another city. I’m excited to use this phrase but want to make sure that I know what the fuck it means first.

    • SC Dave

      No one gives a fick what Suh thinks on the matter

      • Johnnywad

        Suh still plays?

        • BerwynBomber

          He made the Pro Bowl and was second team AP in ’16.

          And he has been remarkably durable. He has only missed two games in seven years.

  • Corporal Clott

    Dear Jeff,

    I get your excitement that Trubinsky is on the team, and I’m glad you place so much stock in him…really. I’ve been giving you a lot of sheite for being so critical of Glennon because I think there’s a right way to voice your opinions and a wrong way. I know there’s probably a few other guys who might agree with me but I would respect your opinion much more if you would stop tearing down Glennon before the young man even takes the field. If he takes a dump behind the center and he’s obviously not the bridge guy after he’s been given an opportunity then by all means, have at it.

    Respectfully,

    Idiotic Bears Fan.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Shit, he came back for only 10 mil?. And we’re paying Giraffe Boy 16 mil? Fuck.

    • Johnnywad

      Nah. It was time Joe.

      Just better hope Mitch is the truth. Otherwise…….fuck.

      • BerwynBomber

        I’m still holding out hope Glennon, too, can be Cutler-level in terms of quality of play. Maybe even a little above that. Matty Ice Jr. if you will.

        Of course he could also completely crap his pants, so who the F knows.

        • CanadaBear

          I think he will be less dynamic in the passing game but will make up for it with fewer TO’s. Not all that exciting but it might mean a better W/L record. 100% on your last sentence.

        • BuddhaJoe

          I think he’ll be Orton-like. He won’t wow you or shit the bed, he’ll kinda just be there.

        • Johnnywad

          I’m hoping he settles somewhere between Cutler and Hoyer. That’s my projected ceiling based on next to nothing, but I hope he gets there.

      • SC Dave

        Unless Glennon is good, of course.

    • BerwynBomber

      A) We probably would have had to pay him 15M
      B) Pace and Fox wished to move on

      • Corporal Clott

        Florida doesn’t have State income tax. I’m not sure how much he would have paid in Illinois but I’m sure it was noteworthy.

        • BearDown100393

          Saved himself about $14 million in taxes…..

        • willbest

          Less than you think, he has to pay taxes based on the # of days he will work in MA, NY, NJ, etc. Also, IL might look to claim Cutler as an IL resident for 2017 anyway

    • Corporal Clott

      Let’s not forget the Beaches, Babe’s and Bikini’s either, shall we?

    • ButtonShoes

      Bears Front Office/Ownership is dumb. What else can you say?

  • SC Dave

    Brandon Marshall offered Cutler his house in Miami since he’ll need a place to stay. How precious!

    • CanadaBear

      Don’t get it Dave. I’m sure it’s a genuine offer. Marshall is a shameless self promoter that wears everyone out, but at his core he seems like an OK guy. He and Cutler were friends at one time. It’s not so hard to imagine them being friends again.

      • BearDown100393

        Jay’s got 14 or 15 little kids at least by now. Give them all sharpies for those nice walls.

      • SC Dave

        Its just the shit that makes news, Canada

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        come on C-Bear. That friendship is like the friendship you have with a crazy alcoholic. You can’t help but feel sorry for them and help out when they need it. It is always a bonus when they offer help.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ll bet it’s not rent-free, brother!

        • CanadaBear

          Who knows? Pretty sure Jay could afford it.

  • BerwynBomber

    Well, I’m a little bummed if only because I was looking forward to Jay announcing. Wasn’t he scheduled to do the Bears’s 3rd preseason game, which would have been his maiden?

    But MIA is an excellent situation for him. Not only the obvious Gase connection but they were a post-season team last year (in Gase’s first year, no less). So seems a team on the rise.

    Only potential wrench in the spokes is if Tannenhill returns earlier than suspected. But should be fun and provide some additional salt to the blog.

    • BearDown100393

      Tannehill just got Bradforded by a veteran QB. Jay played this one beautifully.

      • BerwynBomber

        MIA did not put anywhere NEAR the commitment toward Cutler as MIN did toward Bradford.

        • BearDown100393

          Jay’s got that job for life. Gase loves him.

          • willbest

            Gase loves his job more.

        • willbest

          Tannehill isn’t anywhere near as injured. Mommy knew he might never play again and it isn’t like he was a top 20 QB anyway. Mia just needs a 1 year rental, and Jay was humble enough to take backup money to play starting football again

          • BerwynBomber

            But again, Bradford was wanted even before the MIN deal. PHI had traded for him in the off-season.

            This might still be Tannenhill’s job once he is healthy. Albeit there is not a huge difference between him and Jay except age and trends.

  • SC Dave

    That Wiederer story was well worth the read.

  • ButtonShoes

    Oh, Miami. You poor bastards.

  • beninnorcal

    Sorry Jeff, but ‘one mediocre season’? Pretty sure Glennon has over 4,000 yards passing to go with 30Td’s to 15int’s. If that’s one mediocre season(minus the eleven other passes), I’ll take mediocre any damn Sunday of the season.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      4000+ yards is not in one season.

      • beninnorcal

        I know it isn’t. As I posted, it’s ‘one mediocre season’ plus eleven passes. I’m too lazy to look up the actual #’s, but unless those 11 passes resulted in 1500 yards and 11 TD’s, that ‘one mediocre season’ was better than anything we’ve had here in awhile. So please, correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure I’m not.
        My point being, that his sample size is small, but I fail to see how he’s this terrible qb that Jeff is making him out to be.

        • beninnorcal

          And I’m wrong. In fairness tho, he’s had 1 and a half mediocre seasons. That makes way more sense. Still don’t see how he’s terrible tho.

  • BearDown100393

    Miami opted for the quarterback discarded by the Bears instead of chomping at the bit for his replacement opined by the blog guys to trade in order to start Mitch Trubisky.

    Rock on Jeff & Andrew.

    • willbest

      San Fran opted for other QBs we passed on. As are the Jets.

    • Johnnywad

      Glennon is making almost twice as much and would have required picks.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Good luck to Jay in Miami. At least we know he does wear the trousers in his mansion.

    Kenny Stills is now draft-able in 12-team leagues!

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